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CO Resort Demo days?

post #1 of 14
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I plan on demoing skis this season to try and determine which work best for me and buy a pair or two.  I'll be skiing exclusively in CO this season and would like to go to Demo Days if I can make the schedule work.

 

Which CO resorts typically hold Demo Day(s) and when do they typically schedule them for?

post #2 of 14

Most every resort has a demo day. Typically they are earlier in the season (starting mid-late November at Loveland) to encourage you to buy new skis for the season. Most of them I've seen are one day events. 

 

Frankly, not worth a specific trip unless the snow is really good early season. Last year it was quite a mad show as everyone was on one or two white-ribbons-of-death, waiting in lift lines etc. Many vendors at the Keystone demo day left/closed early because people were trashing their sticks on terrain opened that day that was very poorly covered.  If we get a lot of snow, then perhaps worthwhile. The Loveland day is something like $40 or $50 for all you can demo skis, a lift ticket, a $10 lunch voucher (which buys a big lunch at Loveland) and a beer. 

 

Unless you have lots of vacation / resource I'd imagine its better to demo from a good shop when you come. You'll get more attention from shop workers to help you find the right sticks for you. 

post #3 of 14

Loveland is the most predictable.  Always the second or third weekend in November.

post #4 of 14

In my experience, only the bigger, destination ski areas in Colorado (Aspen, Telluride, Steamboat, Vail) have as wide a selection of demo skis close to the slopes as the two industry demo days mentioned.  Area-sponsored demo days, by contrast, are more limited, as near as I can tell.  Some, for instance, offer local brands (Copper Mountain) or a few smaller ski brands (A Basin) only.  There is one for women's skis only, I believe (at Loveland?).  

 

On the Front Range, Colo., I really like the two early Nov. industry demo days, one at Loveland (courtesy Christy Sports), one at Keystone (courtesy Colo Ski & Golf); one day each on back to back weekends.  This past year, the two were night and day: 5" fresh powder on a good base at the Christy/Loveland demo, skied off rocks at Ski&Golf/Keystone. (Keystone usually gets less snow anyway, especially noticeable early.)  

 

The big ski brand reps have a national circuit they follow, mostly as a herd.  They go to demos made available to their biggest selling chain shops, at least in this area.  The big brands are all there, with a full line of brand new, perfectly tuned models in multiple lengths - bigger, fresher inventory than any one shop can come close to.  And the reps really know their gear, and can advise you straight, on their particular models.  Even Kastle was at the last Christy/Loveland demo, because a Christy buyer was thinking of carrying some Kastles this year.  

 

By contrast, in my experience, rentals from a ski area shop around here are great, but with drawbacks: often iffy if any tune on a comparatively limited inventory of what quickly become relatively heavily used demo skis. For me it's often been hard to tell much about the skis given the uneven tune, or lack of tune.  Big destination ski shops may be better at this.

(Don't get me wrong, I still love and value a day of demoing skis at my local slope side shop.)

 

The one big problem with the industry demo days is there are so few of them, so early. (There may be ones I don't know of at the big destination areas, but the two we have Front Range, for me in particular, have been great, especially IF the snow is good.)  

 

By the way, you have to preregister for them - about a week or so in advance, fill out paper work at that time (call Christy's and Ski&Golf to find out how if you're out of state), and get to the ski area involved early, for check in and best selection on a first come, first served basis.  

post #5 of 14

I LOVE the LOVELAND demo day.  Although it can be crowded and the snow only marginal, I can usually get a feel for what I like or at least eliminate skis I don't like. I like that there is a large variety there and it gives me a chance to do back to back comparisons.    It really is a fun day and a nice kickoff to ski season.  

post #6 of 14

Pet gripe: too many demo skis mounted with large frame baron/dukes that won't adjust to my 25.5 shells. People with small feet sometimes buy skis longer than 170cm.:nono:

 

OK, another gripe: Conditions during Loveland's Nov. demo are very rarely favorable for the kind of skis I'm interested in demoing.

 

Have occasionally been lucky enough to hit some random demos mid-season when conditions have been off the hook though! (and had bindings to accommodate my tiny boots) Check Loveland's message board once the season gets going for demo dates.

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I LOVE the LOVELAND demo day.  Although it can be crowded and the snow only marginal, I can usually get a feel for what I like or at least eliminate skis I don't like. I like that there is a large variety there and it gives me a chance to do back to back comparisons.    It really is a fun day and a nice kickoff to ski season.  

 

Okay, so I'm desperate for anything about skiing.  Here's a cabbage leaf blog about Loveland Demo Days:

 

http://blog.coloradoski.com/2014/12/16/christy-sports-demo-day-loveland/

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Okay, so I'm desperate for anything about skiing.  Here's a cabbage leaf blog about Loveland Demo Days:

http://blog.coloradoski.com/2014/12/16/christy-sports-demo-day-loveland/

True!
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Okay, so I'm desperate for anything about skiing.  Here's a cabbage leaf blog about Loveland Demo Days:

 

http://blog.coloradoski.com/2014/12/16/christy-sports-demo-day-loveland/

That started out like so many retro-grouch rants, but really turned around about half-way through. Don't know why some people still insist that there's no benefit to all the advancement in ski technology in the past decade plus, but I guess if they're happy, whatevs. At this point (52yo, 45 years skiing), the advancements factor in HUDGE to my ongoing love of the sport!

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That started out like so many retro-grouch rants, but really turned around about half-way through. Don't know why some people still insist that there's no benefit to all the advancement in ski technology in the past decade plus, but I guess if they're happy, whatevs. At this point (52yo, 45 years skiing), the advancements factor in HUDGE to my ongoing love of the sport!

I find it even more concerning that he has a big position in the industry, and .. this?

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I find it even more concerning that he has a big position in the industry, and .. this?

It's actually not believable. 95th percentile of front range skiers but couldn't hack Silverton. Maybe he'd been assessing himself on the Molly Hogan? He just sells himself as an egotistical fool for the sake of spin.
post #12 of 14

I would totally give him the pro call-out if I ever saw him in person.:D 

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I find it even more concerning that he has a big position in the industry, and .. this?

It's actually not believable. 95th percentile of front range skiers but couldn't hack Silverton. Maybe he'd been assessing himself on the Molly Hogan? He just sells himself as an egotistical fool for the sake of spin.

 

Especially enjoyable in conjunction with the quote:

 

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I reached the level of technical ability where only better equipment can take you to the next level as a skier many years ago.

 

All that, and humble, too!

post #14 of 14

Loveland tends to have a lot of demo days, especially with some of the Colorado brands. Check their event calendar as fall arrives.

 

For women's skis, Outdoor Divas has demos on the first Thursday of the month. Most of the time they are at Loveland, but they usually have one at Eldora. Hopefully I will finally get a chance to do a couple of these next season.

 

I demoed skis at Winter Park through the ski shop. I was treated very well and it was late season. I think it was $35 (discount due to ski pass) and unlimited skis. The Mary Jane shop happened to have more of the skis I wanted to look at than the WP side, but I could drop in as much as I wanted at either shop to try what I wanted.

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