Skiing at Okemo is a heck of a lot of fun, but if you’re travelling there from any significant distance, you’re probably going to be renting skis. With airlines charging almost $100 to transport skis combined with the cost of a hard case to protect your thousand dollar gear, renting is cheaper and gets you gear that’s just as good as stuff you’ve purchased. Still, even if you’re renting, you can save even more money on your Okemo ski rentals by using these tips.

Don’t Spend More Than You Need To

The best way to spend money on your Okemo ski rentals is to reserve it as early as you can. As soon as you know when you’re hitting Okemo, get online and reserve your gear. Let us help you get your skis and we can help you save up to 20 percent on most things. Booking your gear online also helps you save time. Once your gear is reserved, you just need to swing by the shop and pick it up while you’re headed to the slopes.

Sure you can forgo planning ahead and just get your gear from the resort, but you’re going to be paying a premium for it. Okemo Mountain knows that your main focus once you get there is getting out on the mountain. But that’s no reason to just toss your money away. For example, the walkup counter price for Okemo ski rentals are $47 per day. They do have a multi-day discount which only charges $275 for a week. In contrast, Tygart Mountain Sports will rent you the same gear for only $169 for the week or $25 per day. That’s almost a hundred bucks you can save by getting your Okemo ski rentals offsite.

Is There a Difference in Equipment

You might think that the smaller shops can only afford those prices because their gear is worse than the resorts. Nothing could be farther from the truth. Smaller shops buy the same gear the resorts do, they just rent it for less because they aren’t charging you the resort price. In some cases, you might find that they have last year’s model for the basic packages. If you’re concerned and want the latest models, most shops offer a high performance rental for a few dollars more per day, but it’s still les expensive than the resorts.

As one last thing, we firmly believe in helmet rentals. These aren’t usually included in Okemo ski rentals packages and must be added on. This is because a good ski helmet is often cheaper in the long run to buy and it doesn’t take up much room in your luggage. Whether you choose to buy or rent, head protection is essential in sports. You’ve only got one head on your shoulders. Protect it.

Top Companies for Vermont Ski Rentals

Tygart Mountain Sports

Totem Pole Ski Shop

Dunnett Ski Rentals

Northern Ski Works