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Rental/Demo skis at Alta?

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I am traveling to Alta for a 4 day weekend and only have really heavy, racing skis at home. I could take these, but am a pretty skilled skier and plan on going into the back country and side-country areas. I have been out west multiple times and am able to do these safely. Is it easy to demo skis at Alta? Or rent? Also, if renting, are the skis good quality? I want to be able to use good quality skis for the time I am there. 

 

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There are several shops at Alta that rent/demo -- the demos are good quality and (IMO) maintained pretty well.  I would stay away from the 'general rental' skis.  The biggest issue is that you may not get the ski you want, in the size you want, when you want it -- but this is a problem with any demo shop, I guess.  The nice thing is that it is easy to swap out skis over the course of the day.

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There are also tons of shops in SLC/Sandy/Midvale area with likely about every kind of ski you can imagine. They will be cheaper in town.

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Originally Posted by luckedogski View Post
 

I am traveling to Alta for a 4 day weekend and only have really heavy, racing skis at home. I could take these, but am a pretty skilled skier and plan on going into the back country and side-country areas. I have been out west multiple times and am able to do these safely. Is it easy to demo skis at Alta? Or rent? Also, if renting, are the skis good quality? I want to be able to use good quality skis for the time I am there. 

 

You could call the Alta shops and see if they will reserve something for you.  It's fair to say that if you are lucky and arrive just after a powder storm, the powder skis may well be scarce. 

post #5 of 5
I would suggest renting skis at alta. for two reasons: 1. If you're like most people, you may find you picked a ski you're not quite happy with. The shops right at the base have great selections of blizzards, Heads, line, atomic, rossignols, nordica, etc... And you'll have lots to choose from... And the location makes switching out a piece of cake. 2. Prices are quite fair - about 55$. Half day rentals are about $35.

I have rented many times from the shops there and they are great. I find renting at shops before you head up the Mtn is roughly the same cost - at least for the newer nicer gear. Best....
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