Vail is like no other ski area in the country. With 31 lifts, nearly 200 trails, and more than 5,000 acres of skiable terrain, Vail is the third-largest ski area in the United States. But Vail isn’t just big; it’s also beautiful and loaded with snow. It averages a whopping 350 inches of snow each year. When you add the fact that Colorado enjoys about 300 days of sunshine annually, Vail is a top destination for skiers and snowboarders—especially if you love powder.
When it comes to finding powder stashes on fat skis, you can’t do any better than Vail. The resort is so big that intrepid explorers can still find some first tracks late in the day after a storm.
While Vail offers a vast amount of terrain, it doesn’t feel like a behemoth resort when you’re off the mountain. Tucked against the mountain, the village of Vail has a quaint European feel. Its cobblestone streets wind among the types of old-world buildings you would find in the Alps. In addition to small shops and world-class restaurants, Vail Village offers top-of-the-line spas, endless options for apres-ski treats, and two ice rinks.
The folks who come to Vail to ski have high expectations. After all, it’s one of the best known resorts on the planet, and it’s renowned for its customer service and luxurious accommodations. Thanks to RentSkis.com, you’ll enjoy that same high level of service when you rent skiing or snowboarding equipment.
Operating in locations throughout the village, RentSkis.com offers the latest equipment and best brands in specialized packages to suit different ability levels. It also provides convenient online reservations and delivery options. Some rental locations offer additional amenities, like storage and valet service. RentSkis.com makes it easier than ever to spend less time on logistics and more time on the snow. To help you choose the perfect rental location at Vail, here’s a rundown of locations and their amenities.
Vail Sports — Golden Peak
A premier Vail Sports location, Golden Peak sits right in the center of the action. The store is on the shuttle line, and it’s just steps away from the Golden Peak Children’s Ski School. Once you’ve dropped off the little ones for their lessons, you’ll have a short walk to the Riva Bahn and Gopher Express lifts. If convenience is your top priority, Golden Peak is the perfect rental location. When you get your gear through RentSkis.com, the shop allows you to store your ski or snowboard boots during the day and overnight, so you don’t have to lug them around. Plus, your rental includes valet service, so a shop employee can drop off your gear near the lifts and pick it up again when you’re done skiing or snowboarding. If you tend to be hampered by cold feet, the shop can address that too—just add in a pair of heated boots. How awesome is that?
Vail Sports — Mountain Plaza
Looking for a rental place close to the mountain? The Vail Sports Mountain Plaza location is the closest rental shop to Gondola One. It’s super easy to drop your street shoes, pick up your boots and skis or board, and hit the slopes (keep in mind that the shop rents heated boots for those who prefer the ultimate in comfort). If you need to outfit kids, you’re in luck at Mountain Plaza. It’s in the same building as the Vail Ski School, and it’s also just a hop, skip, and a jump away from the Pirate Ship Playground, which is always a hit with kiddos. After an exhilarating day on the mountain, you might be a little tuckered out. So, make life easy and take advantage of the shop’s valet service to return your gear and have the shop keep your equipment overnight. Then, your hands will be free, so you can easily stroll into the village to unwind.
Burton — Vail Village
Forget any on-the-slopes essentials for your trip? The Vail Village Burton store is where you’ll find this season’s trendiest apparel and accessories, plus all-Burton packages from RentSkis.com. The shop experts will set you up with the perfect package of equipment to suit your ability level and ensure that your boots and bindings fit correctly.
Burton in Vail Village not only offers the best equipment but also makes the rental experience very convenient. When you leave the mountain, drop off of your rental gear at the shop, and they’ll store it overnight. Then, grab a bite and a cocktail at Express Lift Bar.
Vail Sports — Arrabelle
You’d be hard-pressed to find a more convenient location in all of Vail Valley to pick up your rental equipment than the Vail Sports Arrabelle location. It sits on the bank of Gore Creek, near the Eagle Bahn Gondola or Born Free Express, which will carry you to the resort. When you arrive at Arrabelle to rent your gear, you’ll be able to choose from a wide range of top ski and snowboard brands, including their latest offerings. Also, you’ll have the option of renting heated boots. In addition to providing rental equipment, the shop also sells accessories, so you can hit the mountain feeling warm and cozy.
Not only is the location convenient, but the shop also offers amenities that ensure a hassle-free experience on the slopes. When you use RentSkis.com to reserve equipment, you’ll have access to overnight storage. Just leave your rental gear at the shop and then pick it up in the morning. Also, the Arrabelle shop is near plenty of restaurants and entertainment, including Starbucks, an ice cream shop, and the ice rink.
Vail Sports — Vail 21
The Vail 21 rental shop is right across the street from many of Vail’s lodging options, so whether you’re staying in a lodge or at a condo, it’s just a short walk away. This location also offers daytime storage so that you can stay in your comfy street shoes until the last possible second. Don’t want to haul your rental gear back to the condo at the end of the day? No worries. Vail 21 will store your skis overnight. It also helps that Vail 21 offers heated boot rentals, so your feet will never have to be chilly, even when the mercury drops.
Vail Sports at Ritz-Carlton Club
There’s no better way to treat yourself to the ultimate ski vacation than to lay your head at the Ritz-Carlton Club between powder days. The Ritz has all the incredible amenities you’d expect from a top-of-the-line hotel. Plus, it also has its very own RentSkis.com location. The hotel’s rental shop will outfit you with the latest gear, including heated boots. Need to pick up a few things? You’ll find a wide range of clothing and accessories for sale in the shop. Once you’ve been outfitted with gear, you can use the valet service to avoid the trouble of carrying gear between the shop and the ski hill. When the day is done, a valet will return your rental equipment to the shop and store it overnight. The next morning, they’ll get you back into your gear and on the mountain in no time.
Whether you just need rentals or you’re looking for a whole new wardrobe, Vail’s Salomon shop has you covered. It offers the best new products for skiing and snowboarding. Maybe you’ve had your eye on a specific board or a cutting-edge pair of Salomon skis. If so, the experts at Salomon will get you outfitted quickly, so you’ll have plenty of time to test gear on the mountain. For added convenience, you can drop by the shop at the end of your session and store your skis overnight. If you’re up for shopping or night-time entertainment, the shop is conveniently located near plenty of stores and restaurants. It’s also close to the shuttle stop if you need a ride back to your accommodations.
Vail Sports — Marriott
If you’re staying at the Marriott, look no further for your rental needs than the hotel’s in-house ski shop. The Vail Sports Marriott location offers rentals through RentSkis.com, so you’ll be able to choose from top brands and enjoy special amenities. In addition to day storage for shoes and boots, you can also take advantage of overnight ski storage. For the ultimate in convenience, set up ski valet service, where shop employees will transport your gear to the mountain and bring it back to the Marriott. It’s the perfect setup for people who want to focus more on shredding than shuffling equipment back and forth.
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Written by Emma Walker for Matcha in partnership with Rent Skis.
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