There is a ski demo going on this weekend at the mountain I'm visiting. I was thinking about buying skis so I'm excited. Seems like there will be several brands present at the event. I've never done one of these before (newbie here) so I wanted to ask what is a ski demo like? Will I be able to ski all day on the demo skis without having to pay for rentals (I have my own boots, but no skis or poles.)? Is buying at these events a good idea, are prices usually competitive? I'm pretty new to skiing, skied maybe 10-11 days on green/blue terrain, but I just bought my first pair of boots and am thinking about skiing more regularly from now with my own gear. Thanks in advance for the information!
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What is a ski demo event like?post #1 of 611/24/11 at 5:13amThread Starterpost #2 of 611/24/11 at 5:56am
Really depends on where the demo is and who runs it. Sometimes it's free but other times you have to pay. Call the mountain if you want more info on it.
I probably wouldn't buy skis there. Get a feel for the skis then go to your local shop and let them know what you though of all the skis. You probably should get some poles though.post #3 of 611/24/11 at 7:17am
Don't be afraid in trying the same ski in two different lengths too. Take the manufacturers propaganda with a grain of salt, all the skis are good, it is a matter of matching some of the feel of the ski with what you like. Let your gut feel guide your way. Also don't be afraid to go back and try a ski again..especially the first one that you demoed...it might feel completely different after trying some different skis.post #4 of 611/24/11 at 8:23am
Since you're fairly new to skiing what you need to buy first, before skis, is a pair of boots that actually fit your feet, from a knowledgeable fitter. Boots are much more important than skis.post #5 of 611/24/11 at 3:04pm
I tend to narrow the field down by the category of ski. On one day I might demo a bunch of hard snow carvers, and the next day go back and try out the wider, softer skis. For my purposes I couldn't see the point in trying a race stock SL ski only to swap over to a 98mm rockered twin tip for the next run. At the demo events I've been to you just don't have time to try all the skis you'd like to, so having a rough plan going in provides a bit of focus.
As a secondary point I was also trying to determine if I preferred a damp ski v's a lively ski. And lastly I was staying conscious of the ramp/delta angle of the binding I was on to see if I could get a read on my preference there.
Since you have your boots already you just need to beg, borrow or rent a set of poles.
They're great days. Enjoy!post #6 of 611/24/11 at 3:39pm
Actually, when I re-read his post, he has boots.
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