When your buying your equipment for the rest of the 2006, and the upcoming 2007 seasons, throw your own personal style into the mix. Clothing companies like Orage, Oakley, and Siver are continually pumping out stylish gear every year that looks amazing…they are also putting some of the money you give them back into the sport in the form of movie sponsorships, and events all over the world. Without companies like them this sport would not be the way it is now, support them as much as you can. Even with the uniqueness of all the new clothing gear though there is always a gap between what is mass produced and what your own personal style would be if you had lowered inhibitions and were less self conscious. To fill this gap I recommend that everyone make a conscious effort to get something that will make them unique from the rest of the crowd, go to a thrift shop, Wal-Mart, or a trashy clothing store and pickup something that you think is cool shit and is something that the companies you love should be making. Of course the product you get will suck, but it will be unique and you might be surprised how it grows on you.
On the front of buying skis to all of you I recommend that you educate yourself about what you are riding. You will save money, and you will sound smart in front of all of your friends who have no idea what they are talking about. Wax your own skis, sharpen your own edges, learn the physics of the sport and your equipment. It will make you a better skier. Also learn how to mix epoxy, you’d be amazed how usefull that stuff is. When your buying a ski you had better take its graphics into consideration heavily, what skiers on the hill that aren’t in our segment of the sport will take away from your skiing is in a large part taken away from the graphics on your skis. Its your choice how you present yourself with the artwork, and there is plenty of it to chose from with the new ski lineups.
Do yourself a favor, don't be a fucking lemming.