You’re organizing a short vacation to a winter resort. You’re eyeing up the slopes and preparing to try snowboarding for the first time, but you know that you’ll probably never do it again once you return home.
It would be a waste to buy a brand-new board, and it’ll probably end up gathering dust in your basement along with the electric guitar and beer-brewing kit. In such cases, a snowboard rental makes perfect sense.
It’s cheap, easy, and it means that you can ride a higher-quality board for less money. But how much is a snowboard rental, what are the rules on rental equipment, and is it a viable option for beginners?
Snowboard Rental Costs
The price of a snowboard rental can vary depending on the type of board, the rental packages on offer, and the location of the rental shop or resort.
Generally, however, you will pay anywhere from $20 to $50 a day for a beginner rental package.
Some of these packages include additional snowboarding/skiing equipment, including boots, poles, bindings, and even lessons.
Additional Snowboard Rental Equipment
In addition to the basics, including snowboard boots and a board, many ski and snowboard resorts offer add-ons such as helmets, pants, snowboarding lessons, and more.
All of these things should be considered if you’re a beginner. You will need boots, pants, a jacket, a helmet, and other gear. This equipment will keep you warm, dry, and protected, and if you have to buy them, you could find yourself seriously out of pocket.
Paying $10 per day for a single item might sound like a lot of money, especially if the total rental package climbs above $70 a day, but it’s still the more cost-effective option when you’re only on the slopes for a few days.
What You Need to Know About Ski/Snowboard Rentals
Before you rent any equipment, make sure you have answers to all of the following questions about ski and snowboard rental equipment:
- What is the overall cost and are there any hidden fees?
- Do I get any freebies (including day tickets)?
- Is it cheaper to use a la carte rentals or rental packages?
- Do I need all of the items or can I save money by reducing a few options?
- What are the rules about damaged items?
- How long do I have before I need to return the items to the rental shop?
- Do they have clothes and accessories in my size?
- Am I getting high-quality equipment or am I overpaying for budget gear?
Contact the rental company to enquire about ski and snowboard rentals and make sure you weigh up the pros and cons before you commit.