28 November 2012 from Nikki in 'Equipment'' | 4 Comments

Does this question cross your mind every year when booking your ski holiday? There is no right answer as, to be honest, both options have advantages and disadvantages.

The choice depends on how often you ski, your level and style of skiing and of course; your mode of transport, etc... We’ve put together a list of pros and cons to help you decide…

Renting equipment


- You won’t have transport issues such as the high costs charged by some airlines;
- You don’t have any maintenance to do – just leave it to the professionals;
- You can choose new equipment every time allowing you to test the latest gear;
- You can hire skis or snowboards adapted to the particular snow conditions during your stay;
- Often ski hire shops have lockers where you can leave equipment overnight so no lugging heavy skis back to your accommodation – a big plus when skiing with young children!
- If you’re not satisfied or you have a technical problem, you just have to pop into your ski hire shop to sort out the problem.
- Ski hire shops are also generally very flexible and will allow you to interchange between skis, snowboard or other equipment during your stay.


- Some ski hire shops will try to give you low quality equipment, especially if you’re a beginner - so be demanding and if you’re not happy, go elsewhere!
- Long queues in the ski hire shops especially during school holiday periods;
- Each time you go skiing, you have to get used to new equipment which for less skilled skiers, is a little unnerving!



Buying equipment


- No waiting around in ski hire shops – you can be first on the slopes on your first morning;
- You choose exactly the type of skis or snowboard you want; you have no obligation to take what’s left or accept low quality equipment;
- You progress quicker as you do not have the adaptation period needed with rented equipment;


- You have to deal with transport issues and costs;
- It’s up to you to keep your equipment in good condition – this can be costly and time-consuming but is essential;
- You need to have space at home to store equipment ;
- Like a lot of high-tech equipment these days, your skis and snowboard will soon be outdated;
- If you have a technical problem or damages during your stay, you have to pay to sort the problem out!

Get up to 40% off your ski hire

If you’ve decided to rent this year then check out prices via our new partner Snowell on our website and pre-booked equipment online – one less thing to think about!

Happy ski holidays!


from Christine on 12 February

very useful info thanks

from Nihar Sharma on 28 January

Very nice article about ski equipment buying and renting. The post describes all the pros and cons and it is very helpful for beginners and for all the people who are going for skiing want to buy ski equipment. Once I have visited Aspen and I have made my all shopping from www.hamiltonsports.com at very competitive price. And I have very good experience with Hamilton Sports.

from Hari Rana on 19 February

Nice article. if any one would like to know more about ski clothes may go here: http://www.geartrade.com Thanks

from Jonathan on 1 November

Thinking of buying? Boots first for skiers. Most places you can hire reasonable skis, but finding a comfy, well fitting, pair of boots can be more of a challenge. They don't have the same transport cons, and you can speed the journey through the hire shop considerably. A good pair of boots will also keep you warmer. And finally, a good pair of boots will help your skiing.

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Being lucky enough to have parents who were crazy about skiing, my love for the mountains started when I was 4 years old on our first family ski holiday to Austrian ski resort of Obergurl. One ski holiday a year was never enough and tears rolled down my face as I looked out the back window of the car on the drive down the valley on the way home!

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