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September 02, 2009

Bag the Baggage Fees with Ski and Snowboard Rentals

The best way to eliminate the hassle and the cost of excess luggage

Denver, Colo., Winter, 2009-10—The debut of baggage fees last season on most major airlines for almost all luggage on flights into ski destinations was not great news for skiers and snowboarders who love their annual destination ski trips. However, savvy skiers and riders did the math and discovered that renting equipment at their chosen destination allowed them to avoid the excess baggage fees and the hassle of packing and paying to transport their gear. Instead, with the ease and convenience of online booking through www.rentskis.com, visitors could “test-drive” the latest demo equipment. The online service offers top-of-the-line demo equipment as well as intermediate Performance and Sport packages while providing an appealing alternative to dragging equipment through busy airports, from distant satellite parking lots, and across icy pavement. Skiers and riders can reserve their equipment in advance and their gear is ready and waiting at one of the dozens of major resorts in the western United States.

Renters select their equipment and then find the shop closest to their lodging. Gear, including boots, can be reserved either online at www.rentskis.com or toll free at 800-544-6648. Once guests arrive at the resort, they simply go to the shop to sign their paperwork and get their reserved equipment fitted before heading out the door.
 
With numerous locations in Colorado, California, Utah, and the Rocky Mountain states, skiers and riders can now simplify their winter vacation with the largest and most efficient rental equipment system in North America. Travelocity, Expedia, Vacation Roost, Orbitz, Ski.com, and Skireport.com all use rentskis.com as their preferred equipment provider. Most shops are slopeside for maximum convenience with additional locations in a variety of mountain communities as well as at metropolitan ski shops in Denver, Colo., Salt Lake City, Utah, and the San Francisco/Oakland Bay Area in Calif. 
 
Rates vary depending on time of season and location and for every set of adult performance or demo equipment rented, a junior (age 12 or younger) gets a free rental for the same number of days at selected stores during non-peak periods.  Renters even have a rock solid guarantee—if the equipment isn’t satisfactory, they receive a refund for that day’s rental and can exchange their board(s) for another set-up.
 
Options range from the Sport Package for beginners through intermediates with rates ranging from $15-$47/day depending on resort and season, the Performance Package for intermediate to advanced skiers with prices ranging from $18- $52/day, and Demos for the most cutting-edge equipment including popular skis from K2 and the most sought after models from Rossignol, Salomon, Volkl, and Dynastar ranging in price from $26 - $62/day. Advance reservations receive up to 20 percent off the regular, walk-in daily price so advance planning can save some appreciable cash. Snowboarders can choose from Burton’s line including their innovative Learn to Ride equipment or the latest selection from Salomon and Ride.  
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About Vail Resorts
Vail Resorts, Inc., through its subsidiaries, is the leading of mountain resort operator in the United States. The Company's subsidiaries operate the mountain resort properties at the Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone mountain resorts in Colorado, the Heavenly Ski Resort in the Lake Tahoe area of California and Nevada and the Grand Teton Lodge Company in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. The Company's subsidiary, RockResorts, a luxury resort hotel company, manages casually elegant properties across the United States and the Caribbean. Vail Resorts Development Company is the real estate planning, development and construction subsidiary of Vail Resorts, Inc. Vail Resorts is a publicly held company traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: MTN). The Vail Resorts company website is www.vailresorts.com and consumer website is www.snow.com.

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