With two mountains, more than 8,100 skiable acres, and 30-plus feet of snow in the winter, Whistler Blackcomb is a destination that should be on every skier’s bucket list. Located just 75 miles north of Vancouver, Whistler boasts 16 alpine bowls, world-class terrain parks, and more than 200 marked trails.
Whistler Blackcomb is very beginner-friendly, with nearly 20% of the resort dedicated to beginners and learn-to-ski areas. About 55% of the resort terrain is ideal for intermediate skiers and snowboarders. The best place for beginners to start is at Magic Chair at the base of Blackcomb. From there, they can ride down the Yellow Brick Road. If you’re an advanced skier looking to test your endurance, make your way to the Peak Express chairlift. Ride it to the Peak-to-Creek Trail, and then descend 5,000 feet over seven miles. With a vertical drop like that, there’s plenty of challenging terrain, from powder bowls to the groomers on Dave Murray Downhill to steep glades in lower Blackcomb.
Once you’ve challenged yourself on the mountain, treat yourself in Whistler’s pedestrian-only village. Take advantage of countless spas, luxury shopping, and plenty of slopeside après-ski activities. In the village and on the mountain, Whistler is known for its renowned customer service and top-notch accommodations. Thanks to RentSkis.com, you’ll enjoy that same high level of service when you rent skiing or snowboarding equipment.
Operating at several locations on the mountain, 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 spot at Whistler, here’s a rundown of some locations and their amenities.
Can-Ski has rentals and a full range of ski equipment, clothing, and accessories, including a selection for kids. If you’re in Whistler Blackcomb, you’re likely to be near a Can-Ski as there are locations in town, the village, and slopeside. The Creekside location is slopeside near the Creekside Gondola, making it an easy way to pick up your gear and get right on the lifts. This location also has high-end performance boots available for rent. Designed for serious skiers who like to ride fast and aggressively, performance boots are typically stiffer to provide more control. That being said, if you aren’t sure what the conditions will be like, or you plan to cruise the steeps, you may want performance boots with a bit more flex. If you find that your boots aren’t suiting your needs, no problem. When you reserve your equipment with RentSkis.com, you can swing into the shop and swap your boots for another pair.
Other Can-Ski locations at Whistler Blackcomb include those at the Blackcomb base (slopeside), Crystal Lodge, Hilton Whistler Resort & Spa, and Weston Resort and Spa. With a reputation built on its Superior Fit Bootfit Guarantee, Can-Ski is performance-focused to help you find the right set-up for your skiing ability.
Showcase Snowboards is located just steps from the Whistler Village Gondola, and it’s one of the most recognizable retail brands in the area. It’s a focal point of Whistler’s snowboarding community, and it features the best in hardgoods and apparel. You’ll find expert boot fitters and the in-store Burton Test Ride Center. After a day on the slopes, you don’t have to bring your equipment all the way back to your hotel: Showcase is one of four rental locations at Whistler that offers overnight storage. When you’ve finished your day, take your rental gear back the shop, and they’ll hold onto it overnight.
Four Seasons Mountain Products
When it comes to luxury accommodations at Whistler, you can’t beat the Four Seasons Resort and Residences located at the base of Blackcomb Mountain. It features the area’s largest guest rooms, suites, and residences, and all of them come with a fireplace and balcony. You can expect the same level of service with ski rentals at Four Seasons Mountain Products, which features the newest equipment, overnight storage, and performance boots. It’s also one of the half-dozen options for rental equipment on the mountain that offers valet service, which is the ultimate in convenience.
When you reserve your equipment through RentSkis.com, the ski valet can give you advice on ski conditions and recommended runs. The valet will also ensure that your gear is delivered to you at the base of the mountains or ski school. While you’re out on the slopes, the valet will make sure your personal items are stored properly. Then, when you’re finished skiing or riding, they’ll store your gear overnight and prep it for the next day. If you’re staying at the resort, it’s an easy call to get your equipment here.
Other hotels that have rental facilities on the premises include the Fairmont Chateau Whistler, Carleton Lodge, and Blackcomb Springs Suites.
Rossignol Dynastar Lange Rental Lounge
Located at the Daylodge at the base of Blackcomb, the Rossignol Dynastar Lange Rental Lounge is a boutique rental experience that features an exclusive line of Rossignol, Dynastar, and Lange Products. Here you’ll find a wide selection of carving, all-mountain, powder, and touring skis. To take advantage of this rental option, choose the “Rossignol Lange Dynastar” location when booking your demo skis with RentSkis.com. In addition to the premier equipment, it also has overnight storage to make your experience easy.
No matter where you choose to get your equipment, it’s easy to make your reservation online. Once you’re done with your gear, drop it off at any RentSkis.com location, or switch out your rental at any time during your vacation if you want to try something different.
Whistler Blackcomb is one of North America’s top ski and snowboard areas. You want to be sure you have the right equipment to enjoy it to the fullest. With reservations through Rentskis.com, you can have everything you need waiting for you when you arrive—so you can spend more time on the slopes.
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Written by Abbie Mood for Matcha in partnership with Rent Skis.
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