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Advice for long term demo [CT, petite woman]

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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:
 

Volkl Yumi
Rossignol Temptation 84 
Blizzard Cheyenne
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!

post #2 of 5
Since she's only doing a few days, yes, do demos. If you always go to the same shop, usually they'll apply a handful of demo rentals to a ski purchase (here it's three). Most on mountain ships will let you swap throughout the day, but frankly I would recommend against this to her at this point, she's going to be having enough issues. Really, have her get back her legs with cheaper rentals first, then go the "demo" level later, otherwise it's probably money down the drain. She might spend the whole six days remembering how to ski. The boots are ten times as important.

And tell her to join SkiDiva or here on her own.
post #3 of 5

Hey, 1C — welcome to Epic!

 

Can't help you with the skis themselves, but you might try First Trax in West Dover, VT (near Mount Snow): http://www.firsttraxsportsshop.com/index.html

 

I believe they do seasonal ski rentals, and they seem to have a good selection.  

 

(They aren't boot fitters, though.  Let me know if you'd like local recs for those.)  

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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:
 

Volkl Yumi
Rossignol Temptation 84 
Blizzard Cheyenne
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!


Welcome to EpicSki!  Second the suggestion for her to join TheSkiDiva.com for advice about what ski to buy if that's the way she wants to go.

 

The first time I got on "shaped" skis was a while ago, back in 2000.  For me, as an intermediate on straight skis who never had a enough time on skis to learn to do nice parallel turns with a narrow stance, there was essentially no adjustment when I tried skis from a free demo tent at Heavenly during a family ski vacation.  As a working adult, I only skied 4-5 days every 2-3 years on trips out west.

 

I'm a petite older woman (5'0", 120 lbs), and have become an advanced skier in the last 5-6 years.  I find that I like any Rossi ski, some Blizzard models, and do not like Volkl or Atomic.  She might like the Rossi Temptation 80 better.  For what it's worth, I didn't like the Blizzard Cheyenne although my daily driver is the Blizzard Black Pearl.  However, I do not recommend the BP for the northeast.

 

What about her boots?  How old are they?

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Thanks for the suggestions so far, really helpful. @marznc, her current boots are a pair of Koflach Juniors, probably as old as the skis that she can't properly close on her leg, so to start with those will be rented as well. I know a few good boot fitters hear in CT, I'll check to see if they do discounts or credit toward purchase of skis after a few demos like @sibhusky mentioned. If they do, my thought is to do the boots and skis all in one place, might be able to work out some kind of discount. Last spring I bought a new set of skis and boots from Suburban Ski and Bike and they gave me a great deal on bindings/mounting. 

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