Oxygene is an established, family-run ski school in the French Alps, predominantly in the resorts of the Tarentaise Valley but now also in Megeve in the Haute Savoie region. For the last 25 years they have also run 2 ski hire shops (in La Plagne and Val d’Isere) so aren’t strangers to the rental game. They know that it’s a personal choice whether to rent or buy your equipment, after all renting isn’t for everyone. To work out whether you would be best suited to renting or buying your ski clothing for your holiday this season read on and consider the following questions.
Is it your first time skiing? If the answer is yes, then hiring your ski clothing is a no-brainer. You don’t yet know if skiing is going to become a passion so why would you splash a load of cash on clothing you might never wear again.
How often do you ski? If you ski once a year ask yourself, is it worth buying a ski outfit for it to sit in the wardrobe for the other 51 weeks of the year? In this case it will actually be cheaper for you to rent an outfit each year than to own one. If you ski three or more weeks a year, you are more likely to benefit from buying your own clothing as you will maximise the wear of it.
Are you fashion conscious? If you are, then renting could be for you as you can guarantee you will always be wearing the new season’s styles and colours on the slopes.
Do you like shopping? If the answer is no, then renting is the solution. Even if you do like shopping you may not have time to browse all the ski shops to find your ideal outfit.