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Was interested to see that it's possible to rent clothing and accessories at Cardrona in New Zealand.  Not only jackets and ski pants, but also goggles.  Also possible to "rent" gloves that you get to keep.  I'm used to places providing rental helmets, but not the other items.  Wondering what other ski resorts do clothing rental.  Are there any in North America?  Europe?  Australia?

 

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I've found it pretty common rather than the exception that most places that rent skis will also rent you pants/jackets helmet.  Why not take the opportunity to make a few more $ if you're in the rental business anyway.

 

The smaller items of goggles and gloves that are more prone to wear and loss that you might not want to get into the rental business for those items, as you'll anger your customers when you have to tack on charges for damage and loss.

 

For these, I've seen they may just have a loaner box or a hook that if people really want they you can just borrow from if they don't want to buy and don't have their own.  So they're loaned out for free.  But you get what you pay for like only having scratched up  high yellow and clear lens goggles even though it's a bluebird day.

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I've found it pretty common rather than the exception that most places that rent skis will also rent you pants/jackets helmet.  Why not take the opportunity to make a few more $ if you're in the rental business anyway.

 

For the smaller items of goggles and gloves that are more prone to wear and damage.  They may just have a loaner box or a hook that you can just borrow from if you don't want to buy and don't have your own; and they may loan those out for free if you want it.  But you get what you pay for like a high yellow and clear lens even though it's a bluebird day.


Are you talking about the Tahoe area?  Or in the Rockies in general?  By the time I started going out west with my daughter, we owned all the needed clothing and accessories.

 

Looks like there is at least one ski shop in the NC mountains that rents jackets and/or bibs.

 

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Every place i've skied, So North America at any ski  area that has big enough ski tourism to support multitude of ski shops and a "village".

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They used to rent clothing here for times where the plane lost your luggage, but I can't find anything about that on their site these days. It might not be available anymore.
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Every place i've skied, So North America at any ski  area that has big enough ski tourism to support multitude of ski shops and a "village".


Interesting.  I'll pay a little more attention next season.  Mostly because every so often a beginner asks about what jacket and pants to buy.  I can imagine situations where renting for the first ski trip would make more sense.  Especially if parents who live in a warm place are taking kids for the first time.

 

Discovered a relatively new online ski clothing rental service that's based in Stowe.  Kit Lender started in 2014.  The founder of Kit Lender grew up in VT.  Got the idea because he was taking friends from NYC to ski in recent years.

 

Interview with Forrest Shinners in March 2015

https://psmag.com/how-do-you-make-a-living-ski-gear-lender-aa0f37050f79#.kvf9l0yom

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This company ships rental clothing all over, pretty great idea: 

 

http://kitlender.com/?gclid=CJnkkJvglM0CFYo2gQodoc8Guw

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Crystal Mountain in WA rents jacks and/or ski pants for adults.

 

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Loveland rents whatever you need: http://skiloveland.com/rentals-lessons/clothing-rentals/


Sounds like a good idea for folks who need to be in Denver for a business trip and can squeeze in a ski day.  Only need to pack small stuff like socks and carry on boots.

 

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Several places to rent in CO. I think in Sep. 5280 publishes the skiing related stuff like that. WP/MJ does. Vail has it share of places too.
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Several places to rent in CO. I think in Sep. 5280 publishes the skiing related stuff like that. WP/MJ does. Vail has it share of places too.


For those of us who don't get to CO that often, what is "5280"?

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For those of us who don't get to CO that often, what is "5280"?

 

5280 is Denver's elevation, i.e. a mile high :)

 

It's also a popular local magazine that covers restaurants, culture, travel, and outdoor stuff in CO. 

 

Regarding clothing rentals, I had good luck in Europe with just about every place offering them.

 

Someone already mentioned KitLender. Here's a 5280 article on it. 

 

http://www.5280.com/travelandoutdoors/digital/2015/01/5-places-rent-your-ski-wear

 

I can see how the online stuff makes sense if you go on one ski trip per year or something like that. 

 

REI and mom and pop shops are options too. 

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Interesting.  I'll pay a little more attention next season.  Mostly because every so often a beginner asks about what jacket and pants to buy.  I can imagine situations where renting for the first ski trip would make more sense.  Especially if parents who live in a warm place are taking kids for the first time.

 

Discovered a relatively new online ski clothing rental service that's based in Stowe.  Kit Lender started in 2014.  The founder of Kit Lender grew up in VT.  Got the idea because he was taking friends from NYC to ski in recent years.

 

Interview with Forrest Shinners in March 2015

https://psmag.com/how-do-you-make-a-living-ski-gear-lender-aa0f37050f79#.kvf9l0yom

 

Its funny, because I was thinking to myself "we sure as heck don't have any place like that in Stowe!" Turns out we do. To expand on that, the founder is the son of the people who own AJ's in Stowe, which is the biggest ski shop in town. His father is co-owner/ operator of Kit Lender. I'm wondering if they cut a deal if you're in Stowe, since you don't have to ship. 

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@marznc sorry for the late response.  scfiore covered it.

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@marznc sorry for the late response.  scfiore covered it.


No problem.  Part of what I do around here is ask questions that a lurker might be wondering.  And to satisfy my own curiosity. :)

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