You can rent demo skis at the Blackcomb day lodge, right at the base of
Blackcomb, or any of a number of other places. If you have a car, you'll
save money by renting them outside the village--try Wild Willie's Ski
Club, about a mile north of the village in the Nesters shopping center.
The best part about getting them at the day lodge is that you can swap out
skis during the day and try different lengths and different skis. On one
big powder day in December, I rented fat boys (available at the shop in
the ba***t on the Chateau which is the also run by the mountain) and had
a great day in the trees. As the powder got skiied out, I switched them
in for K2 Fours.
Discount tickets for weekdays are available at Sav-On stores, I believe.
If you'll be there for a few days, look into a Blackcomb Express Card
which may save you money (although if you plan to ski both mountains
equally, it may not be a good idea). Worst deal is a dual mountain
ticket--they charge more and there's almost never any advantage unless you
want to ski both mountains the same day.
> Hi- new to rec.skiing.alpine.
> Just a few questions for those who regularly demo skis. I'll be
> skiing at Whistler March 10-12, this will be my first trip to Canada.
> After reading the posts on air travel with skis, I'm considering just
> bringing my boots and demoing skis. As I've not demoed skis before,
> where would you recommend getting demo skis, and what is general
> procedure? I'm an intermediate skier, have skied some blue-blacks at
> Breckenridge. Also, are there any places near downtown Vancouver or
> Whistler to get discount passes?
> I'll be staying at Whistler Hostel and Shoestring if anyone else is
> planning to be at Whistler that week.