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New England places to demo multiple pairs in a day?

post #1 of 11
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Not sure if this belongs here, so please let me know if I need to move.

 

5'10, 150 lb(hopefully increasing), New England only, advanced but not expert skier trying to get better at off-trail stuff. Want something nimble but stable at relatively high speed(say 40-45mph max? can't imagine myself doing 60mph). 

 

Pretty much have my mind set on getting one of the following pairs: 173 Brahma/170 Kendo/172 Rossi E88. Like I said, I kinda prefer nimble rather than high-speed stability so the sizes are on the short side. 

 

I'd like to demo all before pulling the trigger, but I'm wondering if there is a slopeside option to demo all 3 in the same day so condition can be fairly constant. Any suggestion is welcome.

post #2 of 11
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Something to add: currently using 178 line chronics for everything, and definitely feeling it's long in Blue/Black trees of Killington. Might be my techniques, but it's more than once that I have one ski tail stepping on the other and I'm not even mounting forward.

post #3 of 11

Stowe has a demo shop right at the quad, don't know all the brands they have but you are less than 20 yards to the lift for quick change outs.

post #4 of 11
Cabin at Mt Snow has plenty to try and is quick change at base.
post #5 of 11

IMO your on a ski that to long for you.

 

Your right to be looking for a 170cm.

 

Okemo has a Demo day coming up Mar 21st. you can take the skis out for a run or two and then return them for another pair. Those 3 skis will be there.

 

I ski the Kendo in 177cm, I'm 5'11" 195lbs.

 

Also Totem Pole ski shop in Ludlow VT may have all 3. Call them and see if you can demo them. I know Northern Ski Works in Ludlow VT will let you demo 3 skis in one day, but you have to come back to the shop to change skis. That was in 2013/2014.

post #6 of 11
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Originally Posted by Max Capacity View Post
 

IMO your on a ski that to long for you.

 

Your right to be looking for a 170cm.

 

Okemo has a Demo day coming up Mar 21st. you can take the skis out for a run or two and then return them for another pair. Those 3 skis will be there.

 

I ski the Kendo in 177cm, I'm 5'11" 195lbs.

 

Also Totem Pole ski shop in Ludlow VT may have all 3. Call them and see if you can demo them. I know Northern Ski Works in Ludlow VT will let you demo 3 skis in one day, but you have to come back to the shop to change skis. That was in 2013/2014.

 

I bought that with the intention of using it mainly in park and given the amount of rocker and stability in landing, I thought it should be fine. Ended up skiing outside of park more...

 

Sounds like Okemo is on the list now...thanks.

post #7 of 11

For the demo day you need a CC and a form of ID. The CC is just in case you don't bring the skis back.

post #8 of 11

The best two slopeside demo shops that I have seen are at Cranmore and Wachusett. Both have an excellent selection that will keep you occupied all day.

 

I highly recommend you go demo and keep an open mind. That's how I found the Rossi E88 back in 2012 when it was brand new and nobody was talking about it.

 

You could also keep an eye out for a demo day sponsored by a local shop. I've gone to great demo days from Village Sport Shop at Burke, and Ski Haus at Cannon.

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Originally Posted by bliz1978 View Post
 

The best two slopeside demo shops that I have seen are at Cranmore and Wachusett. Both have an excellent selection that will keep you occupied all day.

 

I highly recommend you go demo and keep an open mind. That's how I found the Rossi E88 back in 2012 when it was brand new and nobody was talking about it.

 

You could also keep an eye out for a demo day sponsored by a local shop. I've gone to great demo days from Village Sport Shop at Burke, and Ski Haus at Cannon.

 

Thanks! Going to Wachusett this Sunday and since they don't have Brahma, I'll be demoing E88, Kendo and X-Drive 8.8 which seems to have a lot of good reviews here.

 

I went to the SkiHaus-sponsored day two years ago and that's where I decided on my chronics. Cannon has one tomorrow sponsored by Sport Thoma, but when I called they said they'll have mostly 180cm-sized boards. Given it's a 2.5-hr drive...I'll wait for another time.

post #10 of 11

Sunapee in NH is having a demo day March 11-15 as well. Just need a CC in case you run away with the skis.

post #11 of 11

Since you ski Killington, have you tried the demo shop at Snowshed?  They let you try up to 3 skis and apply the fee to a future purchase.  Not sure if they carry all the skis you mention however.

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