Calling All Outdoor Gear Enthusiasts! (Take this survey.)

Take the Highline Magazine survey!

Take the Highline Magazine survey!

Mountain people often get a bad rap for being a bunch of gear junkies. But Highline Magazine thinks there’s more to the story. We’re conducting a survey to get to know our readers (and their gear closets) better! You’ll find some of the results in the Fall 2014 Issue as part of a piece I’m working on…

So, if you love the outdoors and the gear that gets you there, please take the time to fill out this survey, and you could win a $100 gift card from Mountain Equipment Co-op!

Take the survey!

Guide to Ski Rentals in Banff

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:

Abominable Sports

229 Banff Avenue

Abonimable specializes in fitting and renting ski equipment. They know that when you are looking to hire ski gear, you’re looking for quality gear at affordable prices. Their friendly and knowledgeable will make sure your ski rental experience is hassle-free so you can spend more time out on the slopes.

Banff Ski Hub: Ski Banff -Lake Louise- Sunshine Tri Area Rentals

114 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.

Banff Springs Ski Shop

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.

Ultimate Ski & Ride

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.

The Ski Stop and Soul Fit Centre

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.

SNOWTIPS – Bactrax

225 Bear Street

This is one of Banff’s biggest rental stores specializing in ski,  snowboard and mountain bike rentals.

Rude Boys

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.

Wilson Mountain Sports

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

Lake Louise Ski Area

Banff Mt. Norquay

Sunshine Village

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.