Renting ski equipment makes a lot of sense, especially when you consider the purchase costs of outfitting yourself in the latest and greatest gear. Between skis, boots, poles, and clothing, you can easily spend hundreds of dollars and more! And, with ski equipment technology constantly changing, what's hot today often is replaced with something even better by next season.
You'll find plenty of outlets for renting ski equipment in and around all the popular ski resorts. If you'd rather avoid long lines and be ready the minute you hit the ski area, check out your local sporting goods stores as many include areas for renting ski equipment.
Ski Rental Tips
When renting ski equipment, remember that proper fit is essential. Most ski equipment rental prices include skis, boots, and poles. Here's what you can expect from the ski equipment rental operator:
- You'll be asked your shoe size, height, weight, and the type of skiing you plan to do. Don't lie - your safety depends on the truth!
- You'll be given a pair of boots similar in size to your normal shoe size. It's advisable to put on the socks you intend to wear while skiing. Then you'll try on the boots. They should fit snugly, while still allowing a bit of wiggle room.
- If the boots feel right, the ski equipment operator will ask you to buckle the boots and then stand. The top of the boot should fit snugly but comfortably and you should be able to lean forward.
- They'll adjust the ski binding as necessary, and inspect the tension gauges, the heel plate, and the safety brakes to ensure that all are set properly and are in good working condition.
- They'll show you how to snap the boot back into the binding.
- To select the right length ski pole, they might ask you to hold your arms straight down and then bend at the elbows until your forearms are parallel to the floor. Measuring the distance between the floor and your bent forearm helps determine the optimum ski pole length, which typically ranges between 42 and 52 centimeters.
- As for the skis, the ski rental operator will select the pair appropriate for your height and the type of skiing you plan to do.