No matter how you look at it, skiing is an expensive sport. There are several reasons for that, but the main one is that you need to get a good amount of equipment. If you’re an experienced skier, you probably have already purchased your own gear. If you’re new to the sport or someone who doesn’t hit the slopes that often, you likely rent.
If you’re looking into your budget for your next ski trip, or simply just want a general idea of how much it costs to rent skis, boots, and poles, continue reading. This guide will take a look at the different prices and break down where you can get a good deal.
Renting a full skiing equipment package costs anywhere from around $25 on the low end to near $100 at a popular ski resort. The average price if you rent from a ski shop will be in the $40 to $60 range. Those costs assume that you want to rent a full package that includes skis, boots, and poles. If you only need to rent skis, the price will drop around $10 to $20.
The cost of renting ski equipment varies depending on the gear quality, as well as where you want to rent from. Beginner equipment is the cheapest available, while high-end equipment has the highest price tag. You will also find cheaper costs at a ski shop in a mountain town near a ski resort and pay considerably more for rentals if you rent directly from the resort.
What Equipment Should You Rent?
If you don’t have any of your own equipment, you need to rent a full package that includes skis, boots, and poles. When you visit a ski shop, whether in a town or at the resort, the ski techs will walk you through each step of the process and choose equipment for you based on your ability level, experience, and skiing style. Unless you’re an experienced skier, you should trust the ski techs’ guidance.
There are different tiers of rental equipment available. A basic package will cater to beginner skiers and be the most affordable. There will also be intermediate packages and ‘pro’ level packages that go up in price accordingly. You don’t have to be a professional skier to rent the nicest equipment, but know that you will pay more for better gear.
You don’t always need to rent a full ski package either. There are ways to rent individual items if you need. That’s a good option for anyone looking to ‘test drive’ a certain pair of skis before buying them. Those who experience issues with their gear while out on the mountain may need to use that service as well. Renting individual items instead of the entire package will save you some money.
Renting vs Buying
There are two ways to get all of your skiing equipment. You can rent it, or you can buy it outright. Renting equipment is common for new skiers or those who don’t get to ski that often. If you live somewhere far away from the snow, you probably won’t want skis lying around the house and will instead rent every time you go on a trip. In contrast, if you live in the mountains or a ski town, you’ll want to purchase your equipment.
There are advantages and disadvantages to both renting and buying. Renting is pretty easy and convenient. You can rent everything you need at a ski shop or at the rental shop at the base of a resort. However, if you rent for a long time, like for a week-long ski trip or more, the costs will add up quickly. When you rent, you can also easily exchange equipment if something doesn’t fit or you don’t like how it works.
Also note that when you buy your own gear you’ll pay a larger upfront cost. That can mean $1000 or more for high-end equipment. However, if you consider how often you’re going to ski, that initial cost will be cheaper than renting equipment for an entire season. If you damage or don’t like your purchased equipment, you probably won’t be able to return it.
Long Term Rentals
Another option for getting ski equipment is through long term rentals. That process refers to renting ski gear for the entire season. That can save you money if you’re going to ski often during the season because long term rentals are cheaper than renting at the full price every day. In addition, it’s also cheaper than buying your own equipment.
Long term rentals are a good option for anyone living in a ski town for a single season who doesn’t want to purchase their own equipment. They are also good options for children who are part of a ski program or school that has them out on the mountain quite a bit.
Season-long ski rentals can range in cost. However, they usually average between $250 to $350 for adults and $150 to $200 for kids. You can check out some long term rental options from bigger shops like REI or inquire with your local ski shop to see what packages they offer.
It only makes sense to purchase season-long rentals for a single season. If you plan on skiing heavily for several seasons, I would suggest purchasing your own equipment.
How to Save Money on Renting Ski Equipment
The biggest trick to saving money when renting ski equipment is to rent from a ski shop that’s away from the main resort area. If you rent directly from the resort, you will pay the most expensive rental costs. The same goes for lift tickets. You can also save some money by making advanced reservations ahead of your trip. Those tips can easily save you $10 to $20 for each day of your rental.
For many people, renting ski equipment is a necessary cost of the sport. While the costs can add up quickly, it’s well worth it if you want to have fun on the snow or improve your skiing abilities. Renting is also a good way to try out different types of skis to help you decide which one to purchase. You can easily check the prices for various ski resorts and ski shops from their websites or by giving them a call.
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