I would ask the question the other way around. How does one demo skis? I've never heard of such a thing.
I have never skied in the USA, only Australia (where I'm from), New Zealand, Austria and a couple of times in Canada. The only way I can imagine "demo-ing" skis is either by renting them (and rental skis are always crap, there's no way any rental company would have the latest whizz-bang expensive sticks for hire) or by stealing somebody else's.
How does one "demo" skis? Honestly. Tell me. I'm curious. Pretend I'm from another planet when you write your answer. I probably am. Remember, I'm the guy who doesn't know what a zipper line is. The only thing I know about skiing is how to do it.
It depends on where you are at...but ski stores, usually offer demos to help boost sales...you just need to ask. Often they might charge say $50-100, but will deduct that from the price of a new pair of skis if you buy. Some places like Whistler, have giant Demo tents on the hill, where you can try any number of skis for free for a few runs, and just keep swaping them over. Once you found the ones you like, tell the guy at the Demo tent, and he will call the store, and have a brand new pair all mounted up waiting for you at the bottom from the store. Other places have "Demo Days" where ski stores, and ski reps from all over set up at the top of the hill and you can try tons of different skis etc for a few runs for free....just need to leave ID and a Credit Card.
Edited by Skidude72 - 10/13/12 at 4:01pm