Good news: The ski rental experience of your childhood is officially a thing of the past. Gone are the days when you’d have to arrive at the rental shop super early to wait in long, stuffy lines. No more squeezing into uncomfortable boots that have seen better decades.
Epic Mountain Rentals has taken the headache out of renting ski and snowboard equipment. With more than 100 locations in and around premier ski resorts, it’s the largest rental supplier in North America. Its complimentary delivery service makes it easier than ever to skip the rental shop and ski on expertly-selected gear from top brands based on your ability level and current conditions. Here’s everything you should know about complimentary delivery.
You can choose from a vast selection of high-quality rental gear, so no more ill-fitting boots that cause painful blisters. When you reserve your equipment, you can expect expert picks from brands like Salomon, Burton, K2, Volkl, and more, all in a variety of sizes and styles. If you have no clue about what you need, the expert fitters from the delivery team will be able to answer any questions you have and get you set up on the equipment that’s right for your ability.
In addition, rental packages are available in several configurations. Do you just need boots? No problem. Maybe you only want to rent skis or a snowboard. That’s fine too. Or, perhaps you need all of the essentials to hit the slopes. If you’re an experienced skier or snowboarder and you want to test the latest and greatest, rent a Demo package and see how the gear fits and feels.
Delivery to Your Door
Many resorts in the United States and Canada provide the option of having your ski or snowboard rental package delivered right to your lodging—even if you are staying off-resort—and personally fit by experts. This option is available at Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Crested Butte, Heavenly, Keystone, Northstar, Park City, Telluride, Vail, and Whistler Blackcomb. Getting gear delivered really adds value to your vacation by saving you the time otherwise spent standing in lines at the shop and it gives you flexibility to get on and off the mountain whenever you feel like it—go grab first chair.
If you are staying at a resort that doesn’t have delivery, find a rental shop in your hotel or close to your lodging and pick up the day before—anytime after 3 PM—so you can get first chair with no worries. You still get access to the expert fitters as well, just in a shop setting instead of your living room.
Professional Fitting at Your Room or Condo
When you choose the delivery option for your rental equipment, you also get a professional quality fitting in the comfort of your hotel room or condo. Choose a time for someone to come directly to you and they’ll ensure you have the correct fit for your foot size and ability level. Your expert fitter will get your bindings on the right DIN setting and ensure your helmet fits properly.
You can sit back, relax while they bring the gear to you—maximizing your vacation time. In addition, your expert fitter can answer questions about best runs, where to eat, popular spots to grab drinks, and what’s fun for kids. It’s like having a personal consultation with a local concierge while getting your expert fit.
Pro tip: If you choose a fitting time after 3 PM the day before you plan to begin skiing, you won’t be charged for your rental that day.
No Need to Schlep Gear
Tromping down a flight of stairs or squeezing into an elevator while lugging skis or a snowboard, poles, boots, and a helmet can be a challenge, add in a couple of kids and it’s a bit of a nightmare. Then you still have to haul it all across the parking area—the least fun part of a day on the slopes. Fortunately, renting gear and scheduling a delivery service eliminates that burden.
Pro tip: Most stores usually have some sort of day and overnight storage option at the rental shop and some spots even have on-snow valet.
An Affordable Option
Having your gear delivered is not only super convenient but also very affordable. In fact, it’s free. There’s no charge for the delivery option, and there are no hidden fees. When you reserve your equipment online, you’ll also receive up to a 20% discount on the cost of your rental.
One of the biggest benefits of renting gear is that you can swap out your equipment partway through the day if it isn’t working for you or conditions change. This benefit ensures you’re on the right gear with the right fit at all times, and if you’re not, you can change it. Each of the ten resorts that offer rental delivery has at least one on-site rental shop where you can stop in after a few runs and exchange items that aren’t meeting your needs. You can swap your kids’ gear too. If something is uncomfortable or not riding well, change it out rather than have the little ones get frustrated and beg to head into the lodge early because they are done.
With on-snow valet, delivery to your door, and experts answering your every question, there’s no doubt that the efficiency and ease of rentals these days increases your time on the slopes. The more time on the mountain, the better the trip. What are you waiting for? Book that trip, rent that gear, schedule that delivery, and get yourself out into the powder ASAP.
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