Originally Posted by viking kaj
...Copper has a good demo program. Do a little research on this site and then see what they have that looks like fun. If you are really going to get snow I'll bet they can fit you the night before.
Maybe I missed something. I just got back from 4 days skiing at Copper on Sunday. It was a great trip and the skiing was fantastic even though they had little new snow while I was there.
The only thing about the trip that was a disappointment was the amazing lack of any ski shop with a decent selection of good demo skis. I went to ~4 ski shops at the base of the mountain, and could swear that they were all the same store. I found nothing but K2, Rossi, Volkl, and Salomon - everywhere, with an appalling lack of anything above an intermediate level demo ski.
Everybody has a Crossfire, a Recon, and a Salomon Hot and that's about it. If you like those K2's (and I do) you're in good shape. But forget about variety if you're actually looking to test various different skis. Many of the rental shop rats at Copper were clueless as well.
I went to every ski shop in Frisco and found the exact same terrible selection of any decent demo skis. Then I went to Garts, and M.S.O. in Dillon - amazingly lame selection there too. I got incredible dumbfounded looks at Garts mentioning the words "Metron," "Elan," "Fischer," "AC4" or "Dynastar 8000"
I finally found a little hole in the wall shop in Silverthorne that actually had one pair of Atomic Metron B5's on loan for a few days from a rep. ~ Nine ski shops before I found something worthy of renting besides the Recons! Unbelievable. I'm used to Vermont where high end demo skis are very easy to find.
Anyhow, sorry for the rant. Otherwise, Copper is great. You'll probably be happy with your cross skis (as we were) for almost everything unless you get a storm. If you need something wider, the Recons will do you very well if you can find your size. ~$35 at the mtn, and ~$28/day in Frisco.
I actually skied my 90mm. AK Enemies one day and had a blast on them all over, except in big bumps. If you're going to spend a lot of time in the bowls or scouting the trees for stashes, you might be happier with a 74-84mm wide ski. Just don't expect much help if it turns out that you don't like the K2 Recon.