To enjoy your time on the slopes, you need the right gear. There’s just no way around it. Whether you’re skiing or snowboarding, you need equipment that is comfortable, fits you well and suits your ability level as well as the conditions. If you own all of your own stuff (and are willing to travel with it!), it’s no problem. But, if you need to rent skis, boards, boots, and more, the process can be intimidating. How can you ensure that you’re not only getting the appropriate gear, but also high-quality equipment that’s in great shape? The easiest solution is to turn to hand-selected rental packages from Epic Mountain Rentals.
The Sport, Performance, and Demo packages include premium equipment from top brands, such as Salomon, Rossignol, Head, Burton, Nordica, Volkl, Blizzard, and more. Within each package, there are options for every level, from first-timers to seasoned experts and everyone in between. And for the youngsters, junior packages are perfect for children 12 and younger.
Every snowboard package includes a board, boots, and bindings, and all ski packages include skis, boots, and poles. Of course if you have your own boots, we can fit your bindings to them, but if you need some, Epic Mountain Rentals has nothing but the latest and greatest in comfort and quality from companies like Burton, Head, Norcia, and K2. We also recommend renting a Giro or Burton helmet to protect your noggin!
We understand the intimidation of choosing from so many options –but not to worry – the below guide will get you started, and then the experts at Epic Mountain Rentals finish things off. They’re always ready to make recommendations, answer questions, and offer up suggestions based on your specific needs, since this simply isn’t a one-size-fits-all kind of process.
Sport Package: For First-Timers and Beginners
When you’re first learning how to ski, it’s important to get the hang of controlling your speed and stopping. Being in control keeps you safe and prevents you from colliding with other people on the hill. Sport packages are built for beginners so you can do just that – while learning and turning your way downhill at slower speeds.
The skis and boards in this package are relatively short, making them easier to turn. Plus, they’re stable yet flexible, and very forgiving, so they respond well when you’re moving slowly. When skiing or riding on more forgiving equipment, it’s easier to transition from one edge to another and get a feel for the mountain as you learn the ropes on groomed terrain.
Performance Package: For Intermediates or Beginners Going to the Next Level
When you begin to cleanly carve from side to side rather than slide into each turn, you need a more responsive ski or board. By upgrading your gear, you can continue to improve your technique and progress to the next level. Skis and boards in the Performance Package tend to be stiffer and have sharper edges so they’ll react well and provide stability as you start going faster and leaning into turns.
If you’re ready to explore more of the mountain, the Performance Package is perfect. Equipment in this package will support you as you increase your speed and take on different types of terrain. You’ll be able to handle whatever conditions the mountain throws at you. So whether you want to rip down groomers, carve through trees, float over powder, or master the moguls, the Performance Package has you covered.
Demo Package: For Every Level, Even Experts
If you’re the type of person who loves using the latest and greatest equipment, the Demo Package is perfect regardless of your skill level. You can choose skis and boards for any ability level and terrain and get the same top-quality equipment sold at ski area retail shops from top brands like K2, Burton, Blizzard, Volkl, and Nordica. Our Epic Mountain Rental experts can help you find exactly what you’re looking for to take on the slopes.
The Demo Package is also excellent for avid skiers or riders who own equipment but want to rent state-of-the-art gear at the mountain or try something new and different. It’s the right option if you’re shopping for new gear and want to test things out to make an informed choice.
Maybe you brought your all-mountain skis or board on a trip but arrived at a resort covered in 15 inches of fresh powder. In that case, the Demo Package can get you on some fatter skis quickly so you don’t miss out on all the freshies. There are also options geared toward park riding and race-caliber carving, so if you decide you want to hit the terrain park or sharpen your racing skills, the Demo package can get you dialed in before heading downhill.
Whether you’re a beginner or an expert, the key to having fun is to hit the mountain with the right equipment. It will boost your comfort and confidence so you can free your mind and experience what brings skiers and riders back to the snow year after year.
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