Take care of your gear and it will take care of you.
1. Take Stock: Go over any equipment issues while the season is still fresh in your mind, and address any fixes you’ve put off. It’s discouraging to bust out the gear for a new season and see that core shot’s still there, that buckle’s still bent, that basket’s still missing.
2. Get Them Tuned: Shops are busy in the fall, and so are you. Take your skis in now for the post-season tune and any other backshop business. While you’re there, it’s always worth asking if the shop is selling any high-end demo models at season’s end.
How’s this for the perfect vacation: a carbon-neutral indoor ski mountain on the shores of the Mediterranean.
Maybe this is our long-awaited, selfish, shortsighted, gotta-ski answer for global warming: dome skiing. In beautiful Barcelona, of all places. By 2015, even. A Dutch company has proposed building Barcelona Snow World, a massive recreational complex, including a 39,000-square-foot ski dome. It’s part of a vast redevelopment initiative south of the city, which, so the advance publicity claims, will be carbon-neutral. We’ve haven’t met a turn we don’t like, but a carbon-neutral 39,000-square-foot indoor ski slope? We’re all in.