Had I gotten it together during the summer, I could have saved five hundred bones. Some custom ski builders, notably Boulder, Colorado’s Folsom skis offers a semi-custom option during their slow months from May to August. For $800 you can pick from one of their 10 shapes (big mountain, park and pipe, carving, etc.), but dial the flex and camber in according to your weight and then pick from a generous slate of 20 topsheet graphic designs. It’s essentially as much customization as most people need, while also capturing the quality and warranty of a boutique builder. Alas, I was four months too late to get the semi-custom option.