If you’re ready for an equipment upgrade, but the price of a new set up sends cold shivers down your spine, it’s well worth asking your local ski or snowboard shop about end of season demo and retail sales.
Demos are high performance ski and snowboard rentals that allow people to try out the latest and greatest equipment on the market. When the stores start shopping for new models for next season, they like to start selling off the current demos and this year’s retail inventory equipment to make room on the shelves.
Here are a few reasons why I love buying ex-demos:
- They have been treated like gold by the ski shop – the role of the demo ski is to get the skier to buy the plastic wrapped twin off the retail floor, therefore demo skis tend to be kept in tip top condition with regular tunes after use.
- You’ll normally get a decent binding (already mounted) included in the deal
- Most shops allow you to deduct a portion of your rental price off the retail price of the ski/board
- You’ll get a current, top of the line model for a fraction of the cost
Here in Winter Park, Epic Mountain Sports have the largest demo fleet in town, offering multiple models from 13 top brands.
They just returned from the SIA show (SnowSports Industries America) where they selected their new demo models for next year, and are ready to sell off some of their current inventory for a very pretty penny.
They stand by the Try-Before-You-Buy school of service and will apply up to two day’s rental against the retail price of a ski (normally around $58).
With a large selection of boards and skis on offer, we’d recommend stopping into the store to take a good look at their full inventory, but to just to get you started, here’s a little taster of some of the ex-demo skis for sale at Epic Mountain Sports.
Atomic Automatic 102 with an Atomic NR FFG Binding: SALE $576
Atomic Automatic 109 with an Atomic NR FFG Binding: SALE $658
Features rocker tip & tail with a full wood core. This is a playful ski with lots of energy it’s best for intermediate to expert skiers. The automatic is great in the bowl & on groomers, it busts through crud on packed powder days and is phenomenal in powder conditions. The 102 would make a great one quiver ski & the 109 is a perfect choice for a powder ski.
Line Supernatural 92 with a Marker Griffon binding: SALE $715
Low profile rocker tip & tail with wood core & metal wishbone. A great option for advanced intermediate to expert skiers. This all mountain ski handles groomers & bumps easily & really excels in softer snow.
Line Sickday 95 with a Marker Griffon binding: SALE $715
Line Sickday 110 with a Marker Griffon binding: SALE $797
Moderate rocker tip & tail with full wood core. The Sickday is a responsive award winning ski that keeps up with hard charging skiers. It’s accessible for intermediate skiers but still can’t be over skied by an expert. Go-to choices for all mountain & powder conditions!
Icelantic Oracle with a Marker Squire binding: SALE $606
Created by a Colorado based company the Oracle is designed for Rocky Mountain Riding! It’s 100 under foot with rocker tip & a traditional twin tip tail. Camber under foot provides good hold on hard snow & slides through bumps while the rocker tip allows the Oracle float in powder conditions. Perfect choice for an advanced skier and requires interactive skier style, not for lazy days.
Dynastar Cham 87 with a Marker Squire binding: SALE $641
Dynastar Cham 97 with a Marker Squire binding: SALE $641
The Cham has high rise rocker tip and traditional camber down to pin tail. The Cham series allows women of any ability to access the whole mountain and cannot be over skied by experts. Both models excel in all snow conditions and are comfortable on any terrain.
Nordica Wild Belle with Marker Squire binding: SALE $671
At 88 under foot with slight rocker in the tip & tail, the Wild Belle is great for strong beginners through expert skiers looking to conquer the whole mountain. It’s amazing on groomers & bumps and just wide enough to float in powder.
Rossignol Trickstick (no binding): SALE $234
This board is nearly full rocker with a small camber zone between the feet. The medium – soft flex allows for maximum playfulness, park jibbing, & all mountain riding.
Rossignol Templar Magtek (no binding): SALE $312
Features rocker tip and tail from feet outward. With a medium – stiff flex this board is best for intermediate to expert riders that demand more performance from a board. The Templar is a great choice for riders that prefer moguls and big mountain.
In addition to numerous demo skis & boards on sale, Epic Mountain Sports is also offering brand new (unmounted) skis for as low as $249, and girls ex-rental skis (with binding) from just $49.
For further information, contact Epic Mountain Sports at 970-726-2868 or stop into their store in central Downtown Winter Park, below ‘The Ditch’.