When is it worthwhile to ditch the rentals and invest in kids' skis?
Your seven-year-old just bombed down a tricky blue run. This is the first time you’ve actually had to work to keep up with him. It suddenly hits you that it’s time to take his skiing to the next level, which might mean buying better gear. Suddenly you’re struck with the doubt shared by all ski parents: Is it worth it? Your kid is certainly still growing; in fact, he’ll probably grow out of his gear in two years, if not by next season. But without good equipment, he faces certain limitations, like when he gets going too fast and those rental skis start to shake like Tickle Me Elmo.
Traveling with your skis is not only a drag, it can be pricey. But renting is no picnic, either. Black Tie Rentals offers an easy alternative.
A common question: To schlep your skis or to rent once you get there? As editors, we travel a lot, so it’s a dilemma we’re faced with a dozen times throughout the ski season. Quick weekend jaunts, business trips with a side of skiing: Sometimes it just doesn’t make sense to take your skis along.