Warren I pulled that off this year. I was a full time ski instructor for 2 years in a row (not last year), but began to notice how they had no life left in my skis.
I picked up a new pair at Willi's ski sale and now have my other ones as rock skis. I also got lucky that August is my birthday (perfect time for ski shopping). However, I also bought her a diamond ring (her birthday is August too). So the new pair of skis actually cost me triple the cost