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Should I take my skis or rent them on my vacation?

Here are insider tips from some of the best ski vacation professionals available. They specialize in planning winter mountain vacations. It's what they do. It's all they do.

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Answers To Your Ski Vacation Planning & Booking Questions.

Ask Amy.

Should we rent or buy ski or snowboard equipment for our kids?
Advice provided by ski & snowboard vacation expert:
Amy Whitley, from Trekaroo.

Great question! It can be hard enough outfitting an entire family for skiing and snowboarding once, let alone once per year, every year! Kids grow fast, and ski equipment is expensive. However, whether to rent or buy depends on how often you plan to ski, and where. If you plan to take one or two destination ski trips far from home, renting at the resort can be your best bet. Opt for week-long rentals instead of daily, or look for a ski package that includes rentals. If that's not possible, do your research and find a ski rental company local to your resort. Many will deliver ski rentals to your vacation home or condo and charge less than the resort ski rental shop.

If you plan to ski consistently throughout the season at a home resort, check for a ski or snowboard exchange program at your local ski shop. Here's how most work: pay a one-time fee per child, outfit him or her in skis, boots, and poles (or boots and board), and exchange the equipment for the next size up annually for up to three years. Want to buy outright? Start at your local ski swap or your local Craigslist page. Kids' gear is always on the market, always a bargain, and often almost new.



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Ask Nancy.

Get a ski vacation quote from Rocky Mountain Getaways.

Should I take my skis or rent them on my vacation?
Advice provided by ski & snowboard vacation expert:
Nancy Hitz, from Rocky Mountain Getaways.

With the cost of baggage fees, renting equipment at your destination is no longer an extra cost to your vacation. Ski and snowboard technology is ever evolving and making the ski and ride experience ever more enjoyable. New products are geared towards personal ability, style and preferred terrain. When renting equipment at the performance and demo level, you typically are allowed and encouraged to try out several styles of equipment to see what fits your style and ability best, giving you the best on mountain experience. If your equipment has been hanging out in your basement for a few years, consider leaving it there and renting at your destination. Rocky Mountain Getaways works with all of the best shops with all of the best base area and on mountain locations to gear you up and give you a great on mountain experience. Love your boots? I love my boots so I bring my boots and try the latest and greatest skis.


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Ask Bree.

Get a ski vacation quote from Whistler Blackcomb.

Should I take my skis or rent them on my vacation?
Advice provided by ski & snowboard vacation expert:
Bree Procter, from Whistler Blackcomb.

With airlines baggage fees, it's usually not worth the extra cost and hassle of lugging your skis or snowboard. Make your visit more enjoyable by renting the latest gear. As conditions and your skills change, so can your equipment. Book now to ensure you get the best ski for the current conditions.

Whistler Blackcomb is proud to offer you some of the best brands including Salomon, Rossignol, K2, Head, and Burton. Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced skiers and riders - we've got you covered.



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Ask Travis.

Get a ski vacation quote from Alpine Adventures.

Should I take my skis or rent them on my vacation?
Advice provided by ski & snowboard vacation expert:
Travis English, from Alpine Adventures.

Renting skis is always a great option for the ski traveler. With the hassle and additional cost of bringing your own gear it can actually be easier to rent. Many gear shops offer in room fittings for boots and skis, as well as top of the line demo equipment.


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Ask Cassandra.

Get a ski vacation quote from Alpine Adventures.

Should I take my skis or rent them on my vacation?
Advice provided by ski & snowboard vacation expert:
Cassandra Davenport, from Alpine Adventures.

With the increasing cost of baggage fees and the availability of state of the art skis and snowboards in every resort, it only makes sense to rent. You will be able to change out your equipment daily or hourly if you want as the conditions change. What could be better?


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