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Old 18.12.2015, 13:13
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Shall I buy or rent my ski / snowboard equipment?

Good morning all.
I would love to hear from you please:

Shall I buy or rent my ski / snowboard equipment?

1) I'm intermediate snowboarder and beginner skier. (when most of my group board, I board too, when I go with skiers, I ski or at least i try to ski )
2) I do carving only, enjoying the piste. (no park, no half pipe, etc)
3) I also have 3 kids. (1,3,5 years) I picked up 87cm skis for £20 last night from Ebay. Shall I fish for kids ski shoes on Ebay or just rent them at resorts?

I feel renting is better and more convenient, but if I can save some dosh, I'm happy to listen to what you guys have to say.

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Old 18.12.2015, 14:38
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Re: Shall I buy or rent my ski / snowboard equipment?

Rent... For several reasons.

1. Kids grow quickly, so will out grow boots and skis fast.
2. The boots may hurt, if renting you can take them back and swap them.
3. I'm not being mean, but if you need to ask on-line, then you don't know enough about skiing and ski equipment to buy the right stuff off Ebay and it may end up un-suitable and a waste of money. In a rental shop you will get advice.
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Re: Shall I buy or rent my ski / snowboard equipment?

I bought a new beginner snowboard a few weeks ago, from Pontarlier in France.


Reason being...renting here in Switzerland for a season is around 250CHF for board & bindings, and I would want to buy my own boots anyway... I bought a new board & bindings for around 300CHF.
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Re: Shall I buy or rent my ski / snowboard equipment?

We rent them at Stockli for the saison. kids grow very fast and the price is quite low for kid stuff. Plus I don't like to go up a mountain and find out that a ski or a boot is not working properly.
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Old 18.12.2015, 15:11
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Re: Shall I buy or rent my ski / snowboard equipment?

Before I posted here, I was thinking:

1) Buy 2 small beginner skis for the kids. Youngest of the three daughter can use one pair of the skis.
2) Buy snowboard and boots for me. (already have skis and ski boots)
3) Rent ski shoes for the kids. (as they need bigger shoes every year)

I like the idea of renting, hassle free + sharped / waxed / maintained by rent shop + most airlines charge now days for sport equipment.
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Old 18.12.2015, 15:15
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Re: Shall I buy or rent my ski / snowboard equipment?

For novice kids rent the cheaper options; then when they ski across the carpark you aren't so worried

Also you should subtract the cost of a service to get the effective price.

However, I've bought ex-rental skis for mine since I can service them myself and they'll do a few seasons: http://www.onlinesportshop.ch/
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Re: Shall I buy or rent my ski / snowboard equipment?

kids ski rental is about Fr.100 per season for the whole set (skis, shoes and poles). I don't think you save that much by buying skis separately.

The only thing I would say, and this is my opinion only, I think you don't have to start your kids on skis until they are at least 5 or 6 years old. I know a lot of people say they should start as soon as they can walk, but from my experience, you can save a lot of money and pain if they start a bit later. Their progress at age 4 is much slower than at age 6. I am pretty sure if I started my kids at age 6 they would be just as good as they are right now.

Some of my friends disagree with me, but when I look at what they are doing, I would say most of them are just trying to justify using ski school as an expensive baby sitting service so that the parents can go off and ski...
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Re: Shall I buy or rent my ski / snowboard equipment?

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kids ski rental is about Fr.100 per season for the whole set (skis, shoes and poles). I don't think you save that much by buying skis separately.

The only thing I would say, and this is my opinion only, I think you don't have to start your kids on skis until they are at least 5 or 6 years old. I know a lot of people say they should start as soon as they can walk, but from my experience, you can save a lot of money and pain if they start a bit later. Their progress at age 4 is much slower than at age 6. I am pretty sure if I started my kids at age 6 they would be just as good as they are right now.

Some of my friends disagree with me, but when I look at what they are doing, I would say most of them are just trying to justify using ski school as an expensive baby sitting service so that the parents can go off and ski...
Kids can start playing around on skis from around the age of 2-3 ..... for about half an hour at a time and only if they are enjoying themselves and it is play.

When you here of "local" kids that started skiing at 2, this is what they were doing, they weren't in full/half day ski lessons or being forced to ski all the time or going up in bad weather. That is what parents who hear this don't understand. For me 5 is the perfect age for "proper" skiing to start.
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I don't think you save that much by buying skis separately
I was quoted 61 CHF per child for 5 days over the phone a week ago in Davos.
Today, here on the forum I found out that you can rent ski for a season.
Do you usually rent skis for the whole season in places outside the resorts or can you do this in a resort?
I guess you need to be Swiss resident to do this?
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I was quoted 61 CHF per child for 5 days over the phone a week ago in Davos.
Today, here on the forum I found out that you can rent ski for a season.
Do you usually rent skis for the whole season in places outside the resorts or can you do this in a resort?
I guess you need to be Swiss resident to do this?
No, anyone can rent skis. The store won't ask to see a permit, just your credit card. It's best (price-wise, and usually for convenience when returning the gear) to rent from an off-resort hire place. Migros Sport XX does great deals for kids' equipment for the season and there are plenty of other stores renting ski equipment too.
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Re: Shall I buy or rent my ski / snowboard equipment?

I always preferred my own snowboard. Renting is fun to try out some new models, but then I would buy my own. I have even brought my own board from Canada here. It's less complicated as the snowboard is always in my storage room and the rent rates are nigh. I think I have saved over CHF1000 by using my own.

As for children, I prefer renting for the whole season. BUT, in your situation you can buy online or on sale or in Decathlon type of store an inexpensive kit for the oldest kid, the younger ones can use it later when they get older.
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Re: Shall I buy or rent my ski / snowboard equipment?

I bought all of the kit for my six year old this year.. I believe it's a cheaper option.

Last year I rented it at a cost of just over 200 chf for the season. At the end of the season we gave everything back and that was it.

This year I bought skis, boots and poles for just over 200 chf .. At the end of the season we put everything in the cave for a few months and sell it next december for 100.

It's a no brainer, buy it.
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Re: Shall I buy or rent my ski / snowboard equipment?

My renting experience in Davos was not great, so I will buy snowboard / ski gear before my next holiday. Cheers.
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We ended up buying for the Troll on our first winter (2012-2013) as they were out of his size for the season rental. At the tine he was just under 4 years old.

So far we've managed ok financially compared to renting. He used the same pair of ski for two seasons, we only switched the boots the second winter. This year apparently the boots still fit (he's already the size of 8-9 year old so I won't complain), and the skis are also ok. We also bought poles that can be adjusted in lenght, he'll have them a while. We don't buy too big though, just right but not very short. We don't buy high end either, he's not at that level yet. Last equipement was a package from Athleticum.

We could have sold the old equipment, but I've lent it to a friend. If I sell, I should be in the money or close to it compared to rental.
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Re: Shall I buy or rent my ski / snowboard equipment?

For anyone in the vicinity of Zurich - accessible by public transport, friendly folks.

http://ski-huetta.ch

The younger the child the better valuewise as once you pay the Kinder Abo it is valid through their 12th year, however if the child is near the age cut-off it is likely they will offer a deal on the Junior Abo (they did for us, but we're provincial locals). 250sfr for up to possibly years depending on the age of the youngster, plus a yearly fee of 55sfr (20fr when collecting and 35 when returning) is quite good value.

Once in Wald it isn't far to Atzmännig, Flumserberg, or just a bit further Davos. (No local skiing yet this year...Oberholz is quite good for beginners and those wanting an easy day out, no crowds and a goid dose of Gemütlichkeit, but it is as green as September at the moment)
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Re: Shall I buy or rent my ski / snowboard equipment?

Hi PanTastic

There is another option, when you have got settled into CH and are ready for next years ski season.

Normally in late November or early December, around the place, there are 'WinterBorse' or 'SkiMarkt' usually in town halls ( gemeindehaus ) or sports halls. These are where anyone can bring old but good ski gear ( skis boots, jackets, poles, helmets, langlauf skis, ice skates ..... ) which is all tagged marked and priced. and then put up for sale.
There is always a melee around the kids boots where all the families are trying to find boots for the current or following year.
Prices are very GOOD, poles go for 5 or 8 SFr, so I always have a couple of spare sets for the kids. Necessary as they grow and also the easiest to replace when a pole gets bent, as you can't straighten them.
Ski's from 20 to 180 SFr depending on model, year and condition.

At the end you can buy all the gear and some spare, ready to swap if the kids improve so much in a season, or for next season. AND then sell the previous gear back into the system. ( Normally the organising group, frauenverein or the like, charge 2 Sfr per aticle and 15% or so )

Good luck finding the snow and ski safely.
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