Periodic Articles to Help You Navigate the Ski and Bike World
Wow. Just holy shit wow. Things are so weird right now. Ski season died, the world is in lockdown, and you don't know if you should verbally assault people who break your 6 foot bubble, or forgive them because everyone is under the same stress right now. There just isn't any frame of reference anymore. Welcome to the new normal!
Ever popped into a ski shop, found exactly what you wanted, but it turns out to be a little pricier than expected? It's happened to all of us at one point or another. Sometimes there is some room for movement on the price, sometimes there isn't. Navigating the discount request can be tricky and maybe even intimidating for some people. If you're unsure whether you should even ask for a discount, read on and grab some tips on what, and what not, to do to get that piece of gear just a little bit cheaper.
I've been in hundreds of ski shops in my journeys through recreational skiing and around the industry. I remember as a kid walking into shops and smelling P-Tex and wax and wandering through the maze of clothing racks, eventually ending up at the ski wall staring at the new gear lit up by the flood lights from the ceiling. I can also remember standing there staring at the new skis and not knowing what I was looking at except that they looked a hell of a lot cooler than my season lease set up.
Happy fall everyone! It's been a VERY busy summer for us. We loaded ourselves up with tons of projects, trips, upgrades, revamped programs for the shop, and new TUNING MACHINE INSTALLATION (sorry, I'm still excited about that). Amazingly, we've been pretty successful in getting the majority of them completed. One of the most time consuming of these projects is this, our new website.
Patrick Ross is President and Owner of Tygart Mountain Sports. He holds BA degrees in Secondary Education Social Studies, History, and Political Science from the University of Pittsburgh, and a Masters of History from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He's been an avid skier since early childhood and has more than 18 yrs experience in the ski industry.