Renting Gear: What You Need To Know
Posted: Friday, November 22, 2013
Planning a ski/snowboard vacation to Whistler should be fun and hassle free. Airline baggage restrictions have a way of taking all the fun out of the planning, though. To help you out, we're going to outline an idea for you: leave your skis/board at home. You could save money and you'll definitely save a headache or two. Plus, think of all the fun new equipment you can demo!
Renting Equipment Might Just Save You Money
We checked out Air Canada, and found things really restrictive. You're allowed one free checked bag, with one additional bag costing you $20 each direction ($40). If you try to bring one more, you'll be charged $100 each direction ($200). You can opt to only bring your skis or boots (each count as one checked bag), but we think it might be worth it to choose to bring, oh, I don't know, clothes. You can rent skis and boots. You can't rent clothes.
Renting a fell set of equipment for 7 days costs $157. Rental gear for any children 12 and under is free at Whistler Blackcomb with each adult rental. So, if you were considering bringing clothes on your trip, and perhaps a few other things, it makes a lot of sense to rent your equipment. A long weekend (3 days) will cost you $78 to rent your gear. If you were able to fit all your stuff in one bag, you could bring your own boots for $40 and rent skis only for $55.
However you slice it, it makes financial sense to rent your gear.
Renting Equipment is Convenient
This might not be true everywhere, but in Whistler Village and the surrounding area, you can't throw a snowball without hitting a rental shop. Whistler Blackcomb alone has 13 shops, located very conveniently near the ski hills. Other rental shops include:
- TMZFreeriderz: These guys have a hard core image, but they do have children's grommers to rent as well as the high performance stuff.
- Spicy Sports: One of the largest selections of rental equipment in the Whistler Valley.
- Summit Sport: Whistler's biggest, friendliest and best-located ski and snowboard shop.
- Affinity Rentals: Will not be beaten on price. Save up to 43% until November 30.
Renting Equipment is Fun
Last, but perhaps not least, don't forget that when you are renting equipment, you are able to match your equipment exactly to the day's weather and conditions. You can try out new equipment and also test your limits. Try out park skis for the day, for example. A huge dump of pow? Get some rockers. You get the idea. Have fun, save money and show your family how to do Whistler in style (without lugging tons of heavy equipment around.)