Big White offers a large rental fleet of skis and snowboards, and all are backed by our service guarantee. Get your Ski Rental or Snowboard Rental when you arrive, save the hassle.

Skiing

Boots
There are a number of different styles of ski boots, but the most important thing is that they are comfortable, though snug on your feet.

When you arrive at the Big White rental shop, come with a pair of medium to lightweight ski socks. Ski socks are different as they fit snuggly around your foot minimizing blisters or chafing and provide warmth. Wearing two pairs of socks for warmth may seem like a good idea, however, this can lead to blisters and chafing.

With the right socks on, your big toe should barely touch the front of the boot and when you bend your knee, your big toe should be able to slide back very slightly. Make sure there aren’t any pressure points or any pinching. Your rental tech will be able to help you select the right-sized boots so you don’t need to remember all of this. Remember that ski boots are not meant to feel like slippers. They should fit snuggly around your foot when fully done up. The movements that you make with your feet need to travel through the boots to make the skis turn which is why a snug fit is required.

Skis
Like most sports, there are different skis for different types of ability, gender and the type of terrain and snow conditions you’re looking to explore. Big White offers rental skis designed for beginners. To the eye, you can’t tell the difference, but there is a more exaggerated shape to the ski that helps make turning easier which allows beginner and intermediate skiers to improve faster. When renting, simply let your rental technician know you’re starting out in the sport and they’ll help select the right beginner ski for you.

Poles
Poles are used to help with balance and rhythm when skiing. A rental technician will be able to assist choosing the right-sized poles for your height.

Snowboarding

Boots
For beginner snowboarders, boots feel a lot more comfortable than ski boots. However, the same boot fitting principles apply. Don’t forget those medium to lightweight socks and remember that your boots, like ski boots, should fit snuggly around your foot when done up. Snowboard socks are different as they fit snuggly around your foot minimizing blisters or chafing and provide warmth. Wearing two pairs of socks for warmth may seem like a good idea, however, this can lead to blisters and chafing as well.

With the right socks on, your big toe should barely touch the front of the boot and when you bend your knee, your big toe should be able to slide back very slightly. Make sure there aren’t any pressure points or any pinching. Your rental tech will be able to help coach you through selecting the right sized boots so you don’t need to remember all of this. Your snowboard boot should fit snuggly around your foot when filly done up. The movements that you make with your feet need to travel through the boots to make the snowboard turn which is why a snug fit is required.

Board
Like skis, there are a number of different types of boards for ability level, gender and terrain type of snow you’re planning to hit. Big White offers boards that are designed specifically for beginners. You can’t tell by looking at the board but they are shaped slightly different to make turning a little easier. In addition, there is a very slight upwards angle on the edge of the board which helps decrease the number of times a beginner catches an edge.

As you progress, board selection will change depending on gender (women specific boards) and the type of snowboarding you’re looking to do: big mountain or parks riding. Our trained technicians can help find the right board for you.


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