So, you want to come to Banff but don’t want to lug your ski gear around.
With all of the other inconveniences we face now at airports, why add another one? Not to worry – you’re well taken care of in this ski town.
Whether you need a full set up or just a tune up, Banff has it’s fair share of ski and snowboard rental shops and custom boot fittings. You’ll be hitting the slopes in no time.
Need to Rent Ski or Snowboard Gear?
Check out one of these options for ski rentals and fittings in Banff:
119 Banff Avenue
The Ski Hub is your one-stop shop for all things ski and snowboard. Here you can buy lift tickets for all three ski hills, rent equipment, sign up for ski lessons, seasons passes and purchase merchandise.
Conference Centre at the Banff Springs Hotel, 405 Spray Avenue
If you’re staying at the Banff Springs Hotel, this ski shop is located right on site and offers a convenient way to get your ski gear.
206 Banff Avenue
This shop rents both ski and snowboard gear, offers tune ups and fittings and has high end ski apparel to keep you warm on the slopes.
203A Bear Street
This shop rents gear and is especially known for its customized boot fittings. Be sure to head here if your boots are rubbing or if you’re getting cold toes on the hill.
225 Bear Street
This is one of Banff’s biggest rental stores specializing in ski, snowboard and mountain bike rentals.
215 Banff Avenue, 203 Wolf Street
Rude Boys now has two locations, one in Sundance Mall and the other on Wolf Street. They rent snowboards only.
Samson Mall, Lake Louise
This is a great option if you are staying in Lake Louise. Check out Wilson’s for your rental needs, located at Samson Mall in the Lake Louise Village.
Rentals at Local Ski Area
A Few Tips
*Many snowboard and ski rental stores turn into bike rental stores in summer, so be sure to inquire about their other options.
*A few ski rental stores also rent out alpine touring gear. If you’ve ever wanted to try the sport, this is a great way to try before you buy. Be sure to head out with an experienced backcountry skier and avalanche safety equipment.
*Even if you bring your own gear, Banff’s rental shops are highly specialized with tunings and boot fittings. It’s worth the time and money to get a good fit even if you’ve brought your own gear to use on the slopes.
*Some rental shops will deliver your ski gear to your hotel – be sure to ask about that.
*Many ski rental locations also rent out cross-country skis and snowshoes if you’re looking to enjoy the snow in a different way.
Did I miss one? Just comment and let me know! Thanks for sharing your local insights.
© Meghan J. Ward, 2011.