Chamonix boasts dozens of ski and snowboard hire shops. Most of them are located in the town centre and around the lifts that take you from the foot of the slopes to the heart of the ski area.
How to rent snowboard & ski equipment in Chamonix - A step-by-step guide
It’s very easy to rent your ski gear in Chamonix – just follow these simple five steps and you’ll be all set to hit the slopes.
1. Choose a ski hire shop: First of all, you need to decide where you’re going to rent your equipment from. Our top tip is to pick a place that’s near your accommodation or close to the slopes, that way you’ll avoid having to carry heavy skis across resort. You will find plenty of ski hire shops throughout the Chamonix valley. Most of them are located in the centre of Chamonix Town and around the main lifts connecting the bottom of the valley with the slopes in Les Houches (Prarion and Bellevue), Brévent, Flégere, Grands Montets, Le Tour and Vallorcine. Use the Map button at the top of our Ski Hire page to see the location of the best ski hire shops in Chamonix.
2. Pre-book your ski hire online: To avoid queues and benefit from the best deals, it’s always a good idea to pre-book your snowboard and ski hire online. Click on the Prices & Options button on our Ski Hire page – it’ll take you straight to the ski hire shop’s website and you’ll be able to benefit from special discounts for SeeChamonix.com customers (if and when available). By selecting your dates and the rental’s duration, you’ll be able to see what’s available to book.
3. Choose your perfect gear: Most ski hire shops in Chamonix have a range of gear on offer. Be honest with your skills when choosing your category, you want your gear to help you comfortably glide down the pistes. After selecting your category, you’ll have to insert your personal information as well as some basic data for the shop’s staff to get your gear ready - generally your height, weight and shoe size. Worry not, however, they’ll fit your equipment when you pick it up. You’ll also be able to add on optional equipment like helmets and services like ski hire insurance.
4. Pick up your equipment: You’re all set – you’ll just need to stop by the shop to pick up your equipment. We recommend you collect it the evening before your first ski day if possible as it’ll give you more time on the slopes. Many shops also offer delivery to your accommodation and you can even ask if there are ski lockers available at the shop and leave your equipment there, ready to pick up in the morning as you head to the lifts. When you go to collect your equipment, shop staff will adjust your order if necessary to ensure you're given the right type and length of skis or snowboards for your ability and size. They may ask you for a personal document as a security deposit, which they will return when your rental period ends. Should there be anything wrong with your equipment, or if the fit of your boots doesn't feel quite right after the first day snowboarding or skiing, you can return to the shop to have them refitted or exchanged. A lot of ski hire shops will also let you swap your equipment during your rental period so you can try out different brands and styles – ask when picking up your gear.
5. Return your gear: Ski hire shops are usually open for a couple of hours after the lifts have stopped running, so you’ll have time to return your equipment even if you’re the last one on the pistes. The shop’s staff will check for damage and give you back your document. As for payment, it depends on the shop. Some will ask you to pay when you’ve pre-booked your rental gear, some at the time of picking it up and many when you return it.
Our local team’s top tip: Tour operators, hotels and local chalet owners in [rename] are usually familiar with the rental market and often have good relationships with ski and snowboard rental shops, meaning they can offer you great deals. They're also likely to have chosen a ski hire shop close to your accommodation so you won't have to walk far to collect all your gear. Some may even organise for your skis and boots to be brought to your chalet on your first night so you're ready to go in the morning. Also, should you need to return to the hire shop at any point in the week, you can more than likely organise this through your accommodation provider.