I am hoping for a bit of clarification/help as far as demoing skis. I have always been a mid-level ski renter, but after the advice from you guys/gals here, I plan to buy some boots and demo skis on my trip to Colorado this month. My first question is how demos work exactly. Do you get to walk in and pick a specific ski out of what the shop sells, or do they have a smaller grouping of skis that are just newer/better quality versions of their standard skis, and you just hope it includes some you want to try? I have been reading reviews and advice on these forums to try and narrow down skis that would fit my needs, but if the selection will be narrow, I wont waste my time preparing a list of exact skis. The boot purchase/rental location will be mountain sports outlet in Silverthorne, CO if that makes a difference.
Now lets say it does work as a "pick your poison" type system...maybe a little help with some options? I am 25, 6'0", 190ish, and a level 7-8 moderately aggressive skier. This ski trip will be spent at Keystone and Copper. The best example of my preferred ski terrain is what the backside of Keystone has to offer. I ski blues and blacks, about 50-50 groomed-ungroomed, ducking in and out of the trees a bit, and a few outback bowl runs per trip. I will ski some moguls, but not often or very well. I am demoing to find a ski to purchase. I am looking for a ski that will be a OSQ that will see repeated use in Colorado as well as future trips to the SLC area and Jackson Hole, and probably others. From reading advice from other threads on here, I am thinking I should be looking for around a 90mm waist for a rocky mountain all mountain ski. Any advice on specific skis I should have a look at would be greatly helpful.