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Old 12-21-2010, 10:43 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Are snowboard/binding rentals readily available at ski resorts?

I'm going to Aspen and I've never been snowboarding before.

I wouldn't mind renting a snowboard for the weekend so I can try one out to see how well I like it. I can use my experience with the snowboard rental to help decide what features I want in the snowboard that I purchase.

So is it pretty easy to rent a snowboard for the weekend in Aspen (or any large ski resort)?

How much does this usually cost?
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Old 12-21-2010, 11:18 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Yeah, you can rent snowboards there. I assume you're a skier or have you just never done any snowsports?

Either way, if you're going to try to make a determination on it over the course of a weekend, at least do yourself a favor and get a lesson. Expect to flail around mightily. Expecting anything else will be setting yourself up for disappointment. When are you going? This weekend? If so, I suggest sticking to skiing if you're already a skier. There's just too much new snow not to take advantage and enjoy it to the fullest.
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Make sure to have a credit or debit card ready because they will have you make a deposit in case the board you rented gets lost or stolen. Also helps to go early because the lines get long.
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Pretty much any ski area will have a good amount but if your looking for features to buy I would highly advise you to look into demos if your mountain has them so you can get a feel for a higher quality setup than you would get with a rental.
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Pretty much any ski area will have a good amount but if your looking for features to buy I would highly advise you to look into demos if your mountain has them so you can get a feel for a higher quality setup than you would get with a rental.
What is the difference between a demo and a rental?
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On the other hand... learning how to snowboard in moderate powder will be more forgiving than sliding (and falling) down in lesser snow
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Yeah, you can rent snowboards there. I assume you're a skier or have you just never done any snowsports?

Either way, if you're going to try to make a determination on it over the course of a weekend, at least do yourself a favor and get a lesson. Expect to flail around mightily. Expecting anything else will be setting yourself up for disappointment. When are you going? This weekend? If so, I suggest sticking to skiing if you're already a skier. There's just too much new snow not to take advantage and enjoy it to the fullest.
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What is the difference between a demo and a rental?

Demo lets you try a specific brand of board like Burton, or Rome, etc, and the money you spend on the rental is usually applied to purchase if you buy it.

Rental is just a fleet of boards that get the shit pounded out of them on a daily basis.
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