My job at the Skirack is to help you have fun doing things outdoors, and that is rewarding for me.
Yes, I’m a gearhead. I love the things I sell, and I always have, but I never lose sight of the fact that in the end, it’s not about the stuff. It’s about the experience you have outside playing with the stuff. If you have fun, and do it more and more, then I have done my job, and that feels good.
You can be a gearhead too, and many people do enjoy the buying part of the process. However, my advice is that before you go to purchase equipment, take the time to visualize that part of the overall experience that gives you the most satisfaction and fun, then set out to maximize that part.
Whether it’s skiing, snowboarding or walking the dog; before you start looking for gear, stop and think: What do you picture yourself doing? What is the best part of it? What makes you the happiest when you think about it?
You might imagine deep powder at sunrise with your heart thumping and cheeks flushed from skinning a mile straight up a hill, enjoying your dog walk with comfort less worry about slipping, or keeping up with your ski club group and still having a little left in the tank. Whatever your peak experience is, share that picture with the supplier you trust most so they can steer you towards the specific pieces of gear that will give you more time in that happy place. Maybe it’s a splitboard for the snowboarder wanting the rush of the sunrise descent, Icebugs and Smartwool vest for the extreme weather dog walker, or the latest in “skin skis” for the Nordic club skier.
Don’t worry if you are far away from where you want to be. That's part of the process too. Maybe you need something for improvement now, with the expectation of fine tuning your equipment later. Sometimes it’s a multi step plan, but we can guide you through it with the least effort and inconvenience, and it all starts with your vision of you enjoying your chosen activity.
- Sam Hewitt,
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