Particularly families know the grind of going early in the morning to a crowded ski-rental shop and getting the whole crew geared up for a ski vacation. In order to take such hassle out of the process, Black Tie Ski Rentals is part of a growing trend of ski and snowboard rental delivery businesses. Originally started in Steamboat Springs, Colo., Black Tie has 13 independently owned and operated locations in the United States and Canada.
The Summit County, Colo., location, for example, has more than 500 skis and about 150 snowboards in stock ready for delivery and pick-up at customers' lodging locations anytime between 7:30 a.m. and 10 p.m. each day. Based on sizing information provided before the delivery appointment, the ski tech carries a range of boots and skis in the delivery van, then fits the customers' boots and adjusts the bindings right in their living room. If any equipment issues arise during the trip, Black Tie will also meet customers slopeside to address them.
"It's mostly the service aspect people enjoy the most. They don't have to load the stuff in their car and take it back to a shop," said Brad Senft, owner of Black Tie in Summit County. "We're also very meticulous in tuning with all our gear before it goes out."
At the Summit County location, on-line reservation rates during prime seasons are $51.30 per day for a demo ski package and $42.30 for a performance ski package. Although Black Tie's delivery is included in the rate, most customers do tip the delivery tech around $20 for the fitting. While less expensive rates can be found at some Summit County shops that do not deliver, Black Tie's rates are nearly identical to renting on-site at Breckenridge Resort for example. Additional discounts on Black Tie Rentals can also be found on Liftopia.
Black Tie Locations
- Aspen/Snowmass, Colo.
- Big Sky/Moonlight Basin, Mont.
- Breckenridge/Summit County, Colo.
- Crested Butte, Colo.
- Mammoth, Calif.
- North Tahoe, Calif.
- Park City area, Utah
- South Tahoe, Calif.
- Steamboat, Colo.
- Telluride, Colo.
- Vail/Beaver Creek, Colo.
- Whistler, Canada
- Winter Park, Colo.