Black Tie Ski Rentals Save Travelers Time & Money

Posted By: The Ski Channel on October 22, 2013 3:13 pm

Any product, service, or company that can streamline an otherwise time-consuming, expensive, or frustrating process is undeniably valuable. This is especially true in the ski and snowboard industry, which can unfortunately be overwhelmed with inconvenient and costly operations. However, Black Tie Ski Rentals simplify the ski vacation experience for individuals, couples, and families alike.

Traveling can be the toughest part of any ski vacation, especially when that means transporting equipment. Skiers and snowboarders flying to a powder-filled escape may find their vacation getting off to a rocky start. According to information amassed by and published on the popular airfare tracking website, the average traveler looking to check a ski bag could be docked anywhere from $75 to as much as $400 per bag, depending on the airline and how far overweight the luggage is. Now, add that price to the charge for an oversized bag (another $50 to $300) and you’re looking at serious, vacation crippling losses in the funding department without even arriving at your destination. Of course, if you’re a savvy flier you could do that hurried repack-at-the-check-in-desk thing in an attempt to skirt the charges. The reality is, in most cases, there is simply no amount of repacking that can reduce the weight of your most necessary equipment.

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Co-founder Ian Prichard pictured (right) with a Black Tie Rentals employee. Photo: Black Tie Ski Rentals

Black Tie Ski Rentals are making the hunt for fresh winter pow simple with a luxury service for anyone traveling this season. Coming onto the scene in 2002 in Steamboat Springs, CO, Black Tie is a convenient rental shop on wheels. Instead of wasting away in rental shop lines, skiers and snowboarders alike can be fitted for equipment quickly, professionally, and conveniently within the comfort of their vacation abode.

“The idea dawned on us after country singer Alan Jackson requested an in-room fitting while visiting Steamboat more than 10 years ago,” said Prichard in a recent press release. “We realized we could provide the same convenient service to the skiing public at a competitive price. We offer the same equipment that’s found in traditional rental shops without the hassle of waiting in line.”

With 13 locations that service over 35 of North America’s most revered resorts, the company has experienced serious expansion in its 10 years of existence. Co-founders Ian Prichard and Joe Sternberg started the company in a one-car garage and saw it grow into a full blown operation, with locations in both the United States and Canada. Such successful expansion, in little over a decade, speaks not only to the demand for an easier rental option in the industry, but also to Black Tie’s unwavering commitment to the satisfaction of their customers.

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Ski rental equipment is brought right into your living room for fitting needs. Photo: Black Tie Ski Rentals

On October 14, 2013, Prichard stated in a press release that Black Tie Ski Rentals experienced its 3rd year of record growth in the 2012-2013 season. Prichard cites the dedication of the local branch owners as a main reason for the continued success, as well as the growing interest in ski rental delivery.  With available time for vacation becoming harder and harder to come by, he recognizes the need for skiers and snowboarders to maximize their time on the mountain.  “Our national marketing effort continues to help grow the overall awareness of ski rental delivery each season,” said Prichard. “I’ve always said that I want each person or family to walk into town asking where’s the best place to get ski rentals delivered rather than where to go to rent skis.”

Imagine how differently the process of boot fittings would go if they could be done in your hotel room. Black Tie makes that scenario a reality, in turn reducing the hassle and frustration of ski rentals all together. If you have on-snow equipment troubles, call the local Black Tie rep. They’ll meet you right at the base of the resort to fix the issue, and don’t worry about dropping your gear off at the end of your stay. Black Tie will pick it up for you! Just another practice they’ve adopted on their quest to truly make everything easy and stress-free for the customer. After all, it is vacation right?

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Black Tie Ski Rentals makes life easier, especially when traveling with the little ones. Photo: Black Tie Ski Rentals

Perhaps the most attractive part of the Black Tie Ski Rentals operation, especially for families with children, is how drastically you can reduce the amount of bags necessary to lug around with you on your trip. Instead of juggling giant duffle bags, ski bags, boot bags, carry-on bags, whatever your kids leave behind, and your kids themselves, you could potentially juggle only your carry-on and your children. By utilizing Black Tie’s services, you also eliminate the possibility of lost or broken equipment. It’s literally an option for no-worry travel. Almost everything you need to enjoy your vacation is ready and waiting for you at your destination.

If you’re planning on making a mountain trip this upcoming season and are looking for ways to cut costs and maximize on-snow time, Black Tie Ski Rentals is just the solution you’ve been looking for. Whether you’re hopping the border and hitting Whistler, or staying in the states and tearing up world-renowned resorts like Vail, Beaver Creek, Mammoth, Deer Valley, Park City, The Canyons, or Breckenridge, Black Tie is ready and waiting to deliver your equipment directly to your hotel room.  You need only pick up the phone and call or log on to to reserve your gear.

Here’s to wishing the overnight snow falls and blue bird powder days are many!