Ski and Snowboard Equipment Hire
Getting all your ski equipment sorted for your ski holiday can be a daunting prospect. Fortunately, by pre-booking your equipment with Inghams, our in resort representatives will organise everything in advance for you, have your vouchers ready on arrival, and guide you towards your hire shop. Travel to the slopes with ease this winter and pre-book your ski hire with Inghams.
Ski hire categories
Ski hire shops offer up to three categories of skis and boots for you to choose from: blue, red and black. Although skis may vary from resort to resort, below is a basic guide to the different categories:
- The blue category is ideal for beginner to early intermediate skiers as they tend to be more flexible and easier to turn.
- The red category is a carving ski suitable for all keen intermediate skiers. These skis are more rigid, offering more stability and less shake when turning and at higher speeds. These skis are usually only one season old or new this winter.
- The black category is normally the highest grade of ski available to hire. These are carving skis, generally this season's new models, and are suitable for good intermediate/advanced skiers who can benefit from the higher technical specifications of this ski.
For snowboard hire and children’s ski hire, most resorts will offer just one category. This is usually labelled as red or "standard" equipment hire.
How to pre-book your ski hire
Pre-booking your ski hire through Inghams couldn’t be easier. You can add ski hire onto your holiday at the time of booking or by using our Manage My Booking portal at a later date. Alternatively you can add equipment hire by calling our reservations department on 01483 79 11 22.
You can pre-book ski hire at any point up to 3 days before your holiday. Please be aware that ski hire prices can fluctuate and may change from the time of your original booking. For up-to-date ski hire prices in your resort, take a look at the Ski Extras tab on individual resort pages.
If you can’t find equipment hire with Inghams that meets your needs, such as a different number of days on the mountains, you can also book with our in resort representatives when you arrive in resort. We offer all local hire at the same price as the ski hire shop.
Exchanging skis and snowboards
Looking to mix it up on your next ski holiday? In most of our resorts you can swap superior skis for a snowboard (or vice versa) during the week. Get the most out of your time on the mountain, and give both skiing and snowboarding a go.
We recommend wearing a helmet when skiing and snowboarding on the mountain. Helmets can be rented at a supplement in all resorts.
Helmet hire is especially important for children. In Italy (up to and including 13 years old), Slovenia (up to and including 14 years old) and parts of Austria (up to and including 15 years old) it is compulsory for children to wear a helmet on the slopes.
Children receive free helmet hire when renting equipment in selected resorts in Austria, France, Italy and Switzerland (see individual resort pages for details). And children under 6 years old in Lapland and up to 11 years old in Andorra, receive free helmets when renting with a full paying adult.
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