Finally. A time, money and hassle saving solution to make your ski vacation easier (and save money). This winter, Mountain Threads has opened to offer high performance skiwear for rent to visitors to Colorado’s two dozen plus ski areas.
By renting by skiwear, you can skip the investment in clothing and accessories plus skip having to constantly see if last year’s clothes still fit (the kids, of course.) Renting is also a great option for beginners who don’t know if when they will pick up the sport.
I ran into this problem when my brother and I took Mirielle up to Squaw Valley last March. Winter clothes had been replaced with spring sets at discount and department stores. The “on sale” ski clothes were still 50 to $80 for either a jacket or snow pants. There was no way I was going to pay that kind of money. While I expected we would need the clothes for our first Connecticut winter, I had no idea what size she would be come winter. Plus, who pays 100-$150 for a three year old’s ski clothes that she’ll outgrow in a few months (except grandparents)?
With Mountain Threads, I could have visited the website and clicked around picking clothing and gear I wanted to rent. It’s not unlike online shopping, except dates needed are input when selecting sizes. Pay Pal or major credit cards are accepted for payment. Enter the delivery address and expect to see the skiwear when and where you need it. A toll free number is available to talk with a live person.
Package deals are available if you are renting all the clothes, or you can just pick specific items. Pricing seems reasonable. Helmets at Mountain Threads rent for 20-40% less than the ski shops I have been checking out in New England. Items are available for sale if you want a new pair of gloves or need extra thermals.
In the spirit of full disclosure, I was not paid to write this nor am I getting any compensation. I did however go to business school with Julie Petty, the founder of Mountain Threads. We spent our first year together with four other people, in a 10 by 14 foot room almost every school night.
As a parent, a traveler and a skier I am excited about this new service. As an old classmate, I am excited to see Julie leaving her VP job at a Fortune 100 company to start such a useful and innovative businesses. I have no doubt her passion, skill and focus on the customer will not only make Mountain Threads a successful business, but also a great experience for skiers visiting Colorado.
A couple of tips she gave me, first, specials on children’s skiwear should be arriving shortly so be sure to check the website. Second, Julie mentioned that airlines have been using her service for passengers with lost luggage. If you gear gets lost en route to your Colorado ski vacation, let the airline know about Mountain Threads, so you don’t miss any time on the slopes.
Mountain Threads wasn’t around when we went to Squaw, or in California. (hint, hint, expansion opportunity?) A friend generously loaned us her son’s gear which did the job. Considering Mirielle lasted less than fifteen minutes on skis, I am so glad I didn’t shell out the $100 plus.
If you are interested in learning more about Mountain Threads, or talking with the founder, I am more than happy to put you in touch with Julie. Also, I highly encourage other bloggers to get the word out on this cool, family and budget friendly service.