Let me tell you a quick story that might sound familiar. Awhile back I was in a large chain outdoor equipment store, just browsing and waiting for my wife. Naturally, I gravitated over to the ski section, because that’s what you do when you’re obsessed with skis. A young guy who works there came over to me, looked at the skis I had picked up and told me without hesitation “those skis are perfect for you!” And all I could think was, how could he possibly know which skis are perfect for me without knowing anything about me, or even asking if I skied at all?!
This is the problem I see most often in big shops – skis forced down people's throats simply because of popularity and very little concern for proper fit.
Chances are, if you are shopping for skis, at some point you’ll find yourself in this same scenario. A good way to make sure that you walk out of any ski shop with the best skis for you is to be prepared and educated before you go in. This doesn’t mean that you have to have already researched every ski out there. The vast array of different ski options can, without a doubt, get confusing and overwhelming because manufacturers often have their own unique name for many of the same features. But asking yourself the right questions ahead of time can really help you clearly explain to any salesperson who knows their stuff just what you need.
Once you have a nice clear picture of what you will be using your skis for, where you hope to ski, and what you like and dislike about what you currently own, it’s time to brave the shops. Keep in mind that even armed with all of this info about what you’re looking for you will still need to find a knowledgeable salesperson to point you in the right direction.
So, how can you tell if you found a salesperson that knows how to fit you properly for skis?
It's simple: It's not about how they answer your questions, it's all about the questions they ask YOU. If they start out by asking you a few questions, you’re on the right track.
Answer their questions, give them all the info that you have, then let them show you what they recommend. Don’t hesitate to ask them why they are recommending certain skis or any other questions that you might have. And keep in mind that you can always write down their suggestions and do more research of your own. Choosing the right ski is a process, so don’t feel pressured into buying something before you’re ready. Just remember, the ultimate goal is for you to find skis that make your skiing experience as enjoyable as possible!
We believe so strongly in fitting people for the right equipment that we offer a free consultation fit. Call, email or schedule a time to stop into the shop and we'll use our unique system to pair you with your perfect ski – regardless of the manufacturer. You can take your custom ski profile into any shop and have a clear idea of the best ski for you, or use it to buy one of ours or build a custom model. It's free, and it's fun!
Have more questions about shopping for skis that we didn’t answer? Give us a call! Talking skis and helping you find your ideal ski is what we love to do.