The Great American* Wax-Off

Here’s a joke to start off your weekend: “Two Skiers were on their way out on the trails, when one said, ‘Where did you get your new skis?’ The second skier replied, ‘Well, I was skiing along yesterday minding my own business when a beautiful woman came up on these skis. She unclipped them from her bindings and threw them to the ground, took off all her clothes and said, ‘Take what you want.’ The second skier nodded approvingly, ‘Good choice; the clothes probably wouldn’t have fit.'”

So what does a ski joke have to do with chic traveling? The joke is to the lighten the mood of what will be an otherwise cranky post.

Here’s the thing about skiing: You need skis that can glide over snow. That’s kind of the point. Well, I came up to Sunday River Ski Resort with my mother yesterday and needed to rent a pair of skis. Bob and Terry’s Ski and Sports came recommended to us. For $20 a day, I could rent a pair of skis and hit the slopes. But not so fast (quite literally). Skis need a good waxing now and then (don’t we all). These skis, I discovered on the trails, hadn’t been waxed in probably the entire winter season (not to mention they were gauged with several deep nicks). So we took the skis back to Bob and Terry’s only to learn that because ‘Bob and Terry’s prices are lower’ they also ‘don’t wax or tune the rental skis.’ Ummm, then why, may I ask, did Jack Frost Sports, which is several minutes CLOSER to the mountain, rent me a pair of new skis for $15 per day and wax and sharpen them fresh (by hand, no less) on the spot? Bob and Terry’s failed to give me any kind of refund for my uncomfortable/unwaxed skis and as a result, I am posting this ‘bad review’ so as to prevent anyone else to falling prey to their ways.

Do not question the waxing gods. The point is, traveling friends, next time you’re looking to rent or purchase skis or ski gear at Sunday River, opt for Jack Frost’s (located at 111 Skiway Rd. in Newry, Maine) over Bob and Terry’s. The Great American Wax Off’s results never fail.

*Note: the title is not meant to evoke The Great American Ski Renting Company and its affiliates in Newry, Maine, a rental shop that happens to be located directly half-way between Jack Frost Sports and Bob and Terry’s.

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About Kaitlin Solimine

Kaitlin Solimine was raised in New Hampshire but has considered China a second home for the past two decades. She is the author of the award-winning forthcoming novel Empire of Glass and co-founder of Hippo Reads, a media start-up connecting academic insights with real world issues. She lives in Singapore.
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