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Choosing rental skis

post #1 of 9
Thread Starter 

Hi folks,


I'm heading off to Tignes in a few weeks and I need to book my rental skis.  I was about to book a set of intermediates as I did last year, but just wanted to be sure that is the right thing to do.


Prior to last years trip, I have only skiied twice, back in 1994 and 1995.  Last year I seemed to pick it up very quickly and I managed quite well, although sometimes I felt a little lack of control with the skis. redface.gif


Would I be better reverting to beginner skis, or stick with the intermediates and perhaps get a days tuition this time round?


Thanks in advance. smile.gif

post #2 of 9

Will they let you switch them out if you want to change what you're renting?



post #3 of 9

Welcome to Epic.  My guess is that the lack of control you experienced was caused by the boots, which you probably also rented.  Rental boots are almost always too long and too wide.  I wouldn't worry too much about the skis, pay more attention to the boots.  Go to the "Ask the Boot Guys" forum and read the wikis about fitting and terminology so you have a better understanding of how they should fit when you go to get them.

post #4 of 9
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the advice - I'll have a look at the 'Ask the Boot Guys' to glean some knowledge on boots.  Last year they literally asked for my size and handed me a pair of boots! redface.gif

post #5 of 9

By all means, do your best to get well-fitted boots, but if you want to ski fast and feel in control, or carve turns at high angles you should rent a higher level of ski than you are currently thinking about.

post #6 of 9
Originally Posted by Ghost View Post

 if you want to ski fast and feel in control, or carve turns at high angles you should rent a higher level of ski than you are currently thinking about.

Ghost, he"s skied three times in his life... and the first two times don"t really count because of how long ago it was (almost 2 decades). I'm pretty sure 'high speeds' and 'carving at high edge angles' won't be on the agenda for this trip.


OP, yes you should take a lesson. Many parts of ski technique is counter-intuitive. An instructor will help you learn to work with gravity instead of fighting against it, which will allow you to ski longer, make more progress and have more FUN.


post #7 of 9

I agree with what is said above, rental boots almost always fit poorly. They try to make them fit every foot, so they fit nobody's foot.

post #8 of 9

As stated above, the biggest problem with rental boots is that they are almost always too big. So, when they give you a pair of boots based on your shoe size, also ask for the next smaller size. If the smaller size fits, try the next smaller as well. With rentals, you want to get the smallest boot your foot will tolerate. You may also ask if they have a different model/brand as the fit could be quite different between makes


Don't worry too much about the skis themselves - there won't be much difference between a beginner and intermediate rental ski. Spend more time getting boots that fit.


And most of all, take a lesson - even a half-day group lesson can be very beneficial


post #9 of 9

Part of the rental process , is taking your time.  


Often you have to speak up and ask for the better boots or demo boots and not just take what they have for you.  A lot of the shops are time pressed, and the employees are paid hourly, especially if you are renting in the morning and not the previous evening,

So they're not necessarily going to upsell you into the better boots (same goes for skis) even if it is more money for the shop.  

So you have to Ask for the better things, and ask other questions if you are not sure.


As far as skis, it depends on the exact skis they consider beginner/intermediate etc, and the store's rental fleet.  

Do try to get whatever is NEWer as the technology improvement is going to help the most to be the easiest and most fun to ski, that makes as much of a dfference as if the ski is designed for beginner/intermediate/advanced.  


It is like renting a car, you are best off with a new car that has the latest technologies, even if it is a new small economy car(beginner).

Edited by raytseng - 2/17/12 at 12:18pm
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