Re-Think Owning Ski Gear – Rent the Ski Clothes You Need

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Re-Think Owning Ski Gear – Rent the Ski Clothes You Need

About a month ago we were contacted by a mother in a family of 4 through our chat bot on our site (we love when customers connect with us through the chat bot by the way).  She was planning a trip for her family at Copper Mountain coming up this February.  They currently live just outside of Dallas, TX.  For the purposes of anonymity, I’ll refer to them from here on out as the “Smiths”. 

I’m also a parent in a family of 4 so I know first hand how expensive 3-4 days on the mountain can be.  Really, its precisely because of this expense that we started this business.  We were really looking for a way to make outdoor experiences (that require a lot of specific gear) possible for people.  We love the idea of getting families together, outdoors, creating new memories. 

So, I thought I’d run through the expense categories you’ll need to consider if you’re an out-of-town, family of 4 heading to the mountains this winter: 

  • Plane Tickets
  • Lodging
  • Lift Tickets (don’t forget baggage fees on certain airlines!)
  • Equipment Rental (Skis/snowboard, poles, helmets, boots)
  • Ski School Lessons (on a 4-day trip I’d recommend getting the kiddos in lessons for at least 1, maybe 2 of the days)
  • Rental Car (I’d suggest an SUV, you never know how the roads will be between the airport and your base camp in the mountains)
  • Meals (if you’re staying in a place with a kitchen, preparing your own meals can save you quite a bit of cash and you can even take sandwiches to the slopes with you)

All of those categories can certainly add up, but some truly tough to swallow expenses the Smiths had a hard time justifying was all the outdoor gear they’d need.  I say tough to justify because the Smiths don’t really have good reason to own snow gear.  Case in point, since they are from Dallas they didn’t already own good snow gear.  Secondly, since they didn’t already own good snow gear, I’m guessing the Smiths really aren’t committed to being a “skiing family”, which means this trip is probably a trial trip to see if they even like skiing.

Here are some other considerations the Smiths were contemplating: (1) their kids are still growing and the likelihood any gear they bought for their kids would still fit the next time (if there is a next time) they planned a ski trip is slim to none and (2) they booked reasonably priced tickets on Delta, but Delta charges $25 for your first checked bag (each way).  If each member of the Smith family checked a bag (and they’ll probably need to because ski clothes are so bulky) that would be $200 they’d waste on baggage fees.   

Okay, so here’s a breakdown of what each person needs on the mountain:

  • Ski jacket
  • Ski pants
  • Mid Layer (hoodie, pullover)
  • Base layer pants
  • Base layer top
  • Ski socks (if your place doesn’t have a washer and dryer I’d recommend a second pair so you can alternate each day)
  • Goggles
  • Gloves or Mittens
  • Neckwear

The Smiths order broke down like this: 

Person

Clothing Category

Actual Item

Retail Price

Rental Fee (4 day)

Adult Male

Ski Jacket

Columbia Titanium Outdry

$449.99

$87.75

Adult Male

Ski Pants

Patagonia Triolet Pants

$349.00

$68.06

Adult Male

Mid Layer Top

North Face Merino Wool

$98.95

$19.30

Adult Male

Base Layer Pants

Under Amour Base 4.0 Legging

$84.99

$16.57

Adult Male

Base Layer Top

Under Armour Base 4.0 Crew

$84.99

$16.57

Adult Male

Ski Socks (x2)

Burton Emblem Sock

$35.90

$7.00

Adult Male

Goggles

Oakley Flight Deck XM

$210.00

$40.95

Adult Male

Gloves

North Face Patrol Long Gauntlet

$159.95

$31.19

Adult Female

Ski Jacket

Columbia Titanium Powder

$398.99

$77.80

Adult Female

Ski Pants

North Face Summit L5 GTX Pro Bib

$549.95

$107.24

Adult Female

Mid Layer Top

North Face Wool Baselayer Zip

$109.95

$21.44

Adult Female

Base Layer Pants

Under Armour Coldgear Infrared

$54.95

$10.72

Adult Female

Base Layer Top

Under Armour Base 2.0 - Women's

$54.95

$10.72

Adult Female

Ski Socks (x2)

Burton Merino Phase Socks

$51.90

$10.12

Adult Female

Goggles

Oakley 02 XM

$70.00

$13.65

Adult Female

Gloves

Hestra Heli Mitten - Women's

$139.95

$27.29

Child #1

Ski Jacket

Burton Symbol Insulated

$139.95

$27.29

Child #1

Ski Pants

Burton Parkway Insulated

$99.95

$19.49

Child #1

Base Layer Pants

Under Armour Base 2.0 Legging - Kids

$44.95

$8.77

Child #1

Base Layer Top

Under Armour Base 2.0 - Kids

$44.95

$8.77

Child #1

Ski Socks (x2)

Spyder Venture Sock

$32.00

$6.24

Child #1

Goggles

Oakley 02 XS Goggles - Kids

$50.00

$9.75

Child #1

Gloves

Burton Gore-Tex Mitten - Kids

$49.95

$9.74

Child #2

Ski Jacket

Columbia Bugaboo Interchange

$119.99

$23.40

Child #2

Ski Pants

North Face Arctic Bib - Girls

$148.95

$29.05

Child #2

Base Layer Pants

Under Armour Base 2.0 Legging - Kids

$44.95

$8.77

Child #2

Base Layer Top

Under Armour Base 2.0 - Kids

$44.95

$8.77

Child #2

Ski Socks (x2)

Spyder Bug Out Sock

$30.00

$5.85

Child #2

Goggles

Oakley 02 XS Goggles - Kids

$50.00

$9.75

Child #2

Gloves

Dakine Wristguard Jr.

$49.95

$9.74

$3,854.95

$751.72

 

Quick analysis about the chart above:

  • To rent these items for 4 days, as opposed to owning them, the Smiths saved $3,103.23.
  • That does not include the $200 they will now save on baggage fees.
  • That means, in theory, they rented all of these items for $551.72.
  • $551 is 14.3% of the cost to own these items (but does not include the time to shop for all of these items).
  • The Smiths would have been better off owning these items if they were to wear them on 7 more 4-day trips.
  • If the Smiths took one 4-Day ski trip for 7 years, these items would all be 7 years old by the time they got their money’s worth.
  • 7 years later this gear would not fit their children anymore.
  • They would need to store this gear in a closet in their house for 7 years.

Not only did renting from us take out all the hassle of searching for best deals or heading to stores to purchase items, we made it so easy for the Smiths by meeting them at the airport to drop off their stuff.  Think you can’t be a “ski family” because the cost of ownership is too great?  It is time to re-think owning winter gear (especially if you live in a warm climate)!


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