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Any good demo days in CO?

post #1 of 16
Thread Starter 

It's time to buy a new pair of skis, and being picky about how skis feel I'd like to be able to test-drive as many current retail skis as possible.  Seems like most resorts' demo rental packages that are normally offered have only a limited range of brands/models available.  Do any of the CO resorts (preferably the ones along/near I-70) have ski gear festival type events where people can try out lots of different skis?

post #2 of 16

Christy's sponsors demo days at Loveland.  I have been told it will be November 15, 2014.  Usually it is $45.00 for lift ticket, lunch, demos, beer and raffle at the end of the day.  I think it is a fun way to start the ski season.

post #3 of 16

Colorado Ski and Golf.  Usually the other mid-November Saturday that isn't used by Christy's.  Call them for info.

post #4 of 16

You can't have a "good" demo day in Mid Nov on the WROD of death.  You can have a demo day but  a good demo day would require all terrain to be open preferably with fresh deep snow.

post #5 of 16
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Originally Posted by UGASkiDawg View Post
 

You can't have a "good" demo day in Mid Nov on the WROD of death.  You can have a demo day but  a good demo day would require all terrain to be open preferably with fresh deep snow.

 

I think you can. It is a chance to try many different skis.  I can eliminate skis I really don't like and narrow choices down to skis I would be willing to rent when there is more snow.  Demoing skis on cut up, crappy early season snow can give you a decent idea of how they feel in less than stellar conditions.

post #6 of 16
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the leads, I'll check those out.

 

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Originally Posted by UGASkiDawg View Post
 

You can't have a "good" demo day in Mid Nov on the WROD of death.  You can have a demo day but  a good demo day would require all terrain to be open preferably with fresh deep snow.

 

Well, while the conditions can't be ideal of course, I hope I'd at least be able to get a sense of how the skis feel.  How much energy, pop, dampening, etc.  Much better than reading about a ski, or looking at an unmounted ski in a shop.  :-)

post #7 of 16

Bentgate Mountaineering usually has two demo days for trekking, powder and touring skis at Loveland, one early, one well after New Year's.

 

Last year it was lift ticket $40, demoing free. (If you already had a ticket, it was free.)  

 

They had duplicate ski stocks, with both touring setups (fasten down and it becomes alpine, good with regular alpine boots) and telemark setups (non-alpine boots); skis in multiple lengths from at least 90mm to 128+mm waists  (Soul 7, Super 7, Squad 7, Sal Quest line, some K2, Icelantic, Black Diamond, on and on).  Their second demo day was on the biggest two day dump of the year.  I think I skied eight pairs of powder skis that day.  I recall that 2nd day was in early February or late January. 

post #8 of 16

So this has been inactive for a while, but if folks didn't see the email, next below -- date is 22 NOV at Keystone for CO Ski  and Golf Demo day

 

post #9 of 16
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Originally Posted by skier31 View Post
 

Christy's sponsors demo days at Loveland.  I have been told it will be November 15, 2014.  Usually it is $45.00 for lift ticket, lunch, demos, beer and raffle at the end of the day.  I think it is a fun way to start the ski season.

 

This is correct -- Luv's 1st Demo day is on Saturday. $45 all inclusive, or $30 if you don't need a lift ticket. They've got at least a couple of runs open now, perhaps more by then.

post #10 of 16
Thread Starter 

Ha.  Well, hopefully I wont regret but I kinda on a whim ended up buying some 13/14 Mantras today.  :p

Didn't make it to the demo day yesterday, unfortunately.  Probably was an interesting day with all the snow falling. 

post #11 of 16
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Originally Posted by job151 View Post
 

So this has been inactive for a while, but if folks didn't see the email, next below -- date is 22 NOV at Keystone for CO Ski  and Golf Demo day

 

I went to the Loveland Christy's demo day last Saturday, and was very glad I did.  I didn't realize how many different brand skis and snowboards there would be, with reps who knew their models inside and out.  Crazy fun, even though only 2/3 runs were open.  It didn't matter, it snowed all day long, my goggles didn't fog up, and the longish lift lines let me share impressions with other demo skiers, get some rest and save me from myself on one ski after another.  

 

Plan to go to this Ski and Golf demo day, probably just as fun, no matter what the snow (especially after the dumps we've gotten).  So maybe I'll be trying out groomer skis and afternoon mogul build up skis a bit.  And see how fat skis do getting back to the lift and railing.  

 

I'd love to hear from other Bears who go, and learn from, hear about, the skis you tried and your reactions.  I set up a thread for demo day" reactions, once you go, for fun: http://www.epicski.com/t/130137/demo-day-at-loveland-what-skis-did-you-like#post_1790821.  

 

Now, one more good dump, and early season is over! :) 

post #12 of 16

Copper is doing a free Colorado demo weekend the 22nd and 23rd. The bad news is you might see me there. And they are only doing Colorado gear. From the web site (http://www.coppercolorado.com/winter/events_and_activities/calendar/1066872095):

 

Gear up for the 4th Annual Colorado Demo Days by celebrating our state with Colorado homegrown skis, boards, beers and bands. Vendor Village will be from 9am - 4pm daily.

Participating Brands: Never Summer, Oz Snowboards, Freeride Systems, Woodward Copper, Bomber Industries, RMU/Rocky Mountain Underground, Meier Skis, Weston Snowboards, and Candy Grind

Local Bands: Funky Johnson and Split Window, Saturday 2pm in Burning Stones Plaza

post #13 of 16
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Copper is doing a free Colorado demo weekend the 22nd and 23rd. The bad news is you might see me there. And they are only doing Colorado gear. From the web site (http://www.coppercolorado.com/winter/events_and_activities/calendar/1066872095):

 

Gear up for the 4th Annual Colorado Demo Days by celebrating our state with Colorado homegrown skis, boards, beers and bands. Vendor Village will be from 9am - 4pm daily.

Participating Brands: Never Summer, Oz Snowboards, Freeride Systems, Woodward Copper, Bomber Industries, RMU/Rocky Mountain Underground, Meier Skis, Weston Snowboards, and Candy Grind

Local Bands: Funky Johnson and Split Window, Saturday 2pm in Burning Stones Plaza

ssh, does Never Summer also make skis, if under another brand name? or let another company make skis in their space? I seem to recall something about that.   Also, although those were the brands mentioned on the website, are there any others, ones I might have heard of????   Please, if you or anyone knows something, esp. something good about the local ski brands that will be present (from having a pair, etc.), please let me know, just give me a good excuse to go local, and at Copper, instead of the Ski and Golf/Keystone demo day I am headed inexorably for on Saturday, sure looks like.  

post #14 of 16

I know Fatypus is local, in Breck.  I'd be tempted if they were going to be there.  

post #15 of 16

Icelantic makes their skis in the never summer facility.  

 

http://www.epicski.com/t/130137/demo-day-at-loveland-what-skis-did-you-like#post_1791469

post #16 of 16

Never Summer makes a number of other brands' stuff in their factory, Icelantic being the most well-known. I only know what's on the Copper web site at this point, but have been thinking about getting up to make some turns, anyway, so why not go on a demo day? I'll try to reach Annelise to see if Icelantic will be there.

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