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post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 
Hi Everyone, I have a few questions and hopefully someone can answer from experience:

So Being 15/16, it's going to be about that time to buy a new pair of skis. Or is it?

Right now, I plan on Demo'ing various pairs of skis this upcoming winter, So by Spring/Summer of 2009, I have an idea on which ski I might want to buy. I have a twin brother, So when we demo I could switch the skis with him.

SO, Is Demo'ing before you buy worth it?
Are there usually some sort of deals, i.e., using the Demo fee towards that ski to buy?

Any other comments about demo'ing would rock!
Thanks,
post #2 of 12
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Originally Posted by SmugglingStowe View Post
Hi Everyone, I have a few questions and hopefully someone can answer from experience:

So Being 15/16, it's going to be about that time to buy a new pair of skis. Or is it?

Right now, I plan on Demo'ing various pairs of skis this upcoming winter, So by Spring/Summer of 2009, I have an idea on which ski I might want to buy. I have a twin brother, So when we demo I could switch the skis with him.

SO, Is Demo'ing before you buy worth it?
Are there usually some sort of deals, i.e., using the Demo fee towards that ski to buy?

Any other comments about demo'ing would rock!
Thanks,
What does age have to do with buying new skis?
Yes.
Yes, percentage or demo fee goes towards new skis.
post #3 of 12
Demo fee:

I credit the demo fee toward a ski purchase. One demo fee, toward a new pair of skis. No you can't buy my demo pair in December, no the demo fee isn't applicable to last years demo pair.

You don't get a free pair of skis after 10 demos, know what I mean?

That is pretty standard, but sometimes a shop just REALLY wants to make sale so they might do something different...
post #4 of 12
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Originally Posted by SkiNebraski View Post
What does age have to do with buying new skis?
Yes.
Yes, percentage or demo fee goes towards new skis.
For my situation, demo'ing new skis and buying skis has a lot to do with my age.

For one, the only income I bring in is from Summer Jobs, So I do not have a lot of money to spend on Skis.

This will be the first pair of Skis that I do not Rent, because I am tapering off in my growth.
I just stated my age because it supplies the reader with supplemental information that they may need. That's all!

Thanks Whiteroom and Nebraska,
Greg
post #5 of 12

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Originally Posted by SmugglingStowe View Post
Hi Everyone, I have a few questions and hopefully someone can answer from experience:

So Being 15/16, it's going to be about that time to buy a new pair of skis. Or is it?

Right now, I plan on Demo'ing various pairs of skis this upcoming winter, So by Spring/Summer of 2009, I have an idea on which ski I might want to buy. I have a twin brother, So when we demo I could switch the skis with him.

SO, Is Demo'ing before you buy worth it?
Are there usually some sort of deals, i.e., using the Demo fee towards that ski to buy?

Any other comments about demo'ing would rock!
Thanks,
SmugglingStowe, neat trick doubling up the demo with your twin brother, 50% off on demo's. Do you have the same size boot too. Bye all means demo. Demoing will save you money in the long run because the chances are you won't buy the wrong ski. I obviously don't know your financial condition etc. but once you find the ski ,that is when your "shopping" should start. $ applied to purchase may or may not be ok. Shop around; Wanted ad on Epic, internet, local shops, or ask around for knowledgeable bears that know where to get good deals. Check the ads/sponsors here on Epic. Get a lead here on Epic, PM that person, he/she may give you infor. you can use. There are some good deals out there. I was looking at the new Skiing Magazine Gear Issue that just came out and boy are the prices going UP.
post #6 of 12
Thread Starter 
Thanks Pete for the Useful Information. I definitely will talk to some Epic Members about certain skis. Thanks

BTW, I was just up in Cascade, Idaho for a family Reunion. Great place!!
post #7 of 12

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Originally Posted by SmugglingStowe View Post
Thanks Pete for the Useful Information. I definitely will talk to some Epic Members about certain skis. Thanks

BTW, I was just up in Cascade, Idaho for a family Reunion. Great place!!

I see you're pretty new to Epic, welcome a great resource for skiers Cascade is a neat little town, looked at a house right on the golf course next to the Lake, liked it a lot but decided St. Maries better, more snow up here. Glad you enjoyed yourself. PM's work on finding skis.
post #8 of 12
Demoing is certainly worthwhile, but some it can be more cost effective some places than others...being able to switch with your bro is certainly a plus as is finding a slopeside shop that has lots of models that you are interested in so that you can switch during the day. Not sure where you ski, but look for free or low cost demo events. Narrow down your search by effectively using this site...I demoed several skis last year but ended up buying the Atuas (based on reviews here) without demoing and liking them best. Good luck.
post #9 of 12
Some rental shops let you rent skis/poles/boots or a combination for the season at a reasonable rate ($150 here in Summit). Might be worth investigating.
post #10 of 12
Aug 19, 2008

SmugglingStowe:

Welcome to EPIC Ski.

Often (usually every season), ski reps from more than one ski manufacturer (for example, Elan, Dynastar, Atomic etc), will get together and arrange to have a "demo" day at the various ski areas. You may want to take advantage of these "demo" days to test skis as well. The up side is that you will not have to "pay" for demo-ing skis and you can demo more than one pair of skis which you are interested i.e. one pair after the other. The down side is that the ski and/or the size you would like to demo may be "out on the mountain". However, if you have several brands represented, chances are you will be able to demo several pairs of special interest to yourself. And yes, demo-ing is not only good (getting the right ski) it is fun as well.

CP
post #11 of 12
I agree on all the demo love, but there are many times demo days don't work out too (weather, cancellations etc).

And in that case, the season's starting and you're buying into the most expensive time to purchase.

But generally I try to do it if I can.
post #12 of 12
Thread Starter 
Thanks for all the information. I will have to see if there's a demo day at one of the Pocono Mountains(Unfortunately they are the closest).

Luckily I already have Poles and Boots, and all other gear, so having all these "controls", I guess you could call them, would make picking the right ski a lot easier.
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