To get the very best value for your money it's best to pre-book your equipment hire with Skiworld before your holiday as we have not only secured the best prices but selected specific shops close to your accommodation or with a pick-up and drop-off service.
Find out how much you can save by booking your lift pass and ski hire together on our ski essentials page.
Hiring ski equipment isn’t the lottery it used to be. The vast improvement and variety in both ski and snowboard technology means that hiring your equipment can be a great option for first time skiers and veterans alike; providing the latest and most well-reputed models to suit all styles and sizes.
Not only does ski hire save you the hassle of ski carriage it gives you the flexibility to exchange your ski equipment at any point during your holiday making you adaptable to changing snow conditions.
Plus, pre-booking your ski hire has never been easier - Simply choose what you need when you reach our ski essentials page in your holiday booking journey and we will make sure you can pick up your ski hire whenever suits you. Already booked? Also no problem, log into our 'My Skiworld' service to manage your booking and add your ski hire.
Read our handy blog Ski Hire: Which is Right for You? for more help finding your perfect level.
We have four levels of ski hire in our French and Swiss resorts; Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum, and three in Austrian resorts: Silver (Economy), Gold (Premium) and Platinum (Superior). Ski models shown below are examples of each grade, skis rented will be of a similar standard to those shown.
If you have your own skis/snowboard and boots, you can pre-book ski carriage on our flights to take your equipment with you. Please be sure to request this as early as possible by calling 0330 102 8004 as ski carriage allowance on certain flights can be filled quickly. Please be aware luggage allowances and ski carriage prices vary on different airlines.
Good enough for our guests? Good enough for us!
Skiworld is a company run by skiers, for skiers, and our overseas staff use the same ski hire suppliers as our guests. What better way to find out about our equipment hire (and get some choice recommendations!) than from the people that use it on a daily basis?
Katy Atkinson - "I have been riding my K2 Missdemeanors for three and a half seasons now and I’m still in love with them. They are great all mountain skis so I can use them in all snow conditions. They have some pairs of K2 skis in both our hire shops here in Val d’Isere and I would definitely recommend giving them a go! Amongst the gold ski hire selection they also have Rossignol Unique 4s which are ultra-lightweight carving skis for women with 20% less weight than their predecessors. I also ride a Burton Genie snowboard. I bought it initially to learn on 2 seasons ago but I still have fun on it now I am a more able snowboarder. The board uses Burton’s flat to rocker tech which makes it stable and easy to ride and is also flexi enough to be able to do tricks on. Sport 2000, Skiworld’s hire shop rents out Burton so you can give their gear a try too!"
Sara McDonald - "On my second season I took the plunge and bought by own pair of skis - K2 Missconducts, after being recommended them through the ski hire shop in Tignes. I love them, so light and easy to ride. Most of the girls I have met over my seasons also have chosen to ride K2’s, we always have fun on them. I also know that this season's version are available in Intersport!"
Joel McBride - "The ski hire shop allowed me to try this board and I bought it straight away – I would not want to use anything else! There are plenty reasons why I like this board... I love the flex of the board - it helps me to pop up when doing freestyle tricks on piste. I love that the board is about 30cm smaller than me, making it easier to spin it round when pulling off the most rad 180s and 360s. The bindings are comfortable and are padded, I haven’t felt them slip all season, which is more than I can say for previous boards. I’m not a fan of patterned boards – I like simplicity and block shapes and the DRAKE logo and the top of the board cater for this."
Ben Simpson - "My weapons of choice are Dynastar Big Troubles - Dynastar make their skis in the Chamonix Valley so they certainly know what they're talking about! As all mountain twin tips, they are stiff enough to bite on piste and the hard packed off piste but they are great in the powder too. Dynastar's 2015 range of skis continue to be a bench mark, especially for the off piste and all mountain range."
Sam Ely - "I ride a Burton Joystick. I like it because the v-shape of the board helps keep its nose out of the powder. It’s also very flexible which helps spring me back in to position when I make a mistake. Finally and most importantly the hire shop gave me a great deal on purchasing it!"
Gemma Hedges - "I ski on Armada Cantika skis - they are a lightweight 80mm ski which are great for skiing on all over the mountain. They are twin tips so I can ride switch when I fancy messing around on the mountain and cruising through the park. I love skiing piste and these are a great ski for this, they fly over little moguls in my way! They are also very beautiful and match my purple salopettes! I had broken my last pair of skis last year and when my birthday came around I popped into one of our hire shops in Tignes, the guys there were great, recommended these and let me trial them for a day and I instantly fell in love with them and went back before lunchtime to buy them!"
George Andrews - "Line Travelling Circus – 179cm. I bought the Line Travelling Circus skis after being recommended them by a local Intersport. Although a park ski, I use them as every day, go anywhere, do anything skis. Wider than normal they work well in all conditions but what drew me to them was the bombproof construction. As someone with a penchant for breaking his equipment I love the old school style bases that don’t scratch, chip or slow me down. These things are not only great fun but I know I will me skiing them for years to come!"
Rebecca Crannis - "I have only ever hired skis and the Volkl Aurena women’s skis are without doubt the best skies I've ever tried. Light and smooth, but also stable, these excel at long, loopy turns at higher speeds, and really inspire confidence, so much so that I was told I’d never skied better – and I’d never really thought that it could make that much of a difference. They definitely perform better on piste than off, which is perfect for me and I love the purple design (as I am tall I always seem to get masculine colours…). To top it off the hire shop in Mottaret was a mere 30 seconds walk from my chalet, making transfer days a breeze!"
Paul Kay - "I’ve had the chance to hire some fantastic top of the range/latest edition skis and tried several from the friendly, local ski hire shop, but always return to my favourites the Salomon Pocket Rockets (175cm). I bought these skis in 2004 after hiring them with Skiworld. They treated me well for two seasons and then I put them in a back room to gather dust. Two years ago, for a retro day, I had them serviced and took them out for a laugh. I’ve not skied on anything else since! They are not skis, they are toys. These are the skis which changed the face of what skiing was - true game changers. The ratings at the time said they were great in powder, great in the air, but not great on piste – absolute rubbish! Put these things on their edge and apply some pressure and they can carve as well as anything out there. I challenge you to show me a set of skis which are more capable."
Sarah Searson - "My favourite place to ski is Vail and Breckenridge in Colorado. The empty pistes, the quality of the snow and the opportunity to ski powder safely without a guide far outweigh the transatlantic flight and jet lag. My skis of choice were the K2 Potion 84 XTI rented from Alpine Sports in Breckenridge. The super friendly staff pick you up in their minibus and you can even pick up a coffee and a cookie on your way out, as they have a coffee shop on site. The K2s are very lightweight, and a great all-mountain ski. They are very quick and fast turning = fun to ride. For a light ski they don’t chatter at high speed (I topped 100 km/h) and are great at carving. But best of all they float in powder. And in Colorado the powder is light - even in April."
Any loss or damage to hired equipment must be reported to the ski hire shop immediately. It must be paid for in resort and the appropriate insurance claim submitted when you return to the UK. (This depends on your policy and is subject to conditions. Please make sure you are aware of the level of cover offered by your policy). Many shops offer ‘top up’ insurance to cover excesses. In some resorts a refundable deposit is payable for hire equipment as well as separate breakage insurance. You must ensure that your equipment is returned to the hire shop before closure on the day before departure or the day of travel. See more on insurance and find out about the options available.
If you decide not to pre-book your lift passes or ski rental, yet are staying in one of the resorts in which we offer this service, your Skiworld resort team will be able to help you shortly after your arrival in resort. Please note that when booking this way we may only be able to take card payments, not cash.
We regret that we will be unable to intervene should the skis or service you receive from a shop that is not part of our network prove deficient or below standard.