Originally Posted by HRPufnStf
So many ways to answer this. Of course your MX83s would be a blast at JH. It doesn't snow every day there, though that might happen when you're there. And be ready to rent something bigger if it does snow.
But this time of year, it also makes sense to simply rent, and choose the right ski for the right day. It's even easy to switch during the day.
If you like to poke around off-piste, this is/can be a rocky time of year there, so I'd probably go the rental route, with the best insurance available.
JH Sports, Wildernest, Teton Village Sports, Pepi's. All good. One of those, probably JH Sports, allows you to swap out skis at the top of the gondola which can be darn handy.
Hopefully @Bob Peters will chime in too, probably after a great morning on the slopes (lucky bastid!).
Yes, thank you, I really DID have a great morning on the slopes. We got a little shot - like 3" - of snow but it did help soften things up a bit. Coverage is still excellent-plus, particularly if you factor in the time of the season. The skiing is extremely good on the groomers, not all that bad off the groomers if you have a sense of humor.
As to demo/rentals - it is true that the demo operation at the top of the gondola is gone. It's now going to be a "grab-n-go" food and beverage operation. That's too bad for people who liked to do on-hill demos for short periods, but in all honesty not very many people took advantage of it so the ski corp decided it could use the space in a better way.
Wildernest is also gone. That old building is being replaced by a super-uber-one-tenth-of-one-percent condo and private club. No rentals.
Teton Village Sports, Jackson Hole Sports, Pepi's Sports, and Jack Dennis Sports (ground floor of the Alpenhof) are the places for demos or rentals at the Village.
As to the MX83's, my proclivity for narrow skis - yes, Virginia, even at Jackson Hole - is well known. If I owned a pair of those excellent skis, I'd take them everywhere I went skiing (except CMH, I suppose). We have enough cover right now that I'm skiing non-rock skis all over the mountain. Ideally, the cover should be even better when the OP arrives.
One last thing. As to the quality of ski tunes for demos or rentals, if you arrange for your skis the afternoon before you pick them up, you can ask - nicely - to have them touched up a bit before you pick them up the next morning. Most of the shop folks appreciate someone who likes a well-tuned ski and they'll try to make sure the ski can make its best impression.