Ah, the relaxing joys of a ski trip. Slopeside cocoa. A lingering hot-tub soak. The snow angels. Giggling children. The giant tangle of ski gear so weighty and oversized isn’t always what you want to drag from your car to the airport to the shuttle and beyond.
Yeah, that last part isn’t so relaxing. Schlepping ski gear through planes, trains, and automobiles is the worst. Plus, the airlines slap on a stiff fee for your ski baggage. You’ve looked forward to your ski trip for months. So, maybe there’s a better way than starting and ending it with sweat and stress.
RentSkis.com makes it simpler and cheaper to get on a pair of slope-worthy planks. When you rent gear through RentSkis.com, you can have it delivered straight to your hotel or even slopeside. You order everything in advance, and then it shows up right where you need it. Plus, an expert will be on-hand to make sure you have comfortable boots that fit correctly.
If you’re planning a ski trip and wondering how you’ll deal with all the gear, here are seven reasons you should rent your equipment rather than haul it from home.
1. Save on Baggage Fees
Owning a pair of skis is great when you’re able to hit your local hill on the weekend. However, as soon as you set foot on an airplane, you can plan on extra baggage fees. Ski clothing and boots are bulky, so it’s almost impossible to get by with just a carry-on bag. You have to check a bag or two of clothes and boots, and then pay an even higher fee to add another bag with your skis in it. (Most airlines charge more fees as you add more bags.)
By the time it’s all said and done, the extra fees for every person in your party add up. For very little extra money, you can skip the whole rigamarole and have rental skis waiting for you when you arrive at your destination.
2. Skip the Wait at Baggage Claim
Airport lines are one of the worst things about travel. Waiting in line to drop off your baggage and then pick it up at baggage claim is about 80% worse when you’re lugging oversized ski bags and suitcases with your clothing. If you rent your skis, you skip line time and enjoy more downtime.
3. Avoid Transportation Headaches
When you bring your own skis, you’re limited to ski-friendly transit and can’t get a normal rental car or shuttle. You need an SUV, a van, or a shuttle with room for oversized baggage. This adds up even more costs and limitations, and it extends the time that you’re dragging and lifting heavy bags. With RentSkis.com, you can reserve your equipment online ahead of time, and have it delivered to your hotel or pick it up at a rental shop that’s near the slopes. In some cases, you can even take advantage of ski valet service and have someone deliver your rental gear to the sloped and pick it up when you’re done for the day.
4. Two Words: Kids’ Skis
If you’ve ever traveled with children and children’s ski gear at the same time, you’re familiar with the impossible physics of carrying (and remembering) every little item they’ll need—and can’t carry themselves. Transporting kids’ ski gear adds so much stuff and so much hassle that it’s like something out of a funny movie, except it’s not funny because it’s your life. When you rent equipment through RentSkis.com, you can choose the Junior package for children younger than 12. Depending on which shop you rent from, you can arrange for the shop to deliver equipment to the base of the resort. You won’t have to deal with carrying all the family’s gear from the hotel to the lift.
5. Try the Newest and Nicest Gear
With RentSkis.com, the rental shop will outfit you with top-notch gear from the best brands and ensure that it suits your ability level. Plus, if you are an experienced skier or snowboarder, you can get a Demo package that allows you to test some of the newest equipment as well as models suited for specific conditions. If you arrive at the resort right after it’s been dumping, you can pick up something suited for deep powder. The Demo package is also a convenient option if you’re looking to buy skis or a snowboard, but you’d like to try before you buy. During the day, you can even swing by the rental shop to quickly swap out gear and test something different.
6. Flexibility with Pickup and Dropoff
If you have a complex or multi-stop trip itinerary, RentSkis.com can easily adapt. You can have your gear delivered to one resort, and then picked up at a different resort at the end of the trip. It’s no sweat for them, and it frees you up to explore the whole area you’re visiting.
7. Skip the Ticket Line
We saved this treat for the end—lucky number seven. As you’re reserving your skis, boots, poles, and helmet on RentSkis.com, you can also purchase lift tickets. By ordering online, you avoid waiting in a long line in the cold to get a lift ticket for the day. With everything perfectly ready—gear, tickets, and people—you can cruise straight out the door and do precisely what you’re there to do: have the most epic, beautiful, relaxing time of your life.
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Written by Beth Lopez for Matcha in partnership with Rent Skis.
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