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Renting ski clothing

post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 

EpicSki has a new advertiser that I would have thought was a head scratcher a few years ago, but since working at a ski shop at a resort for the past three years, I think its brilliant!

Every day we have someone on vacation coming into the store asking if they can "rent" a jacket or ski pants or both. 

Someone forgot something at home or they live in warm weather and only ski a few days a year so they don't want to buy expensive ski clothing.

 

Another application may be someone who is thinking of a new jacket or pants and wants to try something out before spending the $$ on a purchase. 

 

Soooo, http://getoutfitted.com  is worth a look. 

post #2 of 10
Interesting. I can see how this could work for a trip-a-year skier or perhaps someone traveling by air and wanting to reduce luggage. I looked at the site and the gear offerings are nice and prices seem very reasonable.
post #3 of 10
They do that at the resort here. I've come across the price list at some point.
post #4 of 10

Aah, the stuff gets shipped to wherever the ski vacation is happening.  Then shipped back.  So no need to buy or pack.

 

Seems especially worth considering for families taking a once-a-year ski week who live in warm climates.  Don't have to buy outerwear that kids will outgrow before the next ski trip

post #5 of 10

At Sun Peaks they have rental ski outerwear at the standard ski rental shop. The idea is to have the gear available for skiers flying to the resort when their checked luggage arrives a day or two after they do. This happens a lot with Air Canada.

 

It doesn't matter if you are a skier or not, you can't live in Canada without owning winter clothing so first time skiers usually don't have any extra clothing expenses. It seems unlikely that rental clothing for profit would work as a business model in the Great White North unless we get a big influx of skiers from the southern US.

post #6 of 10
I'm sure that's why they do it here as well.
post #7 of 10
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I think part of the reason this would work great here in Tahoe is because a majority of our skiers are coming in from SanFrancisco or So California.  Those people have no need for cold weather clothing except for their one week a year that they ski. 

Couple that with the whole family thing and you're tickled pink that you don't have to pack all those outfits.  You show up at the condo or hotel and your stuff is waiting for you.  When you're done, you put it back in the box and its shipped back to the outfitters. 

post #8 of 10

There are plenty of folks from the southeast or Texas who take ski vacations in the Rockies.  Presumably some ski enough to make it worth buying ski wear.  But a surprising number book ski trips before they have much skiing experience.  For those with growing kids, being able to rent a package that includes jacket, ski pants, ski gloves, and goggles sounds like a good idea to me.

post #9 of 10
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Originally Posted by DanoT View Post
 

At Sun Peaks they have rental ski outerwear at the standard ski rental shop. The idea is to have the gear available for skiers flying to the resort when their checked luggage arrives a day or two after they do. This happens a lot with Air Canada.

 

I used to work in that shop, and that stuff was NASTY.  It was all old staff uniforms.  By the time it made it into the rental pool it had been worn by snow sports, the lifties, and maintenance.

post #10 of 10

A couple of years ago my son and I hiked the Virgin Narrows from the top. (Highly recommended). We rented canyoneering shoes--very sticky rubber souls for walking on wet rocks, mesh to let the water drain). The Park Service gave us a poop bag with chemicals in it so you could just throw the bag in the trash at the end of the trip. Morning of the second day there was a really, really bad smell coming from our gear when we woke up. I thought--oh no, the poop bag has leaked all over my pack. No--turned out to be the shoes.

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