Should You Rent vs Buy Snowboarding Equipment? If you are new to the world of snowboarding, one of the first questions you will probably ask yourself is whether you should rent or buy snowboarding equipment. Either way, you will be spending money – how you choose to spend it is up to you! Take a look at the chart below to get a brief understanding of the top pros and cons of each option.
The top pros and cons – rent vs buy snowboarding equipment
To learn more about rent vs buy snowboarding equipment in detail, continue reading below. Or, if you’re ready to plan your next trip to the slopes, contact us at Blue Mountain Lodges! We offer a wide variety of ski in / ski out accommodations to help you have the perfect snowboarding experience in the Blue Mountain area!
Rent vs Buy Snowboarding Equipment – Which Is Right For You?
How often you go snowboarding will help determine which option is more worthwhile for you
When planning to go snowboarding, one of the first things you will need to determine is whether you want to rent your snowboarding equipment or buy it. Both of these options have pros and cons – and one may help you save money over the other depending on a number of factors. In general, the items you will need to either buy or rent include:
- Snowboarding jacket
- Snowboarding pants
See below for a price comparison, a budget breakdown, and more on what option will be best for you depending on how often you snowboard!
Comparison Chart – How Many Times Do I Need To Snowboard To Make Buying Equipment Worth It?
Renting average price: $54 per day
Buying all equipment average price: $1430
The cost on average to rent equipment per day is $54. To buy all the equipment you’ll need to safely snowboard, the cost upfront will be around $1430 (In the section below we’ll go over a budget breakdown). At first, it may seem like there’s no comparison between $54 and $1430 – however, costs can and will add up if you plan on hitting the slopes multiple times per season. Check out the chart below to see how long it will take before renting equipment becomes more expensive than owning equipment.
How long will it take for buying equipment to be more cost-effective than renting?
Every snowboarder is different – there really is no ‘average’ when it comes to how many times the average snowboarder will go snowboarding per season. There are lots of factors, such as proximity to the slopes, ability to take time off, and how many months ski/snowboarding season lasts in your area.
However, for the purpose of this comparison, we’ve taken a look at some of the top snowboarding forums and discussion boards to see what the avid snowboarders have to say. The average appears to be about 20-30 days, with some snowboarding fans going more than 50-60 days per year!
According to the numbers above, by day 30, it is more cost effective to own your equipment rather than rent it. For an avid snowboarder, that means they will get their money’s worth within the first year. For beginners or avid boarders who don’t have access to the slopes as often, you will most likely get your money’s worth by year 2 or 3.
For those who snowboard occasionally, you may not get your money’s worth until year 5 or more. In that case, it is probably more cost effective to rent than to own. If you are only snowboarding 5-6 times per year, it probably doesn’t make sense to spend $1000+ on equipment you will only use for a few days per year. Renting your equipment will be most cost-effective.
Also, if you are still new and not totally sure what you need or what you want or like, renting equipment can help you get a feel for the equipment so you have a better idea of what you want to buy in the future.
Renting vs Buying – Which Is More Worthwhile?
Renting equipment can cost just $54 per day; great for those who snowboard infrequently
Renting equipment for a day is actually relatively inexpensive. For example, renting equipment at Blue Mountain can be as cheap as $54 (which is the average price no matter where you go) for an entire snowboarding package for one day (8 hours). The snowboarding package includes the snowboard, your boots, the helmet, and your valet package. You’ll need to bring your snowboarding pants, jackets, and other winter gear separately.
The price to buy your equipment will greatly vary. It will depend on a number of factors – are you buying a brand new board, or a used board? Are you okay with a ‘cheap’ jacket, or do you want to ensure you’ll stay warm with a high-quality one?
According to Transworld Snowboarding, the total price to buy standard equipment will cost you around $1000 or more. Here is a budget breakdown below:
- Snowboard with bindings: $465 (snowboard and bindings usually sold separately)
- Snowboarding boots: $220
- Goggles: $100
- High-quality gloves: $175
- Average-quality snowboarding jacket: $150
- Average-quality snowboarding pants: $100
- Synthetic underwear & socks: $100
You’ll also need a snowboarding/ski helmet, which typically costs around $120 on average. In total, you’re looking to spend $1430 for all of your middle-of-the-road snowboarding equipment, which is ideal for a beginner.
Remember, you can find certain items for more or less. If you want a cheaper snowboard, you can find some for as little as $120. Or, if you’re prone to the cold, you can get much more expensive jackets for $300 or more! However, for the purpose of this comparison, we are just taking the average price of each option.
Top Three Snowboarding Brands in Ontario
When buying your snowboard, choose your equipment carefully to ensure it lasts!
If you think that buying equipment is the right choice for you, it’s time to figure out where to buy! Here are the top three snowboarding brands you can buy in Ontario (and the rest of Canada) with price ranges to help you get started on your snowboarding shopping spree.
General Price Range For Boards: $480 – $1,500+
Shop For Boards: Mens / Womens
Burton is probably one of the most well-known snowboarding brands. If you’ve you’ve been by the slopes, there’s a good chance you’ve seen lots of Burton gear!
General Price Range For Boards: $390 – $1,200+
Shop For Boards: Mens / Womens
K2 Snowboarding offers a wide variety of snowboarding equipment and boards. K2 was traditionally a ski company until the 1990’s when they began offering snowboarding equipment. They have been around for over 50 years.
General Price Range For Boards: $390 – $700+
Shop For Boards: Mens / Womens
Ride Snowboards provides snowboarders with all the equipment they need, often for lower prices. Ride Snowboards has been in the snowboarding business for over 19 years, and they aim to create products that are ideal ‘for the people.’
Top Three Places To Rent Snowboarding Equipment In Ontario
You can choose to rent your equipment right at the slopes, or from a rental store
If you don’t think you’ll get your money’s worth from buying your own equipment but would still like to enjoy the slopes every now and then, check out our listing of the best places to rent snowboarding equipment in Ontario!
Snowboarding Package Day Cost: From $54 for adults
Snowboarding Package Night Cost: From $49 for adults
Planning a winter trip to the Blue Mountains wouldn’t be complete without trying out the slopes at least once! Blue Mountain offers two rental centres, located at Activity Central Building and South Base Lodge.
All-Inclusive Weekday Rental Package: $50 (day) / $45 (night)
All-Inclusive Holiday/Weekend Rental Package: $55 (day & night)
Alpine Sports Blue Mountain offers a wide variety of rental packages for your skiing and snowboarding needs! You can choose to select rental packages, that include everything you need, or rent a select few items (such as just a board).
Burton LTR Snowboarding Package: $35 per day
Burton LTR Snowboarding Package: $169 week long
Sport Rentals is located in Toronto (Concord) on Keele Street. They offer a wide variety of packages depending on how long you want to rent equipment for. Their website also offers tips such as the best places to go snowboarding and other equipment rentals, such as cycling and outdoor gear.
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