When you decide to hit the slopes, know that Oregon ski rentals are available at most mountain resorts. However, there are some things you should consider before splurging on those skis or paying that premium fee for something that they claim is extra special.

How to Save Money on Oregon Ski Rentals

When you know you’re going skiing, don’t wait until the last minute to rent your stuff. Plan ahead, and book in advance. Often times you will save a significant chunk of money. In fact, book with us and you can save up to 20 percent. Book online and you can just swing by and get your gear on your way to the slopes. This also means that you can do your research and get the best deal from the rental location.

Don’t always rent from the resort. Resorts charge more because they know that once you’re there, you just want to get out onto the slopes. There are usually companies in nearby towns that are more than happy to rent to you for a few dollars less. Sure it’s only a few bucks, but tally that up for over a week and you’ve saved more than a bit. As an example, Mount Bachelor will rent a full package (skis, boots, and poles) for only $24/day. In nearby Eugene, Bergs will rent to you the same package for $15 for the first day and $5 for each additional day. In a 7-day trip, you saved $104. Of course, you need to make sure you have room in your car for the equipment. However, if you’re flying in, ponying up the additional $10/day to upgrade your rental will still save you money in the long run.

Equipment Differences for Oregon Ski Rentals

Honestly, is there a real difference between the gear they sell on the slopes and the gear you can get in nearby towns? The quality for rentals is pretty much the same, and if you don’t own your own gear, then you probably won’t even notice the difference. Most skiers are happy to ride on rentals, and purchase their own boots and helmet first.

Speaking of helmets, you definitely should consider purchasing one rather than renting. A helmet rental may only cost a few bucks a day, but consider that it’s been on someone else’s head. Quite a few someone else’s, actually. And the rental companies don’t change out the foam inserts, so that foam has just been soaking up other people’s head sweat. Yes, the helmets are disinfected, but still. A good ski helmet will cost about $50, which if you go skiing more than twice in a season, pays for itself.

Here are a few of the places where you can find rentals when you’re in Oregon:

Berg’s Snow Sport Specialists

Oakridge Bike Shop

Meadowlark Ski & Snowboard

Sunriver Sports

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