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Performance vs Demo Ski Rentals for Casual Advanced Skier

post #1 of 10
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I know this topic has been done to death many times, and sorry for posting, but I couldn't get a real conclusive answer while researching.

 

I have a family of three, me, my wife, and my son (14 years old). We are all advanced skiers, usually going on mostly blacks after getting acclimated to the terrain. Both me and my wife have skis, but since my son is still growing, we usually rent for him, this trip to Whistler Blackcomb being no exception. Now the ultimate question is, should we get performance skis or demo skis? We are casual black skiers, and aren't too "hardcore", but my son has skied for a long time and we want the skies he gets to be comfortable and work well. For 6 days, the demo are $50 more, which is no issue, but I'd rather not spend that on something that will make no difference. So what do you think? Should I go with the performace or the demo?

 

All help is appreciated! :) 

post #2 of 10

At many shops, demo skis are their performance skis.

 

Pick a shop that lets you change the ski choice at no extra charge.  If the lower cost ski isn't doing the job, upgrade to the higher cost ski.  Or if conditions change, change the type of ski.  Whistler can be a foot of fresh one day and scraped down to cold porcelain the next day.  Good time to exchange the skis.

post #3 of 10
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I haven't started looking at other ski shops, just the mountain one, but I will research that. Looking at their page, they allow you to change out the ski, but it doesn't say anything about upgrading. They have 3 categories, sport, performance and demo. I'll keep on looking, but if anybody has a recommendation for a great ski shop in Whistler?

post #4 of 10

I've had luck with affinity rentals.  They have a few locations throughout the resort so if you are at lunch at a different base you can swap skis (they may make some phone calls).  

 

Additionally, and most important to me;  you can book the exact ski you're interested in.  (on 2nd page of checkout).  

 

Remember also, that it is in CAD$ and assuming you're from the US your USD goes farther anyway.  

 

They don't really distinguish between performance and demo, they are all "high performance", but their fleet would be categorized as demo in many other shops (depends on what you pick out)

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Originally Posted by kusti8 View Post
 

I know this topic has been done to death many times, and sorry for posting, but I couldn't get a real conclusive answer while researching.

 

I have a family of three, me, my wife, and my son (14 years old). We are all advanced skiers, usually going on mostly blacks after getting acclimated to the terrain. Both me and my wife have skis, but since my son is still growing, we usually rent for him, this trip to Whistler Blackcomb being no exception. Now the ultimate question is, should we get performance skis or demo skis? We are casual black skiers, and aren't too "hardcore", but my son has skied for a long time and we want the skies he gets to be comfortable and work well. For 6 days, the demo are $50 more, which is no issue, but I'd rather not spend that on something that will make no difference. So what do you think? Should I go with the performace or the demo?

 

All help is appreciated! :) 


It sounds like you aren't really looking for potential skis to buy for your son, correct?  If there is some choice of models for performance, that could be sufficient.  My friends who rent for their teen son (only skis one week a season) don't bother to get the top level of rentals at Alta.  He's been skiing blacks there for several years.

 

Might be worth a phone call to ask questions about what the differences are.  I've found that the info on websites is usually too vague.

post #6 of 10

that's why i liked affinity, where you can pick the exact ski.  If you wanted the soul7 or a vwerks katana, or a mantra or a e100;  they'll stick your ticket with your name on it and it'll be reserved.  

But if you don't know what ski to get then you call ahead and talk to the guy, or the day you pickup your skis you just let them pick for you (hoping they aren't sold out).

 

The issue was Price which the OP said at the same with 1 side of his mouth that it was the issue but with the other side of his mouth that it was not an issue; it becomes irrelevant since there's no price difference at affinity.

post #7 of 10
Thread Starter 
I will definitely look at Affinity. I keep forgetting about the Canadian US dollar situation, so that helps.

With the "official" one, you don't get to choose the ski you get, AFAIK.

Thanks!
post #8 of 10

If you do rent from the shop that offers performance and demo, go with the demo. Your son will notice the difference. And he probably won't be a "casual" skier by the end of the week.

post #9 of 10

Our "performance" skis are demo-level, but we only have one choice at that price: the Fischer Ranger 90ti or last year's Ranger 88ti. That package goes for $45/day.  For $55/day, you get a choice of: Fischer Motive 95, Blizzard Brahma, Bonafide, Cochise; Fischer Ranger 108; Head Monster 88 or 98.  $75/day gets you a kastle BMX105/FX95/MX88, or a Stockli Stormrider 95. 

 

The Performance is for the customer who wants something nice to ski, but doesn't care what.  The Ranger 90ti is a crowd pleaser. The demo level is for people who have a specific ski in mind they want to try.  

 

Not sure how other shops do it! 

post #10 of 10

BTW, every shop ive been to can change the ticket before you check out. So if you still are on the fence and you end up using demos for 2 days and performance for 3 days they will get you bill correct at the end of your trip. (Just as if you break the skis and you didnt get waivers they can tack on more to your bill). So dont sweat it.

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