Aspen sits at 8,000 feet at the head of the Roaring Fork Valley that divides the Elk and Sawatch Ranges. Originally established as a mining camp in 1881, it’s now known as a popular ski destination with an average of 150-200 inches of snowfall per year. It also has an extensive après-ski scene that draws in the crowds after a day on the slopes.
Aspen’s four mountains—Snowmass, Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlands, and Buttermilk— feature a wide array of terrain, which means it can be hard to decide what equipment to bring with you. If you rent your gear once you’re in Aspen, it will be a lot less stressful than packing everything in your car or prepping it for flight. Plus, if you rent in Aspen, you’ll have the opportunity to try the newest equipment and choose the gear that best matches the snow conditions.
Your best bet is to make a reservation online with RentSkis.com before you go, and the experts in their partner rental shops will help you figure out what gear you’ll need for the conditions. You can choose from different packages for skis and snowboards, depending on what you are looking to do. Helmets and boots are also available to rent if needed.
There are six Aspen Sports shops in and around downtown Aspen and Snowmass Village, where you can rent gear through RentSkis.com. All of the shops will provide you with expert knowledge as well as the top brands in skiing and snowboarding equipment like Salomon, Burton, Blizzard, Head, Rossignol, K2, Volkl, and others. Depending on which shop you go to, RentSkis.com offers a variety of amenities, as well.
Here’s a quick guide on what you can expect at each Aspen Sports RentSkis.com location.
Cooper Ave: This in-town Aspen Sports shop is conveniently located two blocks from Aspen Mountain and a quick drive to Buttermilk, Snowmass and Highlands. The shop has everything you need to prepare for a day on the slopes from rental equipment to outerwear. After you pick up your gear, you can store all your stuff at the shop. They have day storage for shoes and boots, too. Once you are done skiing, you can return your gear to the shop and pop out to one of the many nearby restaurants the Red Onion nextdoor, which is a staple in town built during Aspen’s mining days.
Snowmass Mall: Nestled in the heart of Snowmass Village, Aspen Sports’ Snowmass Mall shop has a prime location near the Village Express High-Speed Six Pack and right next to the ski and snowboard school. If you are looking for easy-on and off the mountain or have little ones who will be taking lessons, renting your gear here will make it easy for you. In addition to the convenient locale, you can also store shoes, boots, and other things for the day while you ski, and pick up any last-minute necessities you may have forgotten like gloves, socks or an extra layer. Being in the village, it’s easy to find food and drinks close-by after you drop off your equipment at the end of the day.
St. Regis: The St. Regis shop is on the premises of the hotel and only a three-minute walk to Aspen Mountain or a 20-minute or less drive to any of the other three resorts. The shop’s experts will get you set up with top-of-the-line gear to fit your needs for the day. You can store your shoes, boots, and everything you have with you but don’t need on the slopes at the shop for the day. The shop also has a nice selection of outerwear and clothing in case you want to poke around a bit or pick up anything else you need. Being in-town not only makes mountain access easy, but it also makes food and drinks easy to find and nearby once you are finished on the slopes.
Grand Hyatt: This Aspen Sports shop resides in the luxurious Grand Hyatt in downtown Aspen. Just steps from the base of Aspen Mountain and a short drive to any of the other three mountains, the shop’s central location makes it easy to hit the slopes. When you rent equipment here, you can store boots, shoes, and other gear for the day to avoid lugging it around the mountain and having to find a safe spot for it when you are skiing. If you are staying at the hotel, you can also take advantage of the hotel’s ski valet option. The downtown Aspen location also makes finding a quick bite before hitting the slopes or some après-ski fun easy and accessible.
Demo Store: Sitting in the new Snowmass Base Village, the Demo Store provides easy in and out and on and off the mountain. They are also right next to the ski school, so if you, or anyone in your family, is taking lessons, this shop is very convenient. The knowledgeable staff will help you find the best equipment for you based on your skiing abilities. They have day storage for your shoes and small gear so you can grab your skis and go without the hassle of finding a spot for your stuff.
RentSkis Gold: The RentSkis Gold shop is in the Westin Snowmass Resort in the middle of Snowmass Village. This premium location is ski-in/ski-out and sits just steps from the slopes. For rentals, it promises the newest equipment and offers a valet program—no faster or easier way to get going on the slopes. Like the other Aspen Sports’ rental stores, day storage is available for your shoes, boots, and other belongings. Its central location in Snowmass Village means it’s close to the ski school, and there are plenty of food and beverage options nearby.
If you enjoyed this article, you should also read:
- What to Expect From Your Ski Rental Experience
- The Top Five Questions You Should Ask When Renting Your Skis
- Your Ski Rental Service Delivery Guide
Written by Abbie Mood for Matcha in partnership with Rent Skis.
Featured image provided by Kevin Chang