Renting Skis and Boards Online—Best Resorts and Best Locations

01 November 2012 has direct-to-room delivery in select locations and dozens of slopeside shops
Broomfield, Colo., Winter 2012-13—, the largest online ski equipment provider in North America, offers the most shops and rental facilities at strategic locations in most major western resort ski villages to give skiers and riders quick and easy access to the slopes.  Additionally, free direct-to-lodging delivery service is an extra attraction for visitors who appreciate the ease, convenience and personal attention of “to-your-door” delivery. 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.  Affiliated shops in Whistler/Blackcomb, Banff/Alberta, Sun Valley/Ketchum, and Steamboat Springs offer the same top-notch gear and free delivery service.

A distinct advantage for skiers and riders choosing to book with, is the many base village locations of rental shops. During the day, if a renter needs an adjustment to their gear or settings, they can visit any participating store or rental facility and have a tech assist with changes.  If the renter wants a different length or size, or snow conditions change and they want to switch to different equipment, or their skill level is progressing rapidly, a gear change for any reason can be made quickly and efficiently.  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 rentals, skiers and riders traveling to Colorado, California, Nevada or Utah have the option of picking up their rental gear at any one of the participating resorts—and returning it any other participating location.  So equipment picked up in Keystone or Breckenridge can be dropped off in any location including shops in Vail, Winter Park, Copper Mountain or even Park City, Utah or Heavenly, Northstar, and Kirkwood Resorts in California. The free, “no drop fee” service was offered in response to the many skiers and riders who start their trip in one location—and then finish their winter vacation miles away. When combined with the free direct-to-room delivery service offered in several locations, the convenience of beats the competition.

“Many of our destination guests want to ski or ride at more than one resort during a vacation and so the ability to rent in one location and return at another location has been really well-received,” reports Tapio Niskanen, national sales manager for

Great value is also part of the equation, especially for families. 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 so booking before arrival is a smart move.  And, customers using are guaranteed to love their equipment—if the equipment isn’t satisfactory, they receive a refund for that day’s rental or they can exchange their skis or board for another set-up.

“It’s very important to our customers to rent the ‘best in class’ equipment and so we are constantly updating and tuning our skis and boards so renters get an optimal experience on the slopes,” explains Niskanen.  “Of course, having our rentals shops right at the slopes at most resorts makes it so much easier for guests to pick up and return their equipment, make exchanges, or perhaps get a quick adjustment or tweak to their equipment 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 simply 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.
Options range from the Sport Package for beginners to intermediates for $19-$52/day depending on resort and season, the Performance Package for intermediate to advanced skiers from $24-$57/day, and Demos for the latest equipment with skis from K2, Rossignol, Salomon, Volkl and Nordica ranging from $34-$67/day.  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,” insists Niskanen.  “Top notch equipment, slopeside and city locations, direct delivery, and flexible dropoff locations with pricing and products for every customer.”
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About Vail Resorts
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; 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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