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Whether you are serious about purchasing ski and/or snowboard equipment, or simply wanting to test out the latest and greatest technology this winter, Christy Sports has you covered. Our ski/snowboard Demo programs offer options to suit both fancies.

For the true-to-the-slopes serious buyers in the market for ski / snowboard gear, Christy Sports’ Demo Test program is a perfect fit. What you see on the sales floor is exactly what you have the opportunity to rent and “test” before you buy.

“We use it (Demo Test) as a sales tool for the serious shopper,” says our very own Brian Sullivan, Director of Mountain Operations for Summit County and Winter Park Christy Sports locations.

Who is the Demo Program For?

Christy Sports’ Demo Rentals fleet offers top-of-the-line brand equipment for those who are renting, but not necessarily buying. Demo Rentals are designed for skiers and boarders who, either don’t have their own gear, or don’t want to bring their own gear, but still want to enjoy top of the line rental equipment. Each Christy Sports store carries 3-5 “select” models to have in stock and will have several of these models in multiple sizes on hand.

The biggest difference, then, between Demo Test rentals and the Demo Rentals fleet is the selection of equipment vs. quantity. Demo Test offers a rental for everything on the sales floor, but limited to one in each size, while in the Demo Rentals fleet, particular brands and models are limited in each Christy Sports rental shop, but there are typically plenty of those models in stock.

What You Should Know About the Demo Test Program

Some things to keep in mind when considering renting equipment through the Demo Test program are:

  • ONLY ONE of each model and size is available.
  • Equipment can only be rented for one day at a time, and needs to returned to the original store it was rented from.

“Customers can swap out equipment all day long at any Christy Sports location, but at the end of the day, that particular ski or board needs to come back to its original home,” Sullivan says.

  • No advanced reservations – online or by phone – can be made for Demo Test gear.
  • Demo Test equipment offered is based on availability and first-come first-serve.

How to Reserve Your Demo Rental Skis / Snowboards

Demo Rentals can be reserved in advance either online or over the phone. You receive a 20% discount for making an advanced reservation for Demo Rental gear. The cost to rent through the Demo Test program is the same as the walk-in rate for Demo Rentals.  Since advanced reservations cannot be made for Demo Test equipment, the 20% discounted advanced reservation rate does not apply.

The best thing about both the Demo Test program and Demo Rentals is the cost of a two-day rental can be put towards the purchase of brand new ski and/or snowboard equipment straight off the sales floor! So, whether you are looking to purchase skis or snowboards, or just want to test the newest gear of the season, it’s definitely a win-win. Stop by any of our Christy Sports locations and let our friendly staff get you geared up for the season with the best name brands in skis and snowboards!

Season Ski Rental - Season Snowboard Rental - Christy Sports

You just moved to a place that finally has some elevation and you’ve had one of the most exciting summers of your life exploring the Rockies. Yet, with every passing day, you hear more about the approaching legendary winter. Between ski sale events and season pass promos, for the first time in your life, you’re starting to use “excited” and “winter” in the same sentence. You simply can’t wait to see if all the hype surrounding skiing and snowboarding in the Rockies is worth believing.

However, the move out here wasn’t cheap and you’re starting to notice lift ticket prices. The price of an individual ticket makes you cringe. You also have the option to spend big all at once on a season pass (choose this option, trust me). After doing the math, purchasing new equipment might be difficult. On top of the cost, you’re not sure whether skiing or snowboarding is your true calling, and you don’t want to make a long-term commitment to either without trying them first. What to do?

Have you considered a season ski or snowboard rental from Christy Sports?

All it takes is a visit to your nearest Front Range Christy Sports to get fitted with the proper equipment for your ability level. From there, take the equipment with you…for the WHOLE season! The convenience doesn’t stop there. If you have an issue with any of your equipment, whether it is the fit of your boots, a ski pole that didn’t make it into the car or a malfunctioning ratchet on your snowboard binding, Christy’s has you covered. They have over 40 locations across Colorado and Utah, so no matter where you’re skiing or riding; when a problem arises, an expert technician is there to fix it.

Here’s another advantage to renting gear for the season. Say that you grab skis in September, and by mid-December you’ve already put some serious mileage on the sticks. Drop into a Christy Sports and get your ski rental gear tuned at no charge! Getting ski wax on your landlord’s carpet is probably not on your to-do list, which is why the friendly and experienced staff at any Christy Sports location is happy to get your rental equipment mountain-ready again.

Let’s look at another scenario. You select a pair of skis in September, but by mid-December, you’re bored of the pizza/French fry routine and you want to stand sideways instead. Do it! With a season rental from Christy Sports, you can swap out skis for a board, or vice versa, whenever you like. They say that variety is the spice of life, so why limit yourself to just one method of cruising the slopes?

Remember how I said to splurge and buy the season pass, even though you still need equipment? You can afford it, and here’s why: a season rental package starts at just $159 for an adult and $99 for a junior! That’s everything you need: boots, bindings, poles and a pair of skis or a snowboard. It’s yours from the day you pick it up until April 14, 2016. Not to mention you can switch between skis and a board as many times your heart desires, and Christy Sports even provides a free mid-season tune for your rental gear. Sound too good to be true? It’s not; this is the real deal. Everyone else reading this is thinking the same thing, which is why you need to hurry in and pick up your ski rental or snowboard rental for the season. The absolute last day to rent is November 22nd, but why wait when you can have your pick of the best gear available starting on September 25th?

If you thought summer in the Rockies was fun, just wait until the snow starts to pile up! Any negative feelings you have about winter will be replaced with happy thoughts of slashing powder during the day and learning the true meaning of après at night.

Rent once and ski or ride all season long with a season ski or snowboard rental package from your nearest Front Range Christy Sports. See you in the rental shop on September 25th!

For more information on Christy Sports Season Rentals, visit: www.christysports.com/season