Hello Epic Ski,
I need some advise on how to approach a long term demo for skis. My girlfriend used to ski a fair amount but hasn't in a few years and still has a very old pair of straight skis. They're at least 15 years old and when she went to get them tuned the shop told her they couldn't touch them, something about the bindings being so old they don't meet certification standards. This puts her in the market for a new pair, but since her skis are so old, she has literally no experience on anything shaped. Since she's only anticipating getting 6-10 days in this year, she's thinking the best way to go is rent/demo skis throughout the year, find something she likes, and hunt for deals in the spring. We are based out of central CT and will be skiing primarily in southern/central Vermont- does anyone know of any shops that do season long demo deals so she can try out a few skis though out the year? Most of the places I've called will do a season long rental, but they're poor models and she'd have to be on the same pair all year.
Also, do any women have any recommendations on skis she should be looking for? She's 4'10" and about 100lbs-ish (part of the reason we're looking for a deal through a shop, good luck showing up to a demo day on a hill looking for options in the 148-155 range), looking for a 1 ski quiver for the Northeast, primarily skiing on piste at cruising speeds, not really a hard charger. She puts her skills as a strong intermediate to advanced- she skis blues easily and can handle black diamonds, just maybe a little rusty and will have to adjust to new skis that will presumably have some rocker to them. Probably looking for something that will be forgiving enough for the learning curve but still be strong enough. Some research has lead me to these models:
Rossignol Temptation 84
Salomon Q-83 Myriad
Anyone with experience on these? Any models to add to the list?
(And yes, boots will be addressed as well, but I know how to shop for those)
Thanks in advance for any help!