- Tuned and Ready Gear at Slopeside Shops

07 October 2013 is the largest and most well equipped ski and snowboard rental service in North America and with good reason. offers more shops and rental facilities at mostly slopeside locations in most major western resort ski villages to give skiers and riders quick and easy access to the slopes.  For destination skiers and riders, free direct-to-lodging delivery service maximizes the ease and convenience of the rental process—in the comfort of your own room. Mountain resorts offering the free delivery service include Vail, Beaver Creek, Aspen, Breckenridge, Snowmass, Telluride and Winter Park, Colorado as well as Park City, Utah and Heavenly in Lake Tahoe, Calif. New for 2013-14, three new shops offering services will be open at Canyons Resort near Park City.

Another notable advantage of using, is the many base village locations of rental shops. Besides easy access to slopes when equipment is picked up or dropped off, if a renter want to change their gear for changing conditions or simply needs an adjustment to their settings, they can visit any shop with the sign and have an equipment tech assist with changes.  Or, if the renter wants a different length or size, or their skill level is progressing rapidly, a gear change for any reason can be made quickly and efficiently. This same slopeside service is also available to guests who used the free delivery service—no need to call a van driver, simply visit one of the many shops in the resort villages for a quick swap or adjustment.

Most other rental services are located miles away from the slopes and simple changes or adjustments can require time-consuming off-slope connections to make exchanges or adjustments. Besides easy online bookings, skiers and riders traveling to Colorado, California, Nevada or Utah can pick up their rental gear at any one of the participating resorts*—and returning it any other participating location.  For example, equipment picked up in Keystone or Breckenridge can be dropped off at any location including shops in Vail, Telluride, Aspen, Copper Mountain or even Park City or the Canyons in Utah or Heavenly, Northstar, and Kirkwood Resorts in California. The free, “no drop fee” service was created especially for skiers and riders taking advantage of the increasingly popular multi-resort, multi-state season passes that allow skiers and riders to start their trip in one location—and finish many miles away. This service completely eliminates the need for wasting time in several rental shops when visiting multiple resorts. One stop renting saves valuable slope time for these skiers and riders.

Another plus is the data storage system. After the first rental, vital information like equipment preference, height, weight, and binding settings are stored so that future rentals are even faster and more efficient.

“The easy online reservations with updated customer information, slopeside locations, flexibility for changing gear, free drop off at a different rental location and the free direct-to-room delivery service at several locations allows to really cater to our guests,” explains Tapio Niskanen, national sales manager for

Families enjoy even greater value. For every set of adult performance or demo equipment rented, a junior (age 12 or younger) gets a free rental for the same number of days at selected stores during non-peak periods. Rates vary based on time of season and location but advance reservations receive up to 20 percent off the regular, walk-in daily price. Reserving equipment before arrival is a smart move for both pricing and convenience. No excess baggage fees and no dragging bulky gear across lengthy parking lots. Guests using are guaranteed to love their equipment. If for any reason renters aren’t satisfied with their gear, they receive a refund for that day’s rental or they can exchange their skis or board for another set-up.

“We know our customers are looking for ‘best in class’ equipment so we are constantly updating our gear, tailoring it to the terrain and conditions at each resort, and following a frequent maintenance and tuning schedule on our skis and boards so renters get an optimal experience on the slopes,” explains Niskanen.  “And since the majority of our rentals shops are close to the slopes, it really makes it easier for guests to pick up and return their equipment, make exchanges, or get a quick adjustment if needed,” he adds. keeps a full inventory of gear to meet the needs of “first-timers” to experts looking for the latest technology and high performance skis and boards.  Boots are also available for rent.  Reservations can be made at or at 800-544-6648. Renters indicate the most convenient shop for pick up or if they opt for delivery service, a technician brings their selected equipment right to their lodging.

Equipment is grouped into three different categories. Sport Packages are ideal for beginners to intermediates while high intermediates and advance skiers can get more technical boards with the Performance Package. Demos offer the highest performance for advanced intermediate to expert skiers and include the newest makes and models. Snowboarders can choose from Burton’s line including their innovative Learn to Ride equipment or the latest models from Salomon and Ride. 

“It’s a pretty big claim but we really do have it all,” assures Niskanen.  “Top notch equipment, slopeside and city locations, direct delivery, flexible drop off locations and perhaps most importantly, the easiest rental experience that guests can find.”

For equipment, locations, and reservations, go to


About Vail Resorts, Inc. (NYSE: MTN)
Vail Resorts, Inc., through its subsidiaries, is the leading mountain resort operator in the United States. The Company's subsidiaries operate the mountain resorts of Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone in Colorado; Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood in the Lake Tahoe area of California and Nevada; Canyons in Park City, Utah; Afton Alps in Minnesota and Mt. Brighton in Michigan; and the Grand Teton Lodge Company in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. The Company's subsidiary, RockResorts, a luxury resort hotel company, manages casually elegant properties. Vail Resorts Development Company is the real estate planning, development and construction subsidiary of Vail Resorts, Inc. Vail Resorts is a publicly held company traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: MTN). The Vail Resorts company website is and consumer website is


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