Most of the new skis arrived in the final week of September at Nordic Ultratune. I started selecting skis from the pre-season pick list on Oct 1st, sorting through the skis by brand, by technique (skate skis and classic skis) and then down the pick list in the order that they were received .
Skis are all tested for flex and camber characteristics on the Ultratune Digital Flex Press, and fitted to meet the needs of each client. If I don't have the right ski, I order more skis.
By now, the 2nd week in October, I'm not even close to half way through the pick list. For a few people delay will be a little longer if their skis haven't yet arrived, or if I've had to order more skis to fill holes. For instance, I'm still waiting for the arrival of several Madshus skate skis.
The inventory in the shop consists entirely of Rossignol Xium, Atomic World Cup ("Red Cheetah"), and Madshus Nanosonic skis. There are nearly 200 pairs of Xiums, Cheetahs and Nanos still in stock, and Ultratune's pick list is a moving target, since the list continues to grow on the bottom even as they get checked off the list on the top.
It's still a month-and-a-half before the ski season starts in most places, and there are a ton of skis in the shop. Ski enthusiasts always smile and comment on the big row of exclusively top-end skis on the rack. Stop in sometime if you're in the Methow Valley!