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How do I get information on So Cal consumer demo days?

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I just returned from 3 days demoing skis at Mammoth.  To maximize the number of skis I could try I demoed from the mountain rather than the shops in town.  Nevertheless, the range of brands is limited to what they carry, and having to go into the lodge to swap out takes a bit of time.  Plus it cost me $59/day.  A nice alternative, then, is a consumer demo day (or, even better, a consumer demo weekend).  The last time I did one of these I got to try ~15 different skis in one weekend.  

 

Problem is, I've not been able to find any info. about them in So Cal.   Two high-end shops, one at Mammoth and one in LA, both insisted there was no longer such a thing -- that demo days are now industry-only.  But I know that's not correct for the east coast, for example: http://www.huntermtn.com/huntermtn/calendar.aspx?mode=detail&eventId=consumer_demo_weekend

 

Does anyone know if there are consumer demo days or weekends at So Cal resorts?   I assume the next ones, if any, will be ~Dec. 2014. But if anyone knows a way a consumer could test some of the 2014 skis this spring.....

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This is why I never demo.  Typically the skis that interest me are not available for that purpose at Mammoth.  Do your homework, buy at less than full price and pray your abilities match up with what the ski offers.

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REI does them and had a couple already at Snow Summit (could've just been one with the other a reschedule due to lack of snow). I think they're done for this season even though SS is still skiing. A sales guy at REI told me that various mfrs. will sometimes set up demos at the top of the mountain but it's very hit or miss when they occur as it seems like it's at the whim of the brand's rep.

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Thanks 3whoSki, I'll check it out.

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