To Hire or To Buy? Which is Best for Ski Gear?
June 8, 2013
It’s a common question asked by skiers of all capabilities. As a beginner, do you need to buy your own gear or can you hire it? You’ve mastered some skills, so is it time to invest in your own kit? You’re a regular skier and frequent the mountains as often as you can, is now the time to spend your savings on some skis you can call ‘mine’?
There is no right answer to these questions – it mainly depends on your own personal choice. While ski hire definitely has its advantages, having your own equipment has its pros too. As a beginner skier, it would probably be advised not to shell out hundreds just yet – after all, if you’ve never been on a slope before, have a go and decide you never want to use a chairlift ever again, what would be the point in wasting all that money? If you have skied several times and can see yourself skiing often over the coming years, now might be the perfect time to buy your own.
Skis, poles and boots don’t come cheap so you need to make sure that the purchase will be a worthy one. If they’re just going to gather dust in the back of your wardrobe and will hardly ever be used, perhaps it’s safe to say that hiring will be the best option for you. If you find yourself spending hefty amounts every ski season on hiring your gear, buying your own would be more of an investment.
Hiring skis can be the ultimate in convenience. You wouldn’t have to lug them around the airport every time you head off on a ski holiday and you can be sure that as times change and skis develop, you’ll always have access to the best, meaning comfort, wearability and technology will always be on your side.
Buying, on the other hand, will mean that they will be fitted perfectly to suit you, your stance, your personal preference and your size. You won’t have to worry about having to make do with what the people in the resort fit to you – you’ll already have your bespoke equipment with you, ready to glide.
Ski hire can be an incredibly useful asset to consider for your upcoming ski holiday. Weigh up the pros and cons and, if you choose to hire, do so in advance to guarantee availability.