Gary Neptune, left, helps Elaine Vardamis with some knife work on the tail of her skis during a class on making homemade skis at Neptune Mountaineering on
Gary Neptune, left, helps Elaine Vardamis with some knife work on the tail of her skis during a class on making homemade skis at Neptune Mountaineering on Feb. 23, 2011. Neptune has sold the store to the Texas-based Backwoods retail chain. (Paul Aiken / Camera file photo)