Forget the airlines, rent skiis


Most airlines charge extra fees for almost all luggage now. Just think what they’ll charge for your skiis and snowboards on flights to ski destinations.

The solution: forget the excess baggage fees and use the money to sample a variety of cutting edge demo equipment on the next trip to the slopes by opting for the convenience of

For the past few years, has offered top-of-the-line demo equipment onsite while providing an appealing alternative to dragging equipment through busy airports, from distant satellite parking lots, and across icy pavement. 

Skiers and riders can reserve their equipment in advance and their gear is ready and waiting at one of the dozens of major resorts in the western United States.

Renters select their equipment and then find the shop closest to their lodging.  Gear, including boots, can be reserved either online at or toll free at 800-544-6648.  Once they arrive at the resort, they simply go to the shop to sign their paperwork and get their reserved equipment fitted before heading out the door.

With many locations in Colorado, California, Utah, and the Rocky Mountain states, skiers and riders can now simplify their winter vacation.  Travelocity, Expedia, MountainReservations, Orbitz,, and all use as their preferred equipment provider. 

Most shops are slopeside for maximum convenience with additional locations in a variety of mountain communities as well as at metropolitan ski shops in DenverSalt Lake City and San Francisco. 

Rates vary on time of season and location. For every set of adult performance or demo equipment rented, a junior (age 12 or younger) gets a free rental for the same number of days at selected stores during non-peak periods.  Renters even have a guarantee–if the equipment isn’t satisfactory, they receive a refund for that day’s rental and can exchange their board(s) for another set-up.

Options range from the Sport Package for beginners through intermediates with rates ranging from $15-$47/day, the Performance Package for intermediate to advanced skiers with prices ranging from $18- $52/day, and Demos for the most cutting-edge equipment including popular skis from K2 and the most sought after models from Rossignol, Salomon, Volkl, and Dynastar ranging in price from $26 – $62/day. 

Advance reservations receive up to 20 percent off the regular, walk-in daily price so advance planning can save some cash.  Snowboarders can choose from Burton‘s entire line including their innovative Learn to Ride equipment or the selection from Salomon and Ride.             

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Screamin’ deals on season passes at Bear Mountain


Big Bear Mountain Resorts will offer a special rate on 2008/2009 winter season passes exclusively at this Saturday’s Fifth Annual Hot Dawgz and Hand Rails!

Arrive early to buy a season pass and enjoy the party the rest of the day.

Bear’s Season Pass Office will open at 10 a.m. and close at 5 p.m.

Be ahead of the game and fill out your RELEASE FORM before you arrive at the season pass office to purchase your Screamin’ Deal (Parent or Guardian signature is required on the release form for pass purchase of minors 18 and under).

Show your 2008-2009 season pass and receive 20% OFF at the Ice Box on all clothing and accessories!

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Northstar invests $15 million into mountain

Follow the Northstar, the Northstar Resort that is.

Northstar Resort has invested more than $15 million in on-mountain and village improvements for the 2008-09 winter season.

Improvements include extending ski trails and an express quad lift on Lookout Mountain — one of the areas of the resort offering advanced ski terrain. There’s new snowmaking systems, improved glade skiing and added lift capacity.

A widening of the ski area boundaries increases the resort’s total skiable acreage by 414 acres to a total of 2,904 acres.

The new Martis Camp Express lift (formerly Lookout Express) will be a high-speed quad lift located inside the Martis Camp development, at the base of Lookout Mountain.

 The lift line will be increased from 2,822 feet to 5,128 feet, with an increase in vertical drop from 1,247 feet to 1,722 feet.

Skiers will reach the top of the mountain in only six minutes. Martis Camp will have direct access to Northstar Resort.

Three existing advanced ski trails on Lookout Mountain are also being extended into Martis Camp: Prosser, Stampede and Martis, with snowmaking to be extended on Prosser and Martis.

To the east of these trails, a new intermediate trail named Washoe has been added, will also terminate at the base of the Martis Camp Express lift, and will feature top to bottom snowmaking, allowing the Lookout Mountain area of the resort to be open earlier than ever before.

2008.09 Resort Improvements
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2008-09 Resort Improvements


The resort is also investing in additional snowmaking upgrades for other areas of the resort and has purchased 16 new high-efficiency fan guns, 100 new low-energy stick snowmaking guns, and has retrofitted older snowmaking equipment, making it 24 percent more efficient and reducing the amount of resources needed to make snow.

Northstar Resort has performed tree-thinning work on Lookout Mountain, The Backside, Mount Pluto and in the Northwest Territory of the resort in an effort to provide for an enhanced glade skiing experience.

Northstar-at-Tahoe Resort is scheduled to open for winter operations on Nov. 22, weather and conditions permitting. For more information, visit

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Hot Dawgz & Hand Rails at Bear Mountain

3627-bear.jpgMark your calendars for Saturday, Sept. 20, for the fifth annual Hot Dawgz & Hand Rails snowboarding event at Bear Mountain.

Some of the best pros in the biz will battle it out on 90 tons of real snow for this day-long event.

Hot Dawgz & Hand Rails will get you ready to ride with great deals on season passes,
tons of swag from sponsors and exclusive events.

“Hot Dawgz & Hand Rails is one of our best events – bringing some of the most skilled
pros on the circuit,” said Chris Riddle, Director of Marketing at Big Bear Mountain Resorts.

“We are expecting another incredible season and this event features great deals on season
passes and events to kick off another exciting winter at Big Bear Mountain Resorts,” Riddle added.

Hot Dawgz & Hand Rails features:
Top-ranked snowboarders competing for $15,000 in cash and prizes
World-class Jumps & Jibs to test the Pros’ skills
Autograph sessions
Fashion Show & Awards Ceremony
Premiere of three new movies including Mack Dawg Productions
One-day only rollback pricing on Big Bear Mountain Resorts season passes.

This event is free to the public and begins at 10 a.m. with season pass sales, product
giveaways, live DJ’s, BBQ, Beach Bar and 90 tons of snow!

Log on to for more information.

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Snowy Oktoberfest at Snowbird


 How did you spend your Labor Day?

As you can see from the photo, it snowed at Snowbird Ski Resort outside Salt Lake City in Utah. Yessss!

The popular resort located in the Little Cottonwood Canyon was celebrating its Oktoberfest celebration when the snow started falling.

Snowbird is known for being steep and deep! That’s steep ski slopes coupled with deep powder snow. Now we know why if it’s alread started snowing on Sept. 1.

Anyone else get any snow?

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