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Ski Rental Advice

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Be honest about your ability
When you rent skis there should be a good choice of different standards and categories, at varying prices.

Beginner and intermediate skis are easy turning, mountain cruisers or piste carvers and nearly always the cheapest option.

Advanced and expert skis tend to be performance carving skis, freeride skis or race skis and this is reflected in the cost.

Make sure you give the shop staff as much information as you can about your ability and the type of skiing you like to do. Don't overestimate. Feel free to ask your instructor for advice.
 

Bindings
Your weight, your ability, any injuries that you may have had and the type of skiing you intend to do should all be taken into consideration. A good shop will automatically ask these questions.
 

Booking in advance
During the school holidays and peak season, the choice of rental skis may be limited, especially in some lengths.

If you want a particular model, it may be possible to book ahead. Use our Snowrental service and you could also save money!
 

Paying
Remember to take your credit card. This will be used to take a deposit for the equipment you rent.

Make sure you have a high enough limit to cover all your holiday expenses.
 
 
Length - shorter is easier
With the revolution in carving, skis are now much shorter. As a general guideline, the ski tip should come somewhere between your nose and your forehead.

Ability, size, weight and what you want to do must also be considered.
 

Condition
Check the edges are smooth and the bases not dry. If you're unhappy with your skis at any point or you feel they need waxing, go back to the shop.

Remember rental skis are not 'rock bashers', so look after them.
 

Don't lose your skis
Remember what they look like and, if possible, memorise the serial number that is usually engraved on the front.
 

Insurance
Skis do get stolen and edges still get blown out even when the conditions are good so check your travel insurance to see if it covers theft and damage of rental skis.

If you're not covered, check to see if the shop has its own insurance and what it covers.