Without question the best part of a ski and snowboard demo is getting to test out the freshest gear from major manufacturers. Just show a credit card, thrash on some equipment and don't worry about putting a core shot or two in it. It's the best opportunity for a zero-obligation test drive to see what you like and don't like about the new product line. If only there were people who valued your opinion, too.

Well, that's excatly the way it goes at [R304R, Okemo Mountain Resort] during the SKI Magazine Super Demo and People's Ski Test, Dec. 10-11. Skiers can register with SKI Magazine as a contributing tester and submit their reviews to the magazine's editorial staff. Sure it's a tough job, but think of your fellow skiers hunting for a new pair of sticks. This is your chance to help 'em out.

This year the event is taking place at Okemo's Main Base. Here's the schedule for the weekend.

Friday, Dec 9
- 5-9 p.m.: Pre-registration Happy Hour at Outback Pizza, prizes, beer and wing specials

Saturday, Dec. 10
- 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m.: Super Demo and People's Ski Test
- 3-5 p.m.: Apres Ski at the Sitting Bull Tavern, Warren Miller movie screening

Sunday, Dec. 11
- 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m.: Super Demo and People's Ski Test

Testers may register at any time throughout the weekend. There is no charge. A valid lift ticket and credit card are required to demo equipment. Don't worry snowboarders, Okemo's got you covered too. Several board brands will also be on hand with tons of decks to put through the paces.

Get a last minute deal and save 25 percent off your lodging when you book a two night stay for the SKI Magazine Super Demo. Call 800-78-Okemo and ask for the SKI Mag special.

SKI Magazine Super Demo and People's Ski Test 2010. Video Courtesy of Okemo Mountain Resort.