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Old 08-27-2008, 01:06 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Ski Equipment: Rent or Buy?

Whether you've just started skiing or you've been tearing up the slopes for years, you may be asking yourself, "Should I continue to rent ski equipment, or is it finally time to buy my own?" Good question. There are plenty of advantages to both.

One of the first things to consider before buying new equipment is how many times you expect to ski this season. You're probably better off renting equipment if the answer is fewer than 10 days. Beginners rental packages that include skis, boots, and poles start as low as $25 a day and rarely cost more than $50, even for expensive performance or demo skis. You could rent all your gear for about $175 if you're only going to ski one week this season.

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Old 11-21-2008, 05:40 PM   #2 (permalink)
 
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here is a generic reply I use for this topic

his season, lets say you ski for 14 days (2 separate weeks), then you can rent in Whistler for around $500 including taxes etc... so if you did that for 3 years, then you would have spent $1500, which is about the same as buying (high performance skis/bindings/boots/ski poles) yes you can buy cheaper for second hand / last years model but thats half my point.

In 3 years time you have broken even, and in the meantime you have to worry about maintenance / transporting your skis. you are also now skiing 3 year old skis.

By renting, you get to ski current season models every year, you get to change skis depending on snow conditions (free to change in whistler, maybe not other resorts), you don't have to worry about waxing/edging/base repair. You don't have the hassle of getting skis on and off planes or cars....

Thats if you hire 14 days each season, it takes even longer to break even if you ski less (obviously less time if you ski more... duh)

14 days straight cost around $370

Side note: I DO recommend people buy their own boots - good boots are the most important piece of equipment.
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