Q: Why should I rent from you?
A: Our equipment is top of the line and is maintianed to a high standard, our pricing is competitive and we have a friendly, relaxed atmosphere with experienced staff who are excitied about skiing and snowboarding on the North Shore.
Q: Are you cheaper than the hill?
A:We are the same or less expensive depending on the category.
Q: Do you sell lift tickets?
A: Nope, we're not affiliated with Lutsen Mountains in any way.
Q: Do we have to bring the skis/boards back every night?
A: No, you can hold them overnight on multi-day rentals.
Q: Are my toes supposed to be touching the end of my boots?
A: Yes, a little. If they're crunched and uncomfortable, let us know and we'll get you a larger size boot! You should be able to touch the front of the boot a little. It's a sign of a good fit!
Q: Should I wear my thick socks?
A: No, we don't reccommend it. A thin wool or wool blend sock is ideal for skiing or boarding. If you go too thick, it can cut off the circulation in your foot and remove any trapped air insulation value, making them a whole lot colder. If you still have cold feet, we recomend adding toe warmers and a hearty breakfast!
Q: What's with the super fat skis? Can you ski then on piste/hardpack?
A: You can ski them anywhere! The larger surface area and increased mass dampen vibrations, help stabilize landings and increases you're effective edge leverage. Rockered camber in the tip and tail aids in turn initiation and makes the ski more versitale across a variety of terrain.
Q: What exactly are "backcountry skis?"
A: Backcountry skiing is what it sound like, skiing out in the backcountry, blazing your own trail . It combines elements of cross country and downhill, bringing skiing back to its utilitarian roots. Backcounty skiis have either fishscales or a wax pocket for uphill and flat terrain and metal edges and sidecut to aid in turning.
Q: What's the difference between the modern and traditional snowshoes?
A:Traditional snowshoes are for venturing off the beaten path. They offer more flotation, better tracking and have the ability to drain snow that falls onto the top of the snowshoe. Modern snowshes have a mountainering heritage so they excell in steep terrain due to their built in crampons and small size. It is an incorrect notion that traditional snowshoes are difficult to use or that modern snowshoes are superior.