EpicSki › The Barking Bear Forums › On the Snow (Skiing Forums) › Ski Gear Discussion › Need a ski rental suggestion for Lake Tahoe!
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

Need a ski rental suggestion for Lake Tahoe!

post #1 of 11
Thread Starter 

I'm 6'0", 170 pounds and an intermediate skier. I have only ever skied in the east but will be making my first foray to Heavenly in a couple of weeks. I'm looking to begin skiing more regularly this winter and hope to try out several different rental models, with the intention of making a purchase in the spring.

 

Right now, I'm looking to choose the right rentals to maximize my experience at Heavenly. I will be renting from https://www.tahoepowderhouse.com/rentals/index.php?ratecat=all due to the convenience of their location, and love that they allow you to pick out exactly which skis you want to rent online. I think I would do well with something in the $32-39 range, but the selection there is a bit overwhelming.

 

I would classify myself as somewhere right in the middle of the intermediate range, comfortable on all blues back east and the easier blacks. I've gotten decent at carving my turns on the easier blues, but tend to skid-turn on steeper runs. I love maximizing my speed on the blues and rarely feel out of control doing so. On my last big trip (Mont Tremblant last winter), I rented Salomon X-Wing 500s and liked them, though they didn't really stand out to me. I've been thinking about trying K2 Apache Recons at Heavenly due to the great reviews I've seen, but worry that they may be unnecessarily advanced for my needs.

 

I plan to ski mostly on piste in Tahoe but would love to go off a little bit, especially if there is significant powder on the mountain -- a new experience for me. I have some basic experience off piste, but not a ton. Jumps/tricks don't really interest me.

 

At any rate, I'm looking for advice on what skis might work best for me, preferably in the offerings of the rental shop I linked to above. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

post #2 of 11

With the current snow conditions, I would get a front side ski like an AMP Rictor or an AMP Impact in a 174.  California is having a dry spell currently, you won't be doing any off trail skiing.

 

The Rictor and Impact replaced the Apache Recon.  The Rictor has metal for increased stability.  The Impact has the same shape as the Impact, but it does not have metal.  It is a snappy ski.

 

I also noticed that Powderhouse has the Volkl AC30 as a demo rental.  That would not be a bad ski either.

 

Dennis

 

PS:  Give my regards to Levi at the Powderhouse.

post #3 of 11
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the insight. Those are a little more expensive than the range I'm looking to ski...if they're more advanced versions of the Recon, would I be good to go with the Recon then? Or should I be looking to a different class altogether?

post #4 of 11

Denny is steering you right. Not to be smart but you are coming out here to ski, right? You are coming from the east and very well spending well into the "4-figure$" for a SKI vacation and you are quibbling over a few dollars, very well a few dollars that will make you skiing experience MUCH better? . 

post #5 of 11

I agree with Phil and also +1 on the Rictor's or AC30's out of that list, but I do think $70/day is a bit steep for those ski's--they are charging demo prices for an intermediate level ski.  Does that even include boots?

 

Shop around, IMO.

post #6 of 11
Quote:
Originally Posted by lovethesteeps View Post

I agree with Phil and also +1 on the Rictor's or AC30's out of that list, but I do think $70/day is a bit steep for those ski's--they are charging demo prices for an intermediate level ski.  Does that even include boots?

 

Shop around, IMO.



 

 

I would imagine the $70.00 would include boots. If not, I would be glad to hand deliver a pristinely prepped and tuned ski Rictor to you for $65.00/day.  (cash please) biggrin.gif

post #7 of 11

Maybe a mountain bike would be a better bet? Just kidding (hopefully); I just hear there isn't any snow.  Tons of California skiers up here enjoying our "massive" 38" base right now. 

post #8 of 11

If you want to reserve skis at Heavenly, you can go to the www.rentskis.com site.  Just navigate it until you get to the Heavenly rentals page.  The prices are less expensive.

 

Dennis

post #9 of 11
Quote:
Originally Posted by Denny1969 View Post

If you want to reserve skis at Heavenly, you can go to the www.rentskis.com site.  Just navigate it until you get to the Heavenly rentals page.  The prices are less expensive.

 

Dennis



Dang, that still costs a ton! We have really nice gear, and get $30 1st day, $25 each additional day. If the "standard" (non holiday) rate is $37, then they get $46/day on the hill!  Somebody is making a killing, or maybe it just costs more to do business in Tahoe.  

post #10 of 11
Quote:
Originally Posted by dawgcatching View Post



Dang, that still costs a ton! We have really nice gear, and get $30 1st day, $25 each additional day. If the "standard" (non holiday) rate is $37, then they get $46/day on the hill!  Somebody is making a killing, or maybe it just costs more to do business in Tahoe.  



So, there you have it. 

post #11 of 11

At this point, even in 2weeks, off-piste means you switch out to your mountain bike.  

 

How fit are you?  do you really push every turn to exert yourself?  If so then go give the Rictors a try.  Otherwise the Impact is the entrier level, so should be easier to flex, and you won't need to work it as hard to turn.  If you play golf it is like getting the correct shaft stiffness, stiffer is not necessarily better, it needs to match your swing.

 

I would say rent on the mountain-especially if you want to try different skis out.  Maybe more convenient.  It won't actually be that much more expensive compared to powderhouse...

And by the way, do not forgo the usually small insurance fee.  The snow is abrasive and there will be thin cover.  The last thing you want to be on the hook for equipment repair. 

4days of skiing I did 3weeks ago equalled about 20days of skiing wear on a regular fully open snowpack I did last season.

 

 

 

New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Ski Gear Discussion
EpicSki › The Barking Bear Forums › On the Snow (Skiing Forums) › Ski Gear Discussion › Need a ski rental suggestion for Lake Tahoe!