The ultimate guide to snowboard rentals

If you're reading this article you’re probably new to snowboarding, so I’d like to welcome you to the dark side. You’ve made the first step towards not looking like a dork when you hit the slopes: sliding on one stick instead of two. Here’s a quick overview of what we will be covering in this rental guide. Feel free to skip to the section you need.

How much it costs to rent a snowboard

Renting other snowboard equipment

Renting vs Leasing vs Buying

Where to rent

What to wear while you ride

Snowboard rental Q&A

Where to rent at popular resorts

 

How much does renting a snowboard cost? 

Renting a snowboard is generally going to run you between $50-$80 dollars per day depending on the ski area or shop you’re renting from. This price includes the snowboard deck, boots, and bindings but not the price of your lift ticket. These three items will almost always be rented out as a package; in this article, we use the term “snowboard” to encompass a snowboard package(snowboard deck, boots, and bindings).

Renting the other snowboard gear:

Helmets: You will be able to rent a snowboard helmet essentially anywhere you can rent snowboards. If you don’t have your own helmet(no bike helmets don’t count) you should rent one without a second thought. I have been snowboarding for 10 years now and I still l occasionally lose focus, catch my back edge, and smash my head into the ground hard enough for me to be thankful I was wearing one. Wear a helmet.

Here's a helmet we recommend if you don’t want to rent:

anon raider snowboard helmet - a good snowboard helmet if you dont want to rent
Anon Raider 3 Snow Helmet
$79.95

 

Snowboarding pants: Some resorts and board shops do offer snow pant rentals but it’s not super common. We recommend checking the rental shops' website or calling ahead to ask. Never assume a rental shop will offer snow pants, learning to ride in your jeans will be a bad time. 

Here’s a pair of snow pants we recommend if you're looking to buy:

686 snowboard pants
686 Standard Snowboard Pants
$99.95

 

Renting Gloves, Jackets, goggles, and other snowboard clothes: It is very uncommon for rental shops to stock gloves, jackets, goggles, or any other types of snowboarding clothes. But if you want to rent a full snowboarding outfit, you can rent from an online shop like this one:https://shop.sportsbasement.com/collections/snow-apparel-rentals. But we recommend buying gloves and using your usual winter coat with a few layers underneath(we will talk more about what to wear later in this article).   Here is a link to the mittens I use, they are super warm and come with liners plus burton has a lifetime waranty on their softgoods.

burton profile snowboard mittens
Burton Profile Mittens
$39.95

 

 

Should you rent, lease, or buy your snowboard?

The choice between renting, leasing, and buying a snowboard is tough and there are a lot of variables to consider. Here’s a breakdown of some guidelines to help you make your decision.

Cost to rent a snowboard: It costs roughly $50 - $80 per day to rent a snowboard.

Cost to lease a snowboard: It cost between $175 and $350 to lease a snowboard for the whole season.

Cost to buy a used snowboard: you can get full snowboarding set up(snowboard, boots, and bindings) for $300 - $500. If you're buying a snowboard for the first time, we recommend getting the deck and bindings used but buying new boots. <Here's our article about the best snowboard boots of 2021>

Rent the snowboard if: 

  • You have never been snowboarding before and are not sure if you will like it.
  • Only plan on snowboarding once or twice in the season or are only taking one trip

Lease the snowboard if:

  • You plan on snowboarding 4 + times throughout the season  
  • It's for your kid and your not sure they will stick to it

Buy the snowboard if: 

  • You plan on snowboarding 5+ times for at least the next 2 seasons

 

Important to consider: If you plan on flying to your snowboard destination, renting may become more economical because the oversized baggage fee is quite expensive for some airlines.

 

 

Where to rent snowboard gear

If you are renting for multiple days, we recommend renting from a ski and board shop close to the mountain. Renting from a ski and board shop will generally provide an overall better experience compared to the resort’s rental service. Here’s why:

  • The gear is usually newer, in better condition, and serviced more regularly
  • They will likely take more time to find the right fit for you and to answer any questions you may have.
  • You are less likely to have to wait in line

We’ve compiled a list of ski and board shops to rent from that are close to some of the most popular ski resorts at the bottom of this article.

If you are only renting for one day it's generally more convenient to rent from the resort you are going to. 

 

 

What to wear while you snowboard

Dressing properly while you snowboard is a major key to success. We recommend dressing in layers, this allows you to adjust your clothing when the temperature changes. Here is a breakdown of my usual layers:

*The links in this section are to the equipment that I uses and am willing to vouch for*

  • Upper Body
  • Hands
    • Glove liners(depending on temperature)
    • Mittens
  • Legs 
    • Undies(obviously)
    • Long underwear or pajama pants(fuzzy ones for maximum comfort)
    • Snow Pants
  • Feet 
    • Snowboard socks (I don't recommend doubling up socks unless your boots are too big)

 

Q&A

How much does it cost to rent a snowboard? 

Renting a snowboard is generally going to cost between $50-$80 dollars per day depending on the ski area or shop you’re renting from. This price includes the snowboard deck, boots, and bindings but not the price of your lift ticket. There are often discounts for multi-day rentals.

 

How much does it cost to lease a snowboard?

It usually costs between $175 and $350 to lease a snowboard for the whole season. This price includes the snowboard deck, boots, and bindings.

 

Can you rent snowboarding pants?

Some resorts and board shops do offer snow pant rentals but it’s not super common. You should check the rental shops' website or call ahead to ask. Never assume a rental shop will offer snow pants. Learning to ride in your jeans will be a bad time. 

 

Where to rent snowboard gear?

If you are renting for multiple days, we recommend renting from a ski and board shop close to the mountain. Renting from a ski and board shop will generally provide an overall better experience compared to the resort’s rental service. Here’s why:

  • The gear is usually newer, in better condition, and maintained more regularly
  • They will likely take more time to find the right fit for you and to answer any questions you may have.
  • You are less likely to have to wait in line

If you are only renting for one day it is easier to rent from the ski resorts rental shop.

 

Can you rent snowboard boots?

Yes, you can rent snowboard boots. Snowboard rentals at all rental shops include the snowboard deck, snowboard bindings, and snowboard boots.

 

Can you rent snowboard bindings?

Yes, you can rent snowboard bindings. Snowboard rentals at all rental shops include the snowboard deck, snowboard bindings, and snowboard boots.

 

Can I rent snowboard clothes?

Some resorts and board shops do offer snow pant rentals but it’s not super common. You can rent other snowboard clothes but usually not at the ski resort. If you want to rent a full snowboard outfit you can use a site like this one: https://shop.sportsbasement.com/collections/snow-apparel-rentals.

 

Can you rent snowboard goggles?

Ski resorts usually do not offer snowboard goggle rentals. But you could rent from a sit like this: https://shop.sportsbasement.com/collections/snow-apparel-rentals.

 

Can I rent a snowboard for the whole season? 

Yes, you can rent a snowboard for the whole season/lease a snowboard. It costs between $120 and $350.

 

 

Where to rent a snowboard in Big Bear:

Getboards Ride Shop Ski & Snowboard Rentals Big Bear Lake

Massive : ski snow rental in Big Bear Mountain

Big Bear Mountain Resort 

 

Where to rent a snowboard in Breckenridge:

Blue River Sports Ski & Snowboard Rental

Door 2 Door Ski & Snowboard Rental Delivery

Main Street Sports

Where to rent a snowboard in Park City:

Park City Sport - Ski and Snowboard Rentals

Aloha Ski & Snowboard Park City Mountain Resort

Slopeside Sports - Ski and Snowboard Rentals

 

Where to rent a snowboard in Mammoth:

Black Tie Ski Rental Delivery of Mammoth

Fast Ski Sports

P3 Freeride Ski & Snowboard Shop

 

Where to rent a snowboard in Flagstaff

First Chair Ski/Snowboard Rental Shop

Ski Haus Flagstaff

Humphrey Summit Ski

 

Where to rent a snowboard in Denver

Christy Sports Ski & Patio

 

Where to rent a snowboard in Keystone 

Door 2 Door Ski & Snowboard Rental Delivery

Christy Sports

Breeze Ski Rentals

 

Where to rent a snowboard in Lake Tahoe 

Rock House Discount Ski & Snowboard Rentals

South Tahoe Ski and Snowboard Rentals

Snowshoe Thompson's Ski and Snowboard Rentals

 

Where to rent a snowboard in Winter park

Door 2 Door Ski & Snowboard Rental Delivery

Winter Park Resort Rentals

Christy Sports

 

Where to rent a snowboard in Telluride

Black Tie Ski Rental Delivery of Telluride - Element 52

Door 2 Door Ski & Snowboard Rental Delivery

Telluride Sports – Cimarron Lodge

 

Where to rent a snowboard in Jackson hole

JH Skis

Snow King Mountain Sports Shop

Hoback Sports

 

 

Where to rent a snowboard in Killington

Darkside Snowboards, Killington, Vermont

Northern Ski Works- Killington

Roots Ski & Snowboard Shop