Got me where I live.
Ski shops don't interest me much any more. It has been years. The fancy clothes, high priced skis, alpine, over the top. I don't need that stuff and it doesn't interest me any more.
Today I stopped into my favorite shop that has been my sole source of alpine stuff for many many years, albeit I haven't bought any alpine stuff for >5 yrs. I was only there to pick up my favorite backcountry skis, which hadn't seen a file for 3 years.http://www.skicenter.com/web/about.asp?s_id=0
Then I went upstairs to talk with Brian who grew up in VT and coaches racing. He is a good guy and a good skier who can do a convincing imitation of a curmudgeon, if you let him. He was fitting boots for someone. I waited. Then it happened; they got me where I live. Adrian came over and silently handed me a ski mounted with the new NTN binding and a Scarpa NTN boot. Holy !ihS! I didn't expect to see one of these things in the flesh for a couple of years, let alone be allowed to fondle one in the shop. I tried it on, dropped a knee, tried the flex. Very smooth. Nice. And absolute torsional rigidity. What am I going to do now? I have two pairs of Hammerheads, a pair of Switchbacks, 3 pairs of 75 mm tele boots. When I got into this game the best and most expensive binding you could buy had 3 pins and cost $35. What happened?
I finally took it off and gave it back, then walked to the other side of the shop. Something else caught my eye and began to sing. It was "The Thug" a fat ski with a 120 mm waist. Whoa!!!!!
Where do I go from here?