Why Rent Gear?
There are several advantages to renting ski or snowboarding gear once you touchdown in Utah. As the team at Ski 'N See points out, this ensures you're using the right gear for the right conditions. Not all skis are ideally suited for Utah's snow conditions, which produces relatively light, dry powder in abundance with good "body."
Renting ski gear — either at the resort or in a nearby ski town — can save money in baggage fees and reduce stress in lugging around awkwardly large bags. However, traveling with a pair of ski or snowboard boots that you love and trust may be worth the extra checked bag to guarantee a custom fit — just be sure to bring the boots to the rental shop, so they can adjust binding to fit the rental skis or board. Bringing your own boots will also likely save money on rental packages.
Between "carving" and "powder" there is a lot of technical detail standing between you and the mountain. Even the length of your skis is a point of debate, especially as technology evolves quickly. Your choice of ski rental also has a lot to do with where you want to ski.
In brief, carving skis are typically tuned for fast runs down groomed trails and require some skill to turn correctly, while the wider underfoot width of a powder ski helps you maneuver in the soft stuff.
You'll also encounter gear in categories as diverse as "all mountain" and "big mountain," but it still matters which specific mountain you are skiing. The experts at the local rental shops will want to know which resorts are on your itinerary to further fine-tune the choice, based on each resort's unique characteristics.