Originally Posted by therusty
It does not happen a lot. Some resorts do offer demo packages that include the services of a pro to help you adjust to the new ski and choose what works best for you (mine does). When we first introduced shaped skis, we did teach a lot of shaped ski specific lessons. But now that we're in like the 5-6th generation of shapes, the need for this is long gone. It's been my observation that skis have been getting significantly better on a 2-3 year cycle. A ski that's a generation or more newer than your old gear is so much easier to ski that you have to make some really bad decisions (e.g. getting race stock skis for an intermediate) to end up in a pair that you need help to learn how to drive.
What you are saying then is most people are like myself and am able to
nut out for themselves how to ski on their new skis. The example you gave of an intermediate buying race skis is what I actually did when
I was an intermediate because I was unaware at the time the intermediate skis I had brought were too unstable once I had grown
into them. I did demo the race ski and while I was not up to racing speed
on my first day in no way did I find my decision to buy them a bad one.
Only over the last 2-3 years I have gained an interest in all terrain mid fats AC4, Public Enemies. After a few days on them though the urge to
step on to the racing skis comes back and vise versa.
I am just wondering with the average ski buying punter never experiencing
racing or mid fat skis what feeling they would get if they were to try those catagouries of skis with perhaps some instruction. I always say to people that the best skis for icey conditions are race skis and for soft conditions mid fat/fat skis, as race skis have the best edge grip and vibration damping and fat skis float over crud/soft snow helping to avoid
knee twisting falls that can happen with narrow skis.