Hired by Sears to work in their ski shop in Colorado Springs evenings part time during high school winters 67 & 68. The OS 500 was a pretty good ski.
Their warranty was off the charts. Guy came in with a tip ground off from being dragged behind his car. They gave him a new pair.
Was teaching weekends at Pikes Peak. Sears had a carpeted ramp in the parking lot and a program with Breckinridge ski school, they would teach 1st lesson on the ramp. The instructors had a bad habit of stopping at the bar on the way to the Springs a d not getting to town. I would take the lesson and they got paid for it. Only lessons I ever taught in a coat a d tie.
The very 1st pair of skis my parents bought me were from Sears; I think they were called rossignol free spirit? Very hard to find a picture of them anywhere, but I remmeber Sears carrying a lot of ski stuff back in the 70's