Winter retailers ready to rent
November 4, 2006
Whether it’s a commitment issue, a learning experience or a one-time situation, not everyone who heads to Park City has their own ski and snowboard equipment. Luckily, local winter retailers’ extensive rental operations can keep all of the area’s visitors fully outfitted this season.
Jans Mountain Outfitters Jans features a flurry of rental and discount options for eager skiers. They offer various ski rental packages, such as the sport, demo and high performance as well as a snowboard and snowshoe package with optional pole and shoe rental.
There are no season rentals, but Jans store manager Karl Jacobsen says that their weekly rental system is quite popular. Based on "the more you ski, the less you pay," the prices go down as the number of rental days increase. They have a 1-3 day rate, a 4-6 day rate and a seven day-plus weekly rate.
For children, Jans offers a budget-relieving trade-back program. If an entire youth package is purchased, including boots, skis and bindings, they will receive 40 percent off the original price in in-store credit when they return them to be used toward the purchase of their next pair of skis. This program creates a cost-effective way for parents to keep their growing kids in suitable skis, and it also creates a large inventory of used skis. The used skis are often only slightly worn and create another relatively inexpensive option for parents.
"The kids program works really well," Jacobson said.
For complete rental and discount package information, call 649-4949 or log onto http://www.jans.com. Visit Jans Mountain Outfitters at 1600 Park Avenue, Park City Mountain Resort or Deer Valley.
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Cole Sport Rental manger J.P. Peck and his crew are more than ready to serve the renting public this winter season.
"They can feel confident they’ll get the show and the service," Peck said. "These guys are excited."
According to Peck, this commitment to costumer service stems from experience, knowledge and a healthy dose of entertainment. Along with an enjoyable rental experience, the Cole Sport team offers daily and weekly packages. Anyone renting for three days will receive the fourth day free. They also feature a demo program, where costumers can try a pair of skis for two days and then receive the rental money back if they decide to purchase them.
Cole Sport has a full selection of skis, snowboards and free-ride equipment, as well as snowshoes, poles and snow blades for rental. In the kids department, Cole Sport has a large line of both beginner and intermediate skis. As part of a service to the community, they also join with the National Ability Center each year to provide disabled skis for children three days a week.
Peck also said that those who own skis should check the Cole Sport rental department for various tune-up deals and discounts.
For more information on rentals, call 649-4600 or visit http://www.colesport.com. Cole Sport has four locations at 1615 Park Avenue, Park City Mountain Resort, and Deer Valley at Silver Lake Village and Bazooka’s Board Shop at Park City Mountain Resort.
White Pine Touring- White Pine stands alone as specialists in Nordic skiing. With both the Touring location and the Nordic Center, White Pine has a variety of rental packages for cross-country enthusiasts.
At the Nordic Center, adults and youth can rent both classic and skate packages, which include boots, skis and poles. They also offer overboots and sleds designed for parents to pull their children. Discounts on complete packages or rentals combined with lessons and tours are also available.
The Touring center offers an extensive collection of telemark and alpine touring skis as well as some backcountry skis.
White Pine Nordic director Lauren Adams recommends that Parkites attend Locals Day on Dec. 10, when White Pine devotes the entire day to demos, and displaying products for skate and classic skis as well as an array of other equipment and accessories. Snacks will also be provided
White Pine Touring is located at 1695 Bonanza Drive. For more information on all rentals, call 649-8710 or visit /www.whitepinetouring.com. The White Pine Nordic Center Ski Area, located at the Park City Golf Course, is expected to open with the first significant snowfall.
Aloha Ski and Snowboard Some may still refer to this shop as Precision Ski, but the commitment to service has not changed with the name. According to Aloha’s president of Utah operations Greg Ottoson, they offer a full range of skis, snowboards, snowshoes and poles for both adults and kids. They are also one of the only shops that offer ski pants and jackets for rent as well.
Two of their most popular programs are specific to locals. Park City youth can rent a full ski package for an entire year. For adults, Aloha offers a pay-in-advance tuning program, where adults can contribute a certain amount to have their personal skis tuned all year and they will receive double the amount of tunes. For instance, if $100 is paid, that person receives $200 worth of tuning on their skis. Any unused portion of the money rolls over to the next season.
Aloha also offers accessories and outerwear for purchase at their store.
Aloha Ski and Snowboard has three locations including one at 580 Main Street, another at The Canyons and one at Park City Mountain Resort. For more information, call 649-8863 or visit http://www.alohaskirentals.com.
The Click- Joshua Kaufman, owner of The Click Skate and Snow, invites locals to visit with his friendly and knowledgeable staff. The Click offers a huge selection of snowboards, boots, bindings, jackets, pants, gloves and goggles. Their brands include Burton, Volcom, Thirty Two, DC, Forum, Never Summer, Rome and many others. The basic snowboard rental package includes a Never Summer Snowboard, Thirty Two Boots, and Burton custom bindings.
"No junk here," jokes Kaufman.
Rentals for three days or more is 20 percent off. Customers can also shop online at http://www.theclickworldwide.com through a secure shopping cart. The Click is located at 1890 Bonanza Drive. For more information, call 940-9004.
Destination Sports has revamped their rental operations this year.
For complete detail on all the changes, including new programs, deals and discounts, call 1-800-247-6197 or visit http://www.destinationsports.com. Destination Sports is located at 738 Main Street.
Other rental options:
Ski N’ See- A Salt Lake-based company, which also offers a location at Park City Mountain Resort and Deer Valley. Call 1-800-722-3685 or visit http://www.skinsee.com. Ski Butlers- A ski service that delivers rentals right to the customer’s door. Reservations may be made by calling 1-877-754-7754 or online at http://www.skibutlers.com to receive 10 percent off the total price.