Last Friday (2/3) I decided to make my second attempt at skiing this year despite sketchy conditions at my local hill, Blue Mountain, PA (Phil's favorite) because, according to their website calendar, a nearby NJ shop, Hunterdon Ski, was having a demo day. So after a little warmup, I stopped by the demo table to sign up. Not a customer in line, so I figured I'll have a chance to try a couple of different things. I got my ID out and picked up a form, and the shop rep says " are you on our list?" He says it's a customer appreciation day with prior sign-up, and the demos are for customers only. Now, it's after 10 a.m., not a soul in sight, all the skis are just standing in the racks warming in the sunshine, but I can understand that they want to give their folks first shot when & if they show up, so I ask when the public will have access. They say "in the afternoon," so I ask if I should stop by at 12 or 12:30. They say "maybe three o'clock!" and with a large dose of attitude, as if to say "How dare you presume to take advantage of our special event for our loyal few." Just rude and dismissive. If they had certain models reserved at certain times I could see being in the back of the line, but that didn't seem to be the case.
I checked their traffic each time I got to the lift, and still no takers, as far as I could tell, but needless to say I didn't ask again. Now other local shops have had demo days at Elk and Blue on their CADs which I have enjoyed, and I have never heard of them being limited to prior sign-ups. Sad thing is, this shop, which I hadn't heard of before, is not that far away, and if I had been treated by like a potential customer instead of a nuisance I might've considered giving them some business. I guess they're selling more than most shops this season.