Gearing up for the snowy ski season ahead? If you don’t already own your own skis, you might be wondering, should you rent your skis this year or lease to own? Which is the better option? There are a few factors that you should consider before deciding. Let’s take a look…
Almost all ski resorts have a rental shop where you can rent your skis for a day on the slopes. These are usually reasonably priced if you are only skiing for a day or two, but the costs can really add up if you have a longer trip in mind.
Pros: It is quite convenient to be able to show up and grab a pair of skis to rent for the day and get on the slopes. This can be cost-effective if you are only skiing for a day or two, but with lift passes, and food, your costs can get quite high if you don’t have your own gear. Why rent skis when you can lease to own!? (It actually saves you money in the long run!)
Cons: Keep in mind that you might have to wait in long lines to get your skis for the day, and the skis that you get might not be the perfect fit for your size and weight. The rental shop has to use what they have, and you might get older equipment or something that just isn’t quite right. Gear gets used and abused in rental shops, which might not seem like an issue, but if you are new to skiing, using sub-par equipment can really set you back!
Lease to Own
Ok, so we talked about the pros and cons of renting, let’s take a look at lease to own options. Let’s just start by saying, owning your own gear is by far better than renting! We might be a little biased, but there is just something about having gear that is just right for your size and skill level. Having the right gear can make or break a day on the slopes! While you might be able to rent a quality pair of skis at a rental shop, you’ll probably have to pay more for them, which makes it even more worthwhile to purchase your own set of skis! Quality gear is important in any sport, especially so for board/ski sports.
Pros: There is peace of mind in knowing that your skis are ready and waiting for you each season, and you can strengthen your skills as a skier when you have the right equipment. When you lease to own, you can get the exact pair of skis that you want, with the correct specifications based on your height and weight to use whenever your heart desires!
Cons: Owning skis involves upkeep. They need to be cleaned and waxed each season. Are you up for that challenge (or ready to pay someone to do that for you?).
Related Reading: Tips for Waxing Your Skis
Things to Keep in Mind Before Renting or Leasing Skis
- How often will you be on the slopes? Are you planning on just going a few times, or do you have big plans to be a ski bum?
- How serious are you about skiing?
- Do you want skis that fit your height and weight?
- Renting can be fun for someone who only skis a few times a season, but leasing to own is a better option for more serious skiers who go out multiple times a month.
- Weigh the pros and cons of the investment in leasing to own – will you save money leasing as opposed to renting?
- What kind of skiing are you planning on doing? You’ll need different kinds of skis if you are planning on cross country skiing, downhill, or freestyle skiing.
Leasing to Own Skis with 3 Rad Kids
We know that buying a set of skis can be daunting (and expensive) – but it doesn’t have to be! With 3 Rad Kids, we make it easy to get the gear that you want and need! It’s as easy as applying for our easy lease to own program. With our lease to own options, you can look at paying rates as low as $10 a week for a high-quality pair of skis to use next time you’re on the slopes! You’re only as good as your gear, so make sure you get the best pair of skis that you can to really get the most out of your day in the snow! And the best part? You have the flexibility to trade out your gear with the seasons, or as your skill level and needs change!
Quit stalling your progression by using sub-par rental skis. Order the best gear today with our easy to use lease to own program, like these Nordica Enforcer 100 Skis! Order the pair of skis of your dreams and get out there in the sunshine and snow with 3 Rad Kids!
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