Forget the crowd scene at the rental shop. Black Tie brings the rentals to wherever you’re staying. I signed up on the website before I left town, so they had all my info when they showed up. A few minor checks & adjustments and I was good for the next morning.
It’s got to be the fastest, most comfortable, most convenient rental process on the planet. Co-founders Ian Prichard & Joe Sternberg started out of their garage in Steamboat Springs, Colorado with a van in 2002. Now with 11 locations in North America, Black Tie is the premier delivery ski & snowboard rental business.
Two days later I decide to demo another pair of skis. They came to my cabin and swapped out my skis. Slick. Then on the last night of the trip, I’m sitting on my aprés-ski bar stool having a grand time with no recollection that I have rental skis to return. Black Tie calls me on my cell. How did everything work out? Do I want to use the skis another day? I confess my situation and throw in that I have an early morning flight. No problem. They’ll swing by tonight, if I’m not around, they’ll pick up the gear tomorrow morning. Just leave it on the deck when I head to the airport. Bartender, another round!
Each location is an owner operated branch office, so quality & service remains the same no matter where you go. The Big Sky, Montana location was the first licensed branch to open in 2004. Now they boast branches in Aspen/Snowmass, Breckenridge/Keystone, Crested Butte, North Tahoe, Park City/Deer Valley, South Tahoe, Vail/Beaver Creek, and Whistler Blackcomb. New for the 08/09 season will be the Telluride, Colorado branch. So basically they’re any where you want to go skiing.
All in all, a pretty sweet company. I’ll definitely look ’em up for my next ski vacation.