Pre-ski season is also a great time to test out new equipment, see what's out there and improve your technique. Yes, newer equipment really does improve your skiing- especially if you haven't bought a new board or sticks in the past 10 years. The technology has vastly advanced to enable you to better adapt to your conditions, stand balanced at various speeds, and turn just by thinking about it. Go ahead, though. Ski for yourself!

[R220R, Loveland] is offering a slew of opportunities to bang up someone else's skis on that early season base:

Saturday, Nov. 15 - Christy Sports Demo Day:

Christy Sports visits Loveland with the latest gear for you to demo before you buy. Pre-register at any Christy's location. $40 gets you unlimited demos, a full day lift ticket, and a $10 meal voucher.  Preregister for only $25 for a full day of demos and $10 meal voucher if you already have a ticket or season pass. Walk-ups will be accepted the day of for $30 (lunch not included). Demo hours are 9 a.m.until 3 p.m., last equipment out at 2:30 p.m.  Contact any Front Range Christy Sports location for further details. 

Friday, Nov.  28 - Moment Skis Demo:

Moment Skis out of Reno, Nev., visits Loveland with this year's line up of quality skis for you to demo for free. A valid driver's license and credit card are required for deposit.