How do you demo skis?
It’s easy! Just stop in the Tech Center, located right at the bottom of the Green lift, and sign up for the day. Try as many as you like – all day long – all tuned, waxed and fitted to your boots by our trained Crew. Nearly 100 pair of high performance skis are just one step from the “Midwest’s Best Snow”, right out the front door of the Nub’s Nob Technology Center. Our expert staff will help narrow your choices and pick the appropriate skis to test for your size and ability. Then it’s up to you!
How much does it cost?
Full Day: $50 – 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Four Hours: $35
Weekday Demo and Tune Special
Leave your skis with us while you demo and get a World Cup Tune (reg. $50.00) for just $30.00 with a full day demo.
2017-2018 Demo Fleet:
Blizzard Demo Skis
Blizzard spent a lot of time an energy redeveloping their skis during the off-season and the Bonafide is no exception. This year’s Bonafide retained the same construction, but now has a slightly smaller turn radius and a more pronounced tip with slightly less rocker. The new Bonafide has the same power and stability skiers have come to rely on, but rolls over into a carving turn much easier than previous models. It also seems to hold an edge better due to the reduced rocker profile, resulting in smooth, predictable turns. 173
The Brahma is the sibling ski to the Bonafide. Its sidecut is a little more shapely, and its front rocker is a little shorter. The Brahma’s carving credentials on hard snow have been improved thanks to a tighter turn radius and an earlier contact point. Don’t worry, though, the ski’s off-trail capabilities haven’t suffered at all–the Brahma remains an off-trail ski at heart, built to suit irregular terrain. 180
Are you a woman who loves skiing groomers, but can’t pass up the perfect powder day? The Black Pearl knows how to keep your turns tight and smooth on the corduroy while still helping you cruise through powder and maintain stability over bumps. The new Black Pearl series has elevated the always-popular skis to another level. This ski is a jack of all trades; when you ask it to do something, it does it. If you liked the old Black Pearls, you’ll love this year’s version. 159, 166
The Blizzard Quattro 7.4 Ti provides one of the smoothest rides of the entire Blizzard line. The metal in the ski makes it damp and quiet while still retaining plenty of power. The 7.4 Ti uses a 4mm rocker profile which makes turn initiation a bit easier, while also providing a little more stability. If smooth skiing on firm snow is your preferred style, check out the Quattro Ti 7.4. 160, 167, 174
Dynastar Demo Skis
Rooted in race technology and developed for hard-snow conditions, the all new Dynastar Speed Zone 12 Ti delivers an entirely new level of ultra-smooth on-trail power, precision, and comfort with a versatile turn shape for technical expert skiers. Featuring our all-new, industry-first “active suspension” technology, Powerdrive works like the chasis of a race car, absorbing changing terrain and eliminating instability, effectively planting the ski to the snow to unleash quiet acceleration, smooth, dynamic power, and groundbreaking edge grip and control. 158, 174
The new Dynastar Legend series combines technology from the retired Cham line with it’s Speedzone race series to create a ski that holds its turns on groomers or the perfect powder day. The Legend X 80 easily initiates turns and keeps its edge throughout them, making any level skier feel at home in whatever condition the mountain throws at them. 152, 166
The Dynastar Legend X 84 is the perfect ski for anyone looking for a smooth ride filled with easy turns. Powerdrive Construction provides full length shock absorption and dampens vibrations while still maintaining a high amount of energy transmission. Any skier looking to smoothly tear up the front side of the mountain with a small to medium turn radius should check out the X 84s. 156, 163, 170, 177, 184
The Dynastar Legend X 88 is designed for the skier who sticks mainly to groomers, but ventures into bumps, trees, and crud every once in a while. The Legend X 88 provides an ultra-smooth ride and the Powerdrive Free Construction uses shock-absorbing technology to keep you stable no matter your speed or the firmness of the snow. Like the rest of Dynastar’s new Legend line, the X 88 has improved maneuverability, giving you a great all-mountain ride. 173, 180
The Dynastar Legend X 96 sits in between and all-mountain and free ride ski. It’s the second widest of Dynastar’s new Legend series and includes the Powerdrive technology present in the rest of the Legend line, making the ski incredibly shock absorbing and versatile. This ski is recommended for off-trail use, but it can handle the rest of the slope with ease, including groomers. 178
Do you feel the need, the need for speed? The Dynastar Speed WC Master is a fighter jet of a race ski–it’s designed to execute long turns at high velocities. The grip and stability will have you executing runs at speeds previously only dreamed of. This ski is perfect for the racer placing performance ability above all else, but who doesn’t necessarily want and FIS ski. 180
A women-specific blend of racing technology and an ultra-lightweight core, the all-new Dynastar Intense 12 supplies an entirely new level of ultra-smooth on-trail power, precision, and comfort with a versatile turn shape thanks to Dynastar’s Powerdrive technology. Voted Best Women’s Frontside Ski in 2016 by the editor’s of On The Snow, this ski is made for advanced rippers in all frontside terrain. 159, 166
Head Demo Skis
The Kore 93 is the narrowest in a new line of Freeski from Head. This lightweight, powerful ski does just about everything well in all kinds of snow, and is perfect for the one-quiver-ski kind of person. The Kore 93 has a narrower turn radius, but can open up no problem when given the chance. This ski is great for the eastern skier, or the western skier who won’t be skiing powder every day.
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The Head Supershape i.Titan is the widest ski in the Supershape collection of narrow waisted carving ski. What the Supershape i. Titan sacrifices in edge-to-edge quickness due to its waist width, it gains in soft-snow flotation. Head’s Supershape series underwent a major redesign for the 2017-2018 season, and the Supershape i. Titan now features graphene laminate, which has become a signature technology for Head. This ski is built for groomed snow performance, and if the Snow Gods release a couple inches of fresh powder during your ride, this ski can handle it. 170, 177
The Head Supershape i.Magnum is the shapeliest of the Supershape line, resulting in a ski that produces a turn radius tighter than that of World Cup slalom skis. The Supershape i. Magnum behaves more like a cambered ski than a rockered one, and thrives while carving. To accentuate its short term expertise, consider getting a shorter length that you’d normally use for a Technical Ski. 170, 177
If you’re in the market for a high performance carving ski bursting with today’s top technology, look no further than the Head SuperShape i.Rally. Head advertises that this ski can go from side stashes to groomers with ease, but it definitely feels at home on firmer snow. The Rally’s turn shape tends to be closer to that of a slalom turn rather than a GS turn, and it definitely responds best when it’s pushed by an aggressive skier. 163, 177
Sometimes a name really does say it all. The HEAD Total Joy will put a smile on the face of any woman looking to ski a variety of terrains. A pitched sidewall ensures you’ll be able to bite into hard and icy snow, executing confident turns all the way down the hill. If you wake up to two feet of fresh powder, you might want to consider using a ski with a wider waist, but the Total Joy will be perfect for every other day of the season. 153, 163
The HEAD Absolut Joy is all about balance and control. Like most of HEAD’s skis, it contains Graphene, making it incredibly strong and lightweight. The Absolut Joy has a small turn radius and is slightly rockered, making it easy, maneuverable, and fun. The ski has a relaxed and “easy, breezy” feel to it, perfect for skiers looking to enjoy the day in a laid back way. 148, 158
The HEAD World Cup Rebel iSpeed race skis are all about speed, speed, speed. You might need to strap yourself in to handle the explosive acceleration and precision handling of this ski. The lightness of the ski is thanks in large part to Graphene, and contributes to a snappy, stable, and speedy ride. If Maverick and Goose were skiers, they’d race on these. 175, 185
Fischer Demo Skis–Coming Soon!
Nordica Demo Skis
The incredible popular Nordica Santa Ana 93 is back again and better than ever. This all-mountain ski is perfect for the woman who wants power, control, and versatility on groomers, through crud, across powder, and everything in between. This year’s Santa Ana 93 has been upgraded with Energy 2 Titanium Balsa Construction, and the Blunt Nose Profile will float you across powder and absorb vibrations when you’re really flying down the mountain and it delivers some seriously powerful turns. 153, 161
If you plan on spending most of your time on groomers, but also drift off of them when the conditions are right, you need the Nordica Astral 84. Like the Santa Ana 93, the Astral 84 has a Blunt Nose Shape that initiates turns with ease and absorbs any vibrations you made encounter during your ride. Balsa wood in the construction contributes to this ski’s strength despite it’s lightness. If you want a lightweight and stable ski, check out the Astral 84. 158
The Nordica Sentra S6 Evo is the perfect ski for anyone that considers their “happy place” to be on piste. You’ll turn daydreams about shredding groomers and carving epic arcs into reality with the Sentra S6 Evo. It’s light, fast, and versatile, and it will help you be your best self on piste all season long. 150, 162
The Nordica Enforcer is back for the third year after solidifying itself as one of the best all-mountain skis in the world. Blast through crud, wind, and ice with ease thanks to the Enforcer’s traditional hard-charging metal and wood laminate construction. The low, progressive rocker profile helps carve up groomers, while the “hammerhead” style taper will help you tear through powder. 177, 185
The Nordica Enforcer 93 wowed the ski world last season with it’s no-holds barred approach to skiing anything in its path. The Enforcer 93 combines a hammerhead nose profile eager to sniff out powder and a rocker profile designed to lay serious turns across the mountain. This skis ignore all speed limits, so sit back and enjoy the ride. 169, 177, 185
The Nordica Navigator 85 is for the skier who wants a well rounded ride on the groomers and only occasionally ventures off trail. Strategic points have been cut out of the ski to reduce overall weight while maintaining strength and performance. The Blunt Nose Performance increases flotation and ease of turn initiation. This highly versatile ski suits skiers of all ages and abilities looking for a smooth, reliable ride. 165, 179
Rossignol Demo Skis
The Pursuit 700 is an easy to ride carving ski from Rossignol. A Prop tip pulls heavier material away from the tip of ski, resulting in a ski that effortlessly rolls into turns, and the Oversized Sidecut ensures you’ll be keeping the grippiest of edges even on the iciest of terrains at high speeds. If you’re looking for a carving ski that isn’t ultra demanding or fatiguing and will give you just about anything you ask for, check out the Pursuit 700. 163, 177
The Rossignol Temptation 80 wants to be with you every step of the way as you make the transition from greens to blues and blacks. Rossi’s Auto Turn Rocker shape makes carving easy at high speeds while the Extended Sidecut grips into groomers to keep you stable and cruising. This ski has you covered for all things groomers, as well as some variable conditions you may encounter over the course of a season. 152, 168
The Rossignol Famous 10 has one need in life: to carve, carve, carve. The forebody of the ski has drop 50mm of width from its widest point to waist and the tail is proportionally narrow, allowing the ski to roll off the edge smoothly and exit with energy. Don’t try to take the Famous 10 off trail, but if you’re looking to go pretty fast, it’s the ski for you. 163
The Rossignol Experience 88 HD is best for skiers sticking to groomed terrain, but won’t stop performing if you venture into some softer stuff. It is responsive in and out of turns and holds and edge well, and thanks to the Carbon Ally Matrix construction, its overall weight is reduced, which also reduces the fatigue you’d normally experience on a metal ski over the course of a day on the slopes. If you live and breath groomers and want a reliable, responsive ski, check out the Rossi Experience 88 HD. 164, 180
The Sky 7 HD from Rossignol is the perfect ski if you’re in search of excellent soft snow skiing ability and want to be able to carve up the frontside, too. Rossignol’s Carbon Alloy Matrix gives the Sky 7 a solid grip on firm snow and vibration absorption without adding extra weight to the ski. The new Air Tip 2.0 Construction pulls heavier material away from the tip and tail of the ski to lower the swingweight and improve the maneuverability. The Sky 7 HD rides great in the deep snow while feeling edgy and nimble on days where the snowpack is keeping you on the groomers. 180
Powerful, precise, and perfectly balanced, the Rossignol Hero Elite is a recreational slalom ski for technical and race league skiers alike–but don’t let that fool you, this ski puts it up to an 11. Race-room developed Prop Tech provides adaptive torsional flex for improved edge contact and increased control, while Power Turn Rocker speeds turn initiation for faster, more aggressive lines. World Cup titanal sandwich construction delivers rock-solid stability. 100% Racing. 176, 185
Volkl Demo Skis
So if you used to spend a lot of time on GS courses and now look to rule the local beer league, or you just simply enjoy skiing fast making big turns, the new Volkl Code Speedwall UVO may be your ski of choice this season. Prepare to make precise, strong, wide turns at high speeds while maintaining incredible stability on these skis. Volkl’s UVO technology provides proven reduction of ski vibrations to further create a smooth and quiet ride with the unique dampening ability, and with a bit of Tip and Tail Rocker you will be able to initiate and exit your turns very easily. 166, 173
The Volkl Kenja is a long-time favorite among women skiers looking for a challenging, versatile, all- mountain ski. With tip and tail rocker and two sheets of metal the Kenja has both a fun, maneuverable side and a more serious, high speed charging side. The ski’s 90 mm waist width offers agility and quickness on the frontside, but also allows for easily flotation on groomers if Mother Nature decides to dump some powder in the middle of the night. 156, 163
Völkl has made what is perhaps one of the best “step-up” skis made for women even better. The new Yumi is a higher top end and a shape more adapted to off-trail exploration. The raised performance ceiling is attributable to the “Titanal Band,” a central platform of metal that gives the new Yumi improved edge grip in the cambered zone underfoot. It also the has a double-rockered baseline and a tapered tip to travel off trail without trouble. If you’re looking to step up your game and invest in your first pair of brand new skis, check out the Yumi. 154
The Flair 81 is the widest ski in Volkl’s Flair collection and is the only one to use Volkl’s innovative 3D.Ridge and 3D.Glass construction techniques. Volkl also uses carbon to increase responsiveness and energy in and out of turns. The Flair 81 is easily the most versatile of the Flair Collection thanks to this construction and its rocker/camber/rocker profile. It allows you to venture into deeper snow, variable snow, and even some completely ungroomed, off-piste terrain without feeling completely held back or without the ski feeling over-powering. 156, 163
Like skiing groomers fast? Then the Volkl RTM 84 UVO may be your weapon of choice. The 84 mm waist coupled with a robust construction is ready to push the needle, as you jet down your favorite crusier. The RTM 84 UVO skis like a Volkl does but on a waist width that can tackle the majority of snow types you’d find when skiing groomers, from loose granular to hard pack and all the corn snow in between. It will be fine in bumps and trees, will have no problem ripping a bowl, but it’s home is on the groomed terrain even as it gets chopped up towards the end of the day. 172, 177
The Volkl Kanjo has been designed to be lively, full of energy, yet stable enough for relatively high speed cruising. With an 84 mm waist width, it’s kind of like the Kendo on a diet. The Kanjo holds its edge through aggressive turns, and feels snappier and more energetic than the Kendo. The energy you exit a turn with is immediately used to initiate the next. In softer, more variable conditions the Kanjo has a nice maneuverable feel thanks to the tip and tail rocker and light swing weight. They’re not really wide enough to act as a powder ski, but in just about any off-piste terrain where there isn’t really deep snow their quickness makes them a blast to ski. 168, 175
If the ski world had Oscars, the Volkl Kendo would sweep the field. Like any great actor, the Kendo has assumed many roles during its career, from fully cambered Frontside carver to loosely rockered off-trail specialist. Older and wiser now, the Kendo has settled into a rocker-camber-rocker profile with a 90-mm waist, moving into the middle of the All-Mountain Front skis genre and owning it. The ski adapts to the level of anyone skiing it, and refuses to quit or give up and edge even for the most powerful skier. Volkl has been providing a high level of security for generations, and this year’s Kendo is no different. 170, 177
The RTM 86 is the widest ski in Volkl’s “Ride The Mountain” collection and is best thought of as a wider carving ski. The RTM 86 is a powerful ride that shouldn’t be taken lightly and is incredibly damp, but is still very versatile given its strength and power. If you love carving turns but want a little more versatility out of your ski, check our the Volkl RTM 86. 172
The Volkl Racetiger is a tried and true race ski that has proven itself race after race around the world. With a well-balanced flex featuring full sensor woodcore construction with titanium inserts, the Racetiger has the ability to transfer energy to the edge with ease. Grip remains uncompromised, even in the tightest of turns. The waist and length of this Volkl FIS SL ski allow turns to be carved instantly while maximizing flexibility for ultra-fast edge switching. 175, 185