Tips For Saving on Your Ski Getaway


Last 12 months, Vail Resorts launched Epic Mountain Rentals, which presents free supply at lots of its resorts.

Generally talking, the farther you’re from a ski resort, the cheaper the leases.

Two winters in the past, I priced rental gear for a ski journey to Taos, N.M., from a store affiliated with Christy Sports in Santa Fe and one other of its places on the base of Taos Ski Valley. The distinction in charges, about $5 a day, added up over every week of snowboarding for a household of three. In the tip, an early flight departure made it not possible to return the skis in Santa Fe when the store was open, so we went with the dearer different.

“We try to meet skiers and customers where they’re at,” mentioned Matt Gold, the chief govt of Christy Sports. Compared to retailers in resort bases, he mentioned, “the city stores and mountain town stores will be a little bit less, but then you have to transport the equipment yourself.”

Sometimes, it’s price it. Last ski season, a visit to Aspen took me by Glenwood Springs, Colo., the place it was handy to lease from an area store, Brian’s Bench. Paying $24 a day, I saved about half of what I’d have spent on the resort’s rental retailers.

For these staying native or driving regionally, many REI shops in northern areas lease downhill and cross-country skis in addition to snowshoes. Prices for traditional cross-country ski packages, with skis, boots and poles, begin at $22 for the primary night time and $13 for every extra night time. Downhill packages begin at $28 for the primary night time and $17 for every extra night time.

Supply shortages could also be felt probably the most in winter attire, a lot of which is manufactured in Asia, the place factories have been slowed by the pandemic and items have been topic to transport delays.

If your outdated parka gained’t do, otherwise you hadn’t wanted one, attempt a secondhand supply like Geartrade, which has sturdy stock of jackets searchable by measurement. For a extra short-term resolution, the out of doors trade has its personal model of Rent the Runway in providers that provide outerwear.