Whistler Mountain Ski And Snowboard Demos

Blackcomb and Whistler Mountain ski and snowboard demos are a great way to try out the latest and greatest equipment, on two of the greatest mountains in the world... for free!

Personally I am not the type of person who needs the "latest technology" or the "best" equipment on the market, but this past winter I blew out one of the bindings on my skis (actually it broke when I was pulling out of our van but that doesn't sound as exciting) and I figured it was time to upgrade my gear.

The problem I have always had with buying skis is that without trying them out first, you just never know if what looks good in the ski shop is going to cut it on the mountain. Especially today when there are just so many options to consider. That's where Blackcomb and Whistler Mountain ski demos come in.

In "the old days" all you had to do was choose the length of the ski and the brand. (In the late 60's, when I was just 3 or 4, my first pair of ski boots were leather lace-ups, my poles had leather baskets and my skis were wooden with cable bindings and safety straps. Talk about unsafe! Anyone who has skied "pre-ski brakes" knows what I mean. When you fell and your ski came off, it helicoptered around your head as you tumbled down the mountain!)

Leather ski boots    Bamboo ski poles with leather baskets


Wooden skis with rat trap bindings

Photos Credit: vintageskiworld.com

Anyway, the choices of skis today is a little more varied. Things like length, radius, width, flexibility, type of skiing you do and your skill level all need to be considered. There are skis for cruising, deep powder, racing, all-mountain, touring, and the list goes on. Trying to figure out what ski you should buy while standing in the ski shop is next to impossible!

Renting different skis or a different snowboard for a few days is an option, albeit an expensive one after a week of skiing. And at best you get to try 2 or 3 pairs of skis.
Can-ski demo tents sign Blackcomb Mountain
Blackcomb and Whistler Mountain ski and snowboard demos are a great way to try out just about any ski or snowboard that you want. And it's FREE!
Showcase snowboards demo tents sign Blackcomb Mountain
This is exactly what I did before I bought my new Salomon Fury 177's last season.

You can do a little ski tour on one pair and then hop back into to the demo center to try out another pair. It's a great way to compare lengths of skis, different brands, different side-cuts and different widths.

The Blackcomb and Whistler Mountain ski and snowboard demo tents carry just about every different make and model you can think of. And the staff are very knowledgeable. The can recommend different equipment depending on your abilities and skiing habits.

Outside the Whistler ski demo tent Blackcomb Mountain       Glacier Creek Lodge, Blackcomb Mountain
The Demo Centre Located Outside The Glacier Creek Lodge, Blackcomb Mountain
Once you have chosen your skis or snowboard, the staff adjusts the bindings,

Whistler Mountain ski demo - adjusting the bindings   Whistler snowboard demo - adjusting the bindings

Checks the fit,

Whistler ski demo - checking the fit

And your on your way.

Here are the Salomon Fury 177's I demoed. (I bought a pair that night!)

 Demoing Salomon Furys - Blackcomb Mountain ski demos

A couple of notes...

The Blackcomb and Whistler Mountain ski and snowboard demo tents allow you to keep your demos for one and a half hours and you can switch equipment as often as you like. You also get a coupon for 5% off any ski or snowboard purchase at certain stores in Whistler Village.

On Blackcomb Mountain the demo center is located next to the Glacier Lodge at the bottom of the Jersey Cream and Glacier chair lifts.

The Whistler Mountain ski and snowboard demo tent is located outside the Roundhouse Day Lodge at the top of the Whistler gondola.

And hey, even if your not in the market for new equipment, the Blackcomb and Whistler Mountain ski demos are a great way to take advantage of the current days conditions.
Fresh powder? Try some "fatties".

A cruising day with lots of "corduroy". Try out some extra shaped skis and work on your carving.

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