To enjoy your time on the slopes, you need the right gear. There’s just no way around it. Whether you’re skiing or snowboarding, you need equipment that fits you well and suits your ability level. If you own all of your own stuff, it’s no problem. But, what if you need to rent skis, boards, boots, and more? How can you ensure that you’re not only getting the appropriate gear, but also high-quality equipment that’s in good shape? The easiest solution is to choose one of the specialized rental packages from Rent Skis.
The Sport, Performance, and Demo rental packages from Rent Skis include well-maintained equipment from top brands, such as Salomon, Rossignol, Head, Burton, Nordica, Volkl, Blizzard, and others. All three packages have options for all levels, from first-timers to seasoned experts and everyone in between. Junior packages are perfect for children 12 and younger.
All of the collections include boards and bindings, or skis and lightweight, carbon fiber poles with an upgraded grip made by Goode. Plus, you have the option to rent boots from high-quality manufacturers like Burton, Head, Norcia, and K2. There’s also an option to rent helmets from standout companies like Giro and Burton.
With so many options, you might need a guiding hand to choose what’s right for you. So, we’ve detailed the contents of each Rent Skis package.
Sport Package: For First-Timers and Beginners
When you’re first learning to ski, it’s crucial to develop your ability to make turns so that you can control your speed and stop. Being in control keeps you safe and prevents you from colliding with other people on the hill. Built for beginners, the Sport Package addresses these concerns.
The skis and boards in this package are relatively short, so they’re easier to turn. Plus, they’re stable, yet flexible, and very forgiving, so they respond well when a person is moving slowly. These qualities make them ideal if you’re learning the ropes on groomed terrain.
When you have forgiving equipment, it’s much easier to make your skis more parallel during turns or link the heel and toe edges when turning on a snowboard.
Performance Package: For Intermediates or Beginners Going to the Next Level
When you begin to carve turns cleanly, rather than skid into them, you need a more responsive ski or board. By upgrading, you can continue to improve your technique. That’s why the skis and boards in the Performance Package tend to be stiffer and have sharper edges. They’ll react well and provide stability as you aggressively apply more force at higher speeds.
The Performance Package is perfect if you want to explore more of the mountain. It’s also a solid choice if you’re going to increase your speed and tackle different types of terrain in all kinds of conditions. The skis and boards in this package are not only suited for aggressive turns but also include a variety of models with different shapes to handle specific types of terrain. Whether you want to float through powder, carve down steep runs, or make quick turns on tree runs or moguls, you’ll find the right gear in the Performance Package.
Demo Package: For Beginners to Experts
Are you the type of person who loves using the latest and greatest equipment? If so, the Demo Package is perfect for you, no matter your skill level. You can choose skis and boards for any ability level and any terrain. You get the same top-quality equipment sold at ski area retail shops. A few options include K2’s stellar Mindbender series, Blizzard’s Black Pearl (a favorite with women), Volkl’s Mantra and Nordica Enforcer, as well as four or five men’s and women’s options from Burton’s elite snowboard fleet.
The Demo Package is also excellent for avid skiers or riders who own equipment but want to rent state-of-the-art gear at the mountain or try something new and different. It’s also the right option if you’re shopping for new gear and want to test things to make an informed choice.
Maybe you brought your all-mountain skis on a trip but arrived at a resort covered in 15 inches of fresh powder. In that case, you’ll probably want to check out some fatter skis. The Demo Package includes skis from 95 to 105 millimeters underfoot for better floatation in powder. It could be that halfway through your trip you decide to give the terrain park a try or sharpen your racing skills. While most demo models are built for shredding the whole mountain, there are also options geared toward park riding and race-caliber carving.
A huge bonus of the Demo Package is that, throughout your rental, you can trade out as many models as you want for free so that you can sample a variety of gear. While boots are standard for the Sport and Performance packages, the Demo Package offers a more advanced Lange ski boot designed for higher carving performance. Plus, it has a beefier binding with stronger DIN setting for aggressive turning.
If you’ve rented gear in the past, but had a negative experience, it’s time to shake off those thoughts. It’s a new age, and Rent Skis can set you up with top-notch gear that perfectly matches your abilities. If you discover during your trip that you want to try different equipment, you can swap it out quickly and get back to having fun on the hill. Whether you’re a newbie or an expert, the key to having fun is to hit the mountain in the right gear. It will boost your comfort and confidence, so you can free your mind and experience the bliss that brings skiers and riders back to the snow year after year.
Written by Shauna Farnell for Matcha in partnership with Rent Skis.
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