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For people who are ready to go skiing, you may like to consider renting skis for your trip. First time skiers and younger skiers should definitely consider renting before deciding to buy, in case they decide to give up the sport after a few tries. If you do decide to rent your skis, it is always a smart decision to rent the skis from an off-mountain rental shop. This is because shop owners at the mountains recognize that you have no other options other than to rent from them once you are on the mountain, so they skyrocket their prices. Most mountains will offer a basic adult package of skis, boots, and poles (per day) for around $30. Better skis will be priced around $40 per day.
Of course, skiers should realize that rented skis last a day, while bought skis last many seasons. If a skier is planning multiple ski outings yearly, it is a much better idea to buy their skis. Likewise, in a family with multiple children, skis can be passed down because nobody needs the “best” skis to be good at the sport – skill comes from the skier. It should be noted that each year, popular skis come out with a new model each year. These new models have exactly the same build as all of the other models; the only difference is the artwork on top. Purchasing previous models can save you up to $200, enough to get yourself a new ski jacket and gloves. Lastly, ski equipment should be purchased well in advance to the ski season around early spring. This is because ski shops will be trying to entirely clear out their inventory – meaning huge discounts for the buyers. It’s a lot like buying bathing suits in mid winter.
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