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Ski hire: standard, performance, executive... what does it all mean?

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First of all, I'm pretty new to skiing, about 10 times or so. I've rented a few times before buying my own set. As far as I can tell, I didn't notice much difference. I know about terminology like camber, rocker, and everything in between. What I don't understand is the different tiers of ski hires. Can anyone enlighten me as to how these tiers are supposedly different? 

 

I'm an intermediate skiier (comfortable down east coast Canadian blacks and easy double blacks, as well as west coast difficult blues and easy blacks), but not good enough to be able to feel the difference in my skis. I'll be skiing in another week or so, and one thing I'd like to try is different ski shapes, particularly rockers and fat skis. The ski shop I'll be renting from isn't charging much more for higher level skis ($20 for standard, $25 for performance, $30 for demo/exec) so I wouldn't mind paying for more if it actually means something.

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Demo/exec will be the current year model, powder skis, twin tips skis, and race type skis, new or in really great condition.

 

Performance is going to be last year's demos and this year's all mountain intermediate to advanced skis.

 

Standard is often the older, but still usable skis in the rental fleet, often beginner to intermediate models.  I wouldn't recommend this option for advanced and expert ski runs.  A good skier could make it work but they would have way more fun on better skis.

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Exec skis are normally rated as expert skis and I have often rented them for the purpose of evaluating them for possible purchase. They are normally tuned to a higher standard than cheaper skis. To not notice any difference would be due to a too similar exec ski being chosen from what you would normally rent

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Originally Posted by NoSkiingAllowed View Post

First of all, I'm pretty new to skiing, about 10 times or so. I've rented a few times before buying my own set. As far as I can tell, I didn't notice much difference. I know about terminology like camber, rocker, and everything in between. What I don't understand is the different tiers of ski hires. Can anyone enlighten me as to how these tiers are supposedly different? 

 

I'm an intermediate skiier (comfortable down east coast Canadian blacks and easy double blacks, as well as west coast difficult blues and easy blacks), but not good enough to be able to feel the difference in my skis. I'll be skiing in another week or so, and one thing I'd like to try is different ski shapes, particularly rockers and fat skis. The ski shop I'll be renting from isn't charging much more for higher level skis ($20 for standard, $25 for performance, $30 for demo/exec) so I wouldn't mind paying for more if it actually means something.

Welcome to EpicSki!  Where are you planning to ski?

 

If you can find out examples of models that are included for the different prices, that's helpful.  What did you buy?

 

When I started skiing more regularly, I found that I could tell the difference in skis more than I expected.  That was based on free demo days where you only get to try a pair of skis for a couple runs.  I was an advanced intermediate, but with decent technique since I learned long ago as a kid.

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The overall condition and tuning of the basic/standard rental skis depends on where you are renting them from.  If you rent them from a ski shop on a seasonal rental they will probably come fairly well tuned, waxed, and you can usually bring them back to get them tuned again as needed.  If you rent them from the resort on a one day rental the condition will be a crap shoot that depends on how late they were returned the previous day and in what condition.  They don't usually tune the basic rental skis daily at the resort because there are so many of them out each day. 

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