So, what are the benefits of having your own skis vs hiring them?
Let’s breakdown the cost:
Hiring skis - on average the price of ski rental for one week across Europe from Intersport (Dec 2019 to Feb 2020) is £170 - £200, there may be an additional insurance cost of £20 based on one week.
Whereas buying - your own skis the average cost with bindings (Coyoti ski 2019-2020) is approx. £500. You have to consider the additional cost to get your skis to resort. When you fly this is around £30 but if you drive, as many more people are these days, or several holiday companies offer FREE ski transport if you book a package deal there is no additional cost. You then have the maintenance cost of approximately £20 for a wax and edge every year, so an additional cost of £50 a year.
So, let’s compare hiring ski vs buying your own.
Buying: If you keep your skis for 5 years then with the initial outlay, £500 and an average cost of £50 a trip for maintenance and carriage you’ll spend £750.
Hiring: Whereas if you hired skis over the same period you would have spent £850 possibly more.
Conclusion, if you buy skis that’s a saving of £100 over 5 years and you’d still be able to sell your old skis for a least £100 or more, people are often keen to purchase second-hand skis as this is cheaper than hiring skis for a one-week holiday. So after 5 years, you will be approximately £200 or more better off. Suddenly buying your own skis doesn’t seem so expensive and is actually quite cost-effective. But it’s not just the money you save, if you buy your skis through a reputable retailer such as Coyoti ski and snowboard you’ll be buying a pair of skis selected from our extensive range to suit not only your ability but also your personal skiing style and they will help you achieve your future skiing goals. When you have your own skis, you learn and progress much quicker than you would on hire skis.
Why? Here are two good reasons:
Firstly your new ski will have been carefully chosen for you, there are hundreds of skis on the market but at Coyoti ski & snowboard we spend hours trying all the leading brands so we can give you the best possible advice. Every time you go skiing you will use the same pair of skis, meaning you don’t have to spend the first couple of days getting used to a new pair of hire skis, instead you just carry on like you did last time, your skis will perform and react as you’d expect and this will build your confidence, a confident skier is a better skier.
Secondly, there is a significant difference in the construction of rental skid than oned you buy from your local shop. Rental skis are built to take the abuse an average skier will put them through on a daily basis. In order for rental ski to last for a whole winter season (approximately 22 weeks constant use), they are constructed with durability in mind. Meaning they are built with a thicker base and thicker edges, as they are serviced for every new customer. On some skis they also add a thicker top sheet to protect the ski from scraps and cosmetic damage. All this extra material makes a rental ski considerably heavier than the ones you could buy, the extra weight means the ski won’t offer you the same performance, and they won’t flex or respond on the ski slopes in the same way as the one you will buy from your local ski shop.
Your own pair of skis will be more than durable to last a lifetime, as you’ll be taking good care of them especially as you’ve spent your own hard-earned money. Your skis will flex and react exactly as the designer intended, you’ll be enjoying time on the mountain much more and the lighter the ski means you’ll be using less energy in every turn, you won't tire as quickly, you can ski for longer, ski faster, ski better.
Another point you’ll want to consider is the safety aspect of having your own skis. The Ski Bindings: When you buy your own skis the bindings are adjusted and set for you, ski bindings are designed to release when you have a fall, this helps to prevent injuries. The release value of a ski binding is called a DIN (Deutsches Institut für Normung) German Institute for Standardization and is the industry standard scale for release force settings for ski bindings. This setting uses a combination of factors, if set too high your ski binding won't release when you fall, set too low and it'll release while you’re just skiing along, both of these can lead to injuries.
Now when your ski hire is rushing to get people through on the first day are they going to spend the time checking and double-checking your ski bindings are set correctly and that they’re releasing correctly? Possibly not, and that's not a risk you want to take, we all lead busy lives, who wants to have an accident on holiday?
Purchasing your own skis gives you the peace of mind that your ski bindings DIN settings are correct, set for you, your ski boots sole length, your weight and ability. At Coyoti ski & snowboard our instore ski technicians will explain exactly how to maintain your bindings and when they'll need adjusting.
And lastly when you take your own skis on holiday then there's no more waiting for hours in the hire shop, you won't be rushing to take your hire skis back before the shop closes on the last day of your holiday. You just go straight out onto the slopes on the first morning and ski until the last lift closes on the last day basically you get more time to enjoy your skiing, who wouldn't want that.
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