If you’re in Vermont looking for classic glades and tree skiing, everyone in the know will point you to Mad River Glen. Word of caution, however; if you snowboard, you can’t hit the slopes of the Glen. This is one of the few resorts in the country that doesn’t allow boarding on its hills. Still, if you plan on skiing the Glen, you’ll need to know what the prices look like for Mad River Glen ski rentals. That’s where we can help. We have a listing of all the best deals in the area as well as some advice on how to make your dollars stretch until they squeak.

Getting Geared at the Glen for Less

The first step to saving money on your Mad River Glen ski rentals is to let us help you reserve your gear online. With our help, we can guarantee at least a 20 percent savings off the walkup price. At the Glen co-op, for example, the walk up price for a basic package starts at $30 and builds up to a 3-day price of $70 with each additional day costing $15. So a seven day rental will cost $130 for your basic package. A performance package has similar pricing with a week rental costing $225. Of course, this is before we get you that discount

Another way to save money is to rent off site. We can help you with that as well. Infinite Sports is only a few minutes away in Waitsfield. For a basic straight ski package, their daily rate starts at $19 with discounts getting bigger the longer you rent. A full 7-day rental will only cost $73. A performance package for seven days only costs $144. That’s not a bad bit of savings to help overcome the inconvenience of carting your gear to the mountain.

Some Last Bits of Advice

When it comes to giving you tips on your Mad River Glen ski rentals, we’d like to think we’ve got you covered from head to toe. In that theme, we’d like to offer some advice on two important parts of your skiing wardrobe: your helmet and your socks.

It’s obvious that you need a helmet as part of any set of Mad River Glen ski rentals, especially if you’re doing glade skiing. What might not be obvious is that you can save money in the long term by buying a helmet instead of renting it, especially if you plan on skiing more than a couple of weeks in your life. Let’s break down the math. A helmet rental averages out to about $8 depending on what resort you go to (some places charge $5, some charge $10) A brand new helmet off the shelf will cost about $100. The math doesn’t lie. Plus, buying your helmet means you aren’t wearing someone else’s head sweat.

For socks, sometimes it pays not to skimp. Case in point; ski socks aren’t the cheapest socks in the world, but if you opt to go with cotton athletic socks instead, your feet are going to hate you. That’s because cotton socks are too thick to let your boot fit properly and they don’t wick moisture (aka sweat) away from your feet. The result at the end of the day will be sore, wet, and frozen feet. Splurge on the ski socks, which are made from merino wool; this means they’re warm, thin enough to not interfere with your boot fit, and they wick moisture away to the boot lining. Your feet will thank you and you won’t want to amputate at the end of the day.

The following is a list of ski rental shops in the Mad River Valley:

Infinite Sports:                  http://www.infinitesportsvt.com/rental/

Clearwater Sports:          https://clearwatersports.com/?page_id=144

Vermont North Ski:         http://vermontnorth.com/