If you are planning your first ski or snowboard vacation, it can seem like there is an awful lot of gear you need to consider. While some of it you will definitely need to buy for yourself (like thermal underwear!), there are a lot of things, like snowboards, ski poles and skis that you can rent at a ski school or resort. While this may seem like the better option, there are actually several pros and cons to both choices. Here we take a look at what those are to help you decide whether buying or renting the ski or snowboard gear you need is going to be better for you:
Benefits of Renting Ski or Snowboard Gear:
There are advantages to renting ski gear, which include:
- You don’t have to worry about traveling to your resort with bulky ski or snowboarding equipment, or having to pay excess baggage charges on airlines to bring them.
- You can get gear that fits your children perfectly, without having to think that they will need all new stuff by next winter.
- If you want to try the sport out without making too much of a commitment, it is much cheaper to rent for your first trip – often, ski or snowboarding lessons include equipment rental in the price. This means if you decide skiing or boarding isn’t for you, you haven’t laid out money on things you’ll never use again.
- You can exchange the gear you borrow during the day if there turns out to be something wrong with it or it isn’t fitting well.
- You don’t have to clean or dry out the equipment after you use it, or have your accommodation littered with drying gear every evening.
Benefits of Buying Instead:
Here are the arguments for buying your own ski or snowboard gear:
- It is quicker to get on the slopes each day when you don’t have to go through the process of renting equipment, which means you get more skiing or snowboarding out of your time!
- Long term, provided you keep on with the sport, you will save money, because good skis or a good snowboard will last for years (though obviously for children there is an issue with outgrowing them).
- You will end up with the best quality things you can afford, and can choose what they look like. Most seasoned skiers or snowboarders hate when they have to rent equipment because the stuff that is on offer is nowhere near as good as the things they would buy.
- It can be cheaper than you think, particularly if you shop for used items or things like demo skis, which are highly marked down.
- When you buy your own gear, you’ll have a lot more time in the shop to try different things and talk to an expert about what is best for you. At a rental store the concern is just to find something the right size and get hold of it so you can begin your day’s activity.
In conclusion, the main reasons to rent are if you are concerned about traveling with your gear, or aren’t certain you’ll want to use it more than once. Otherwise, it is better to own your own things, and save money if you need to by looking at buying second hand.
Today’s feature writer, Ashton Wade, is a professional skier and an active blogger. He is one of the most experienced skiers in Kentucky and likes to share his knowledge through his blogs. He likes to give away his used snowboards, free of cost, to children who want to learn. He feels that one of these children have the potential to become a world champion.