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Bring or rent skis for February Beaver Creek ski trip? [beginner/intermediate family, first trip out west]

post #1 of 7
Thread Starter 

Hi,  

 

Have been reading a lot about the so-called powder skis for skiing in the west or Rockies (as opposed to ice in the east coast...) in preparation for our trip to Beaver Creek.  

 

As a first-timer to the Rockies, should we bring or rent skis when we go to Beaver Creek in mid February?  Does it make a difference if we rent regular skis or powder skis based on our individual level?  Does it make a difference for kids (age 11 and 9)?  Would it cost more to rent powder skis?  

 

My kids and my husband are intermediate skiers while I am advanced beginner/light intermediate.

 

Our kids have seasonal rental from local ski shop; we/the adults bought our first sets of skis without skiing or demo'ing them in late 2014 after renting for 2 seasons.  Definitely not top of line or for advanced skiers.

 

I know it's cheaper to bring our own skis, but we have been leaning towards renting in order to simplify packing and what we have to carry.  If it makes sense to rent while in BC, we will just bring our boots.  Otherwise, I will start researching on which ski bags to buy. :D  

 

Thanks.

 

Moderator note: moved to Family Skiing, added info to thread title

post #2 of 7

How many days is everyone going to ski?

 

Find out the math and then decide.

 

Cost of ski (bags) + price to fly each ski bag both ways

 

vs

 

Cost to rent for each person each day (check the BC website) 

 

Find out what the cost difference is.   Then you can decide if it's worth the pain to travel with your skis.

 

Most 'powder' skis will only be available as a demo I believe which costs more than just a basic rental ski would.

 

Nice thing about renting is you can pick a ski for the conditions.    

post #3 of 7

For a family trip, much easier to bring boots and rent skis.  What airline are you flying?  Baggage fees can add up if not flying Southwest or have premium frequent flyer status.

 

When I first took trips out west with my daughter, I was an intermediate.  Did not need powder skis.  Even now as an advanced skier who loves to ski powder, for a 1-week trip I usually only get to rent wide powder skis 1 or 2 days at the most.

 

If you decide to buy ski bags, get two double bags.  Wheels are really nice to have.  Note that if you rent this trip, the bags will go on sale in late season and over the summer.

post #4 of 7

I actually just went through thinking about this myself.  We're heading to Whitefish, MT this winter in March and I unsure whether to bring my sons skis or rent.   We're taking the train, so bringing his skis becomes pretty cheap.  I will need to buy a $20-30 ski bag for sure though if we do.

 

Cost of rental for 3 days:  $90 

Cost of bringing skis:   $30

 

I think for $60 I'll just rent for him.   That way I can get a wider 'soft snow' oriented ski with some rocker than he'll likely enjoy say more than his current 'mid-west ice' skis...

 

I also have to deal with one less bag on the trip this way.   Cabs to the train station, cab once we get there, etc.   It makes the trip easier, minus the trip to the rental shop at the ski hill when we arrive.

post #5 of 7
Thread Starter 

Hi,

 

Thanks for the replies...very helpful as always.  This forum has been a savior for a Type-A person like me.

 

We asked around...7-day rental for family of 4 amount to $700+ in rental fees.  With $700, I think I can buy a couple of nicely padded ski bags with wheels and have them shipped both ways.

 

We will be flying United.  No premier status but my credit card company reimburses baggage fees.  

 

Decision, decision...

post #6 of 7

I added the tag link for Travel Tips under Topics Discussed (right hand column).  Some of those threads are about flying with skis.

 

You might consider asking the question on TheSkiDiva.com since you are a mom.  The Divas may have some general advice about the first trip out west with tweens.

post #7 of 7

Bringing skis might add a little time dealing with baggage claim at the airport and need to ensure they will fit in your rental car.  Renting at the resort or a local shop adds to time spent and logistics AT the ski town filling out forms and adjusting bindings, fitting boots, etc when you could be skiing.  Bring what you have and rent if you decide you want something more powder specific when you are there.

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