It’s a given that all four resorts in the state offer their own rentals. Virginia ski rentals are a great way for the resorts to bring in a few extra bucks, while also offering guests an added measure of convenience and luxury. However, before you plunk down your credit card at the resort rental desk, there are some things you should know.

Saving Money on Your Virginia Ski Rentals

One of the best ways to save money when it comes Virginia ski rentals is to plan ahead. Booking in advance will save you a significant amount of money. Let us help you with your ski rental needs. We have relationships with many rental outlets and can save you up to 20 percent. Making your reservation online is a huge time-saver, but it’s also important for peace of mind. You won’t have to worry that the rental outlet has nothing left in your style or size.

If you have the vehicle for it, another way to save money is to avoid renting from the resort. In most cases, you’re going to pay more at the resort because they have you as a captive audience. After all, you’re there, you just want to get out and hit the slopes. If you’re driving in from Washington D.C. or the airport at Richmond, you can save yourself more than a few bucks by hitting a ski equipment rental on the way. For example, an all-day rental at Massanutten for an adult will set you back $45 during peak season. During the early/late season, the rental is still $36 for an all-day rental. Compare this to the Powder Shack in nearby McGaheysville, which is about 4 miles from the slopes. A one-day rental costs $19.99, with a built in discount the longer you need them: $50/3 days and $90/7 days. If you are hitting Massanutten for a weeklong ski-cation, you can save $225 just by renting offsite. It goes without saying that you want to reserve your rentals as early as you can, because the equipment goes fast.

Resort vs. Ski Shop Rentals: Equipment Differences

In very rare cases, higher-end resorts may stock gear that has one of the latest skiing innovations. But if you’re like most who rent their gear, you probably don’t know the difference between a sintered base and an extruded base. (Sintered bases are better because they hold wax better, thus making them faster.) This isn’t a bad thing. It just means you aren’t bogged down in the minutia and don’t mind if you’re missing a few mph. And really, whether you’re going 35 or 40 mph, it’s still a blast. The quality of the equipment is going to be much the same, whether you rent at a shop or at the resort, but it’s going to be cheaper offsite.

If you’re looking to rent when you’re in Virginia, here’s a few places that have great deals. As always, let us help you so we can get you that 20% discount.

Virginia Ski Rentals

Powder Shack

Pro-Fit Ski & Mountain Sports

The Ski Barn

The Ski Center

Back Country Ski and Sport

Village Skis & Bikes

Elk River Snowboard and Ski