(c) Jack Ballard
With several thousand dollars invested in travel and lodging, it might be tempting to economize on ski rentals. Don’t do it. Even expert skiers have a tough time carving elegant turns on mediocre gear. Instead, invest in the highest quality rental gear available. Most resorts offer “demo” rentals, current-year equipment that’s a big step up in performance over basic gear.
If you’re renting gear, pay special attention to your boots. Before acquiring my own equipment, I rented. Most rental shop personnel tried to put me in boots that were comfortable, but too large for my feet. Ski boots are meant to fit snugly. Buckle your boots. If you feel your heels rise when you flex your legs forward against the tongue, the boots are too large. Don’t be bashful about trying on several different boots. You won’t be a good skier in bad boots.