Paul Oberin

  1. Be prepared if heading off piste.

    If heading off piste especially in Japan, and parts of USA and Europe, don't risk your life because you didn't spend a few dollars on safety equipment, and Avalung is cheap at around $115 and gives you around an extra 45 minutes of air if buried, and tracking beacon like the BCA tracker 2 is great value at around $300, it pays of course, to also have a shovel and probe to help in a rescue, and having this equipment is not a lot of good if you don't know how to use it when in an emergency situation, ...
  2. The USA trade show and demo fest.

    The USA trade show and demo fest.



    After 36 hours of flights and sitting around airports, it was good to finally get to the Colorado convention centre in Denver, the trade show is a real eye opener for those who are there for the first time, the stands are so spread out and well fitted out with product, the factory reps are in attendance, and there is no better place to find out all you could possibly
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  3. The importance of ski demo days.

    The importance of ski demo days.



    I was recently asked to fill in a questionnaire about the importance to me of attending the USA snow sports industry (SIA) demo days held at Winter park Colorado at a huge expense to the SIA.
    Some were saying it was a junket, others like me thought it was well worthwhile.
    I have been going to these SIA demo days for 3 years now as I still sell a lot of skis both in my shop and online, I also get asked often what ski would suit a persons requirements,
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  4. You can get a good deal on Skis in Australia.

    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Oberin View Post
    By getting better prices from the importers on previous seasons stock, I have been able to match the prices of overseas shops for my online shop, and in many cases actually go lower than them.
    It is not high profits but we can do it if we are prepared to lower the margins, and clear past seasons stock.
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  5. Don't buy new boots, get a Svenfit liner.

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    A guy called Sven Coomer is a genius at boot related matters and for a while now he has made a Zipfit cork liner for ski boots, but the newest liners are now improved even more with a better instep pressure relief on the tongue over the previous models.
    The Sven fit liner is good for around 450 days of skiing and can go from shell to shell as boot shells will not last that long, it constantly changes shape as required by the wearer, cork does not compress so this cork liner is way better than
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