READY FOR A NEW FAVORITE SKI? LET US FIND THE PERFECT ONE FOR YOU
We use on-snow testing, experienced hands, and the Gear West signature flex tester to give us accurate, nuanced, repeatable metrics to identify the fastest skis. From your universal, “do-everything” race ski to that last niche ski that fills the hole in your fleet, the best way to get what you require is to get on our summer ski selection list. Here’s how you get the fastest skis in summer:
- WE TALK WITH YOU ABOUT HOW YOU SKI and under what conditions you plan to use your new skis. You may be looking for a ski that will perform well in a wide range of conditions. Or you may want skis to fill a specific niche in your quiver: one for very cold hard conditions or a universal ski that will handle warming conditions during a marathon. Whatever your ski-lemma, allowing us to hand-pick your skis directly from the manufacturer’s entire inventory is the surest way to get a ski to fit your specific needs.
- WE GO TO WHERE QUALITY SKIS ARE
We pull your new skis from Salomon’s, Fischer’s, and Rossignol’s race ski centers. It’s a ski racer’s nirvana with rows and rows of top-end race skis as far as the eye can see. We take a big breath, set up shop, and start evaluating and sorting hundreds of pairs per day. The absolute highest quality skis are set aside; everything else is left behind. Once we’ve narrowed down our options, we then select skis for each special order customer based on flex and characteristics to match their needs. 2014 marked the first time we brought our flex tester with us to test each ski with an unparalleled amount of detail, and it was so successful we’re doing it again to ensure you get exactly what you asked for.
- WE MATCH YOU WITH YOUR DREAM SKI
Even after filtering out all the skis that don’t meet our rigorous standards, we go through each ski again, taking further note of its specific performance characteristics. What is its fit range? What kind of conditions will it excel most in? What skiing styles might it mesh well or clash with? We take the time to learn each ski and then compare those characteristics to the detailed notes we keep about your request. Using our flex tester, we can and often do compare several skis side-by-side to find the subtle differences between pairs that can make a huge difference in final performance. Once we finally find the perfect match, we mark the ski with your name and an order reference, then store them in a VIP storage area that only Gear West signature ski fitters can access.
- WE MAKE SURE YOU GET THE MOST OUT OF YOUR SKIS
Finally, after we’ve found your new ski and safely stored it, we contact you one last time to finalize your order and answer any questions you may have about them. Many customers take this opportunity to further refine and prepare their new skis, often by adding on one of our World Cup stone grinds. Most will at least add with a hot box treatment to ensure their new bases are optimally saturated. In any case, we like to maintain an open line of communication with our customers to ensure they are getting the most value possible from their skis. We welcome wax and maintenance questions as well as comments and feedback about the skis all season long.
RESERVE YOUR NEW FAVORITE SKI TODAY
There is no charge for our Race Ski Selection Service, but to ensure the highest quality service we can only accept a limited number of applicants. We operate on a first-come-first-serve basis, so act fast.
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