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post #1 of 8
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Nolo posted in another thread about accepting a challenge as rank beginners in order to gain empathy. There is no way to regress in time to those ski moments but; how many of us have skied on the "assembly line" gear that the area you teach at rents to the general public?

At the end of last season, I was excited to try out next years GS and when I got to the hill .... no boots in the car. Heck I can get a no charge pair at the rental shop .... I thought!

Try as they might, the kids in the shop tried to get me into a pair of boots but to no avail. Too tight and in screaming pain or horribly loose, nothing in between. I elected not to ski that night, loose boots scare the heck out of me and with my "bad" right foot, I couldn't endure the tight ones.

When we take those lower levels out on the hill in their rental gear, can we identify with what they actually feel? I now have a much higher sense of empathy ... having not been able to ski even a single foot .... much less "walking a mile" in their shoes.
post #2 of 8
I've had the "pleasure" of rental boots on a few occasions when my own shoes were unavailable. The results were ...uh ... "variable." Instructors and PSIA get a lot of criticism, but rental boots are definitely the most challenging part of the beginner experience.
This is one area where the ski industry could learn something from the bowling community.

Regards, John
post #3 of 8
I've been on rental skis, but have used my own boots because of a need for orthotics. Maybe this year I will pull the orthotics out of my boots and stick them into a rental pair. (I'm sure they will skew my opinion though).

Rental skis were quite the trip. I got a pair from a shop at another area when I wanted to try "shaped" skis a few years back. If I had let them guide my decision to purchase a pair I would still be on my old straight Volants. Fortunately, I had the presence of mind to try a demo the next time I went to an area that had them.

I will from time to time take a pair of "shorties" from the rental shop where I work to "mess around". Theses are adult skis, not kid skis. They are fun...as long as I de-burr and wax before I go out.
post #4 of 8
The last time I was in rental boots, there was blood. I've got a bony foot and need to be really desperate before I get in rentals again.

But I have tried our rental skis, blades and our rental snowboards. When we had straight skis in the rental shop, it was pretty bad. Especially so when you had a pair that had been tuned on the concrete pad outside the rental building (we have a dentist on site - supply your own visual). Since we switched to Rossi shaped skis - wow what a hoot! We had Terry Barbour come down for a clinic on how to teach with the "new" skis. That was a real treat.

When I teach a Direct To Parallel clinic, I encourage the staff to go to the rental shop and get 110s-130s. I usually use my blades.

Our rental snowboards are Rossi Accelerators. When we had the reps out to "show us" how they worked, we took a fun run off the top. When they saw I had my own OSin boots (no highback) on the rental board (no highback), they laughed and said "you don't really want to do that". Nonetheless, we all ripped down the hill. I was impressed with what they could do with such a low end board. They were impressed that I could keep up without getting killed. But I'm not going to do that again.
post #5 of 8
I don't know about rental boots. I haven't tried them but I suspect they are disgusting. Rental skis, on the other hand can be a lot of fun, as long as you don't try to get out of them more than they can deliver. We used to check out rental skis in the Spring to go tree skiing. The shorties are great for threading between the trees. It seemed to me that they were very good for entry level skiing. I used to teach the lower level lessons on a similar pair that I won in a beer race. They were also a lot of fun in monster moguls, I guess I am in disagreement with some others here. The modern rental skis, if they are reasonably maintained are actually very good, in my opinion.
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...I guess I am in disagreement with some others here. The modern rental skis, if they are reasonably maintained are actually very good, in my opinion.
You may want to read again, because I think even I said that in the end of my post. The "rental ski" has come a long way! I like taking out a 120cm or a 130 cm to play on it from time to time.
post #7 of 8
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...I guess I am in disagreement with some others here. The modern rental skis, if they are reasonably maintained are actually very good, in my opinion.
You may want to read again, because I think even I said that in the end of my post. The "rental ski" has come a long way! I like taking out a 120cm or a 130 cm to play on it from time to time.
post #8 of 8
We have about 3500 pr. of current shaped skis/boot system with about another 500 pr of performance ski/boots. I don`t know what % is replaced every year, but the shop is adding new/replacing equip every season.

Point: Before the change over to contemporary equip. , every staff member cliniced on rental equip. It wasn`t a picnic.
A big adjustment--certainly gave me an awarenes of what the customer faces.
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