Winter Park: Ski rental delivery " as easy as ordering a pizza
December 25, 2008
A new Winter Park business aims to make renting skis as easy as ordering a pizza.
Starting what they believe to be the first rental-ski delivery service in the Valley, Shane Aidala and David “Bill” Svenson launched BluBird Rentals this season.
“The whole goal of the experience is for the customer,” Aidala said, “to make getting their skis the best part of their vacation. It’s a pretty hefty order, but it’s what we shoot for.”
BluBird takes reservations for rental skis by phone or online. Customers supply needed rental information in advance to eliminate delays while on vacation.
Skis are then delivered straight to one’s condo the night before or the morning of the ski day, Aidala said. After the last run, customers choose where and when they’d like their equipment collected. This is a convenient benefit for those who may have a tight window to catch a plane after skiing, Aidala added.
Aidala and Svenson have 100 snowboards and sets of skis for rent in all sizes.
The equipment is all brand new, Aidala said, acquired through loans, savings and with help from the Grand County Business Economic Development Organization.
BluBird carries Salomon snowboards, Elan skis, Dalbello boots and helmets. Rentals come in “Silver” and top-of-the-line “Gold” packages.
“Even with all the uncertainty surrounding the economy, we feel people will still go skiing, and when they do, they can now have their skis delivered to them,” Svenson said.
Prices range from $30.99 a day to $53.99 a day. The longer the rental, the cheaper it is.
“We can deliver their skis while their eating breakfast,” Aidala said. “And if you’ve ever tried to go into a (ski shop) on a Saturday morning, it’s a zoo.”
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