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 fits you well and suits your ability level. If you own all of your own stuff, it’s no problem. But, what if you need to rent skis, boards, boots, and more? How can you ensure that you’re not only getting the appropriate gear, but also high-quality equipment that’s in good shape? The easiest solution is to choose one of the specialized 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 others. Within the packages there are options for all levels, from first-timers to seasoned experts and everyone in between. Junior packages are perfect for children 12 and younger.
All of the collections include boards and bindings, or skis and lightweight, carbon fiber poles. You also have the option to rent boots from high-quality manufacturers like Burton, Head, Norcia, and K2 and a helmet from standout companies like Giro and Burton.
With so many options, you might need help choosing what’s right for you. Here’s a guide to get you started. No matter your choice, the experts at all Epic Mountain Rentals locations can help you out with any questions you have.
Sport Package: For First-Timers and Beginners
When you’re first learning to ski, it’s crucial to develop your ability to make turns so that you can control your speed and stop. Being in control keeps you safe and prevents you from colliding with other people on the hill. Built for beginners, the Sport Package has equipment that addresses these concerns.
The skis and boards in this package are relatively short, so they’re easier to turn. Plus, they’re stable, yet flexible, and very forgiving, so they respond well when a person is moving slowly. These qualities make them ideal if you’re learning the ropes on groomed terrain.
When you have forgiving equipment, it’s much easier to make your skis more parallel during turns or link the heel and toe edges when turning on a snowboard.
Performance Package: For Intermediates or Beginners Going to the Next Level
When you begin to carve turns cleanly, rather than skid into them, you need a more responsive ski or board. By upgrading your gear, you can continue to improve your technique. The skis in the Performance Package tend to be stiffer and have sharper edges so they’ll react well and provide stability as you aggressively apply more force at higher speeds.
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 tackle different types of terrain. You can get a variety of models with different shapes and sizes to handle all kinds of conditions as well. Whether you want to float through powder, carve down steep runs, or make quick turns on moguls this gear will suit.
Demo Package: For Beginners to Experts
If you’re the type of person who loves using the latest and greatest equipment, the Demo Package is perfect no matter 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—K2, Blizzard, Volkl, and Nordica, as well as four or five men’s and women’s options from Burton’s elite snowboard fleet.
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 also the right option if you’re shopping for new gear and want to test things to make an informed choice.
Maybe you brought your all-mountain skis 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 you can do it on the right gear.
A huge bonus of the Demo Package is that, throughout your rental, you can trade out as many models as you want for free so that you can sample a variety of styles and sizes.
You can now affordably and effortlessly set yourself up with top-notch gear that matches your abilities, the terrain you want to ski, and the conditions you will encounter. 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 the bliss that brings skiers and riders back to the snow year after year.
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