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NSSRA Offers Ship Skis as Newest Member Benefit

Program Is Designed To Increase Store Traffic While Offering Customers an Easy Way To Ship Their Gear

MOUNT PROSPECT, IL — The National Ski & Snowboard Retailers Association (NSSRA) Board of Directors is pleased to announce an agreement with Ship Skis to provide ski and board gear shipping services to NSSRA members. Ship Skis provides similar services to the golf industry under the Ship Sticks brand.

NSSRA members who participate in the program will be able to ship their customers’ gear to and from any home, business, or ski resort in the United States or abroad. Retailers will be provided with an easy to complete Ship Skis web page for their websites, which quickly calculates shipping charges. Through Ship Skis, shipping fees are offered at discount rates. This allows NSSRA retailers to earn a margin on their customers shipping charges for facilitating the shipment. Shipments are insured against loss or damage, and Ship Skis will cover up to $200 should the customer have to rent gear for any shipments that are delayed in-transit.

“This is such a natural service to provide our members that we didn’t want to wait until next season to get started,” said NSSRA Chairman of the Board Wilbur Rice. “Many retailers provide similar services for their customers, but the Ship Skis program will save significantly on the cost of shipping skis, boards or other gear to ski resorts.

“I want to thank NSSRA Past Chairman Brad Nelson and Chairman-Elect Teddy Schiavoni for their work in putting this together,” Rice said. “As busy as they have been in their shops, they understood the importance of making Ship Skis available to our members now rather than waiting until next season.”

“We are ecstatic about the new partnership with the NSSRA and proud to join the existing partners in the endeavor to advocate for Ski/Snowboard retailers across the country,” says Nicholas Coleman, CEO. “We believe Ship Skis will extend a unique opportunity to assist every member of the NSSRA with increased foot traffic and revenue at each of its specialty retailers and vendors. This partnership will provide ski/snowboard business vendors and down slope retailers with a way to ensure their customer base has a full-service experience from the counter at the store to the slopes anywhere in the world.”

For more information on Ship Skis, please visit wsmith

For more information on NSSRA, contact NSSRA President Larry Weindruch, lweindruch, or stop by Booth #3628 during the SIA Snow Show.

About NSSRA: The National Ski & Snowboard Retailers Association is a volunteer-led organization dedicated to growing snow sports participation and to support and educate specialty snow sports retailers. Since its founding in 1989, NSSRA has served as the voice of specialty retailers, representing their interest on issues that affect the specialty retail channel. NSSRA publishes research reports for specialty snow sports retailers, offers cost-saving services, and compiles and distributes the Combined Indemnified Bindings List. For more information, please contact NSSRA President Larry Weindruch, (847) 391-9825, or email: lweindruch.

About Ship Skis: Ship Skis provides a door-to-door shipping solution for the traveler who desires a hassle-free traveling experience. As the most reliable and cost effective shipping service available, Ship Skis has partnered with the world’s finest Ski Resorts, Ski Shops and Hotels to allow for an effortless shipping experience. Shipping skis, snowboards, and luggage with Ship Skis allows you to save time and money at the airport by avoiding the long check-in lines, crowded baggage terminals, and expensive baggage fees. Whether your skis, snowboards or luggage are being picked up from your home or office, Ship Skis guarantees an on-time delivery to wherever you’re staying or skiing. For additional information with regards to these convenient services, please visit www.shipskis.com.

Approved Bindings for the alpine ski industry 2013-14 Ski Season

What? Yes, if the binding is not on the list, you cannot work on it.

If you work in a ski shop or on a slope, you need to understand the term “approved binding.” This means the binding is still up to date, and the binding manufacturer still wants the binding supported.

It might be better to understand what a non-approved binding is.  If the binding is not on the list, it is a binding you as a ski shop cannot touch. There is not indemnification from the binding manufacturer if there is a problem with the binding.

Each ski season you should contact the manufacturers of the bindings you work with to get their approved binding list. You should also double check and have available for your employees the approved binding list. Any binding that you are not familiar with that comes in your shop; you should check to see if is still on the approved list.

If the binding is not on the list, you should follow your shop policies on how to deal with the binding. That, simply put, should inform the owner of the binding that you cannot touch the binding. You cannot perform any work on the binding; you cannot touch the binding.

There are two good locations to find this list:

Play it Again Sports has a list: http://rec-law.us/181AU5c

Gondyline.com  http://rec-law.us/16U8zxE

The National Ski & Snowboard Retailers Association (NSSRA) also has a list. However, it is only available to members.

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Go get the list, download it and make sure your employees know where to find it.

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