Lots of people always ask which ski is best for x or what ski should I use. Obviously its important to read threads and look at reviews from others. Most of all the best method to find a ski is to demo tons of skis. That makes a ton of sense yet I have never seen a comprehensive discussion on how to demo a ski. So I thought it would be interesting to start a thread on how to demo skis and what to look for. Especially for those looking more toward performance oriented skiing.
Obviously if you are looking for a bump ski you should take the ski through some bumps. When looking for a powder ski its the same thing, you should ski through some powder. When looking for a race ski what can you do? Its not like there is a course setup and you can run through it then see what gives you the best time (or maybe you can). Also what do you look for in an all around ski?
So that leaves the question. What do you test? What if there is no powder, no bumps how do you figure out what is the best ski for the conditions you want to ski.
Obviously my first thought is around a check list of items that you would want to test on how the ski performs. Beyond that is how to test for those characteristics. So with that in mind my thought was to follow up with a drill. So my line of thinking is something like:
- Ski initialization: Practice rail turns on a flat surface
- Rebound: Remember the jam and jet days. Sort of thinking of some drill along that lines.
- Stability: Other than skiing fast not sure.
- Grip on ice: find some ice and turn?
- Carving: J turns
You get the idea but I am putting this out for the community more so to see what ideas others have. I have also found this video http://www.skinet.com/skiing/articles/how-demo-skis