If you're an occasional skier or snowboarder and can't justify purchasing all that expensive equipment (and you appreciate discount lift tickets, to boot), you'll probably be renting skis or a snowboard when you arrive in the Mount Snow valley. A Mount Snow ski rental experience can be daunting, however, as the on-hill rental facility is typically mobbed on weekends and holidays. It can be frustrating when all you want to do is get out on the hill.
Your Mount Snow ski rental (or snowboard rental, of course) experience doesn't have to be so frantic, though. Fortunately, there are dozens of shops that rent equipment, mostly along Rte. 100 on the way to Mount Snow. These shops are less crowded and are typically staffed with much more knowledgeable employees. Still, some of these shops can be a hit-or-miss situation, so we're presenting to you our favorite shops along Rte. 100 to rent skis and snowboards.
1. The Great Outdoors - Joe Jones Ski and Sports Located at the corner of Rte. 100 and Stugger (pronounced Stew-ger) Rd., this is a full-service shop with a huge selection of outerwear and equipment. But they also have a full-service rental and repair shop (just take a right when you enter the building). They have a solid selection of equipment from beginner to advanced. The staff is helpful and friendly and the rental prices are very competitive.
2. Mountain Riders. Located at the base of Mount Snow across from the Snow Barn, Mountain Riders specializes in snowboard gear and telemark skis. When you get inside, head down stairs to the rental shop, where you'll find the newest gear available for rent or demo. If you're looking for a quality snowboard rental, this is the place to go.
3. Alpine Rentals If Mountain Riders is the snowboard equipment specialist, Alpine Rentals is the Mount Snow ski rental king. They have an extremely reasonable starting price for their shaped skis at $14.95/day, but they also have skis for all ability levels. The employees here are boot-fitting gurus and will make sure you have the proper boots on your feet before you head up to the slopes. Located at 113 Rte. 100, they are just a few miles south of Mount Snow.
Now you're armed and ready to hit the slopes, while avoiding the long lines and hassle of on-mountain Mount Snow ski rental. Be safe and have fun.
And while we're on the topic of rentals, if you're looking for a house rental near Mount Snow, either for the weekend or long-term, check out our complete list of rental homes at Chimney Hill.
*photo compliments of Alpine Rentals