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Alpenglow Expeditions Rental Fitting Guide

Ski Touring with a group in the Andes Mountains of Chile

Renting ski equipment from our rental fleet but aren’t quite sure what sizes you need? No worries, we can help out with that. It can be hard to get the correct sizing for your skis and ski boots if you don’t already know your sizes. Below we’ll take a quick dive into how to best-guess your ski and ski boot size while renting gear on your client portal. Let’s start with boots.


Alpenglow Expeditions Ski Boot Rental Fleet

While we do have a large array of boot sizes, our rental fleet is somewhat limited. We have boots ranging in size from 23.5 – 30.5, offering boots increasing in full sizes only (no half size increments). As an example, we have 23.5, 24.5, 25.5 boot sizes and so on. We’ve found that for most of our clients we can find a boot from our fleet that fits well. We will typically have several pairs of boots in each size, but once we have run out of boots in that size for the day you’ll unfortunately be out of luck. If we do run out of boots in your size, you can check out Tahoe Sports Hub in Truckee, CA. They have some great rental gear available.

If you are planning on renting equipment, we would recommend doing so immediately following making your booking, or doing so close there after to ensure that you get the boot and ski sizes that you need.


How To Fit Your Boots

If you do not already know your ski boot size, you can use this chart below as a guide for fitting your boots.


Ski Boot Size Chart
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This guide is pretty accurate to size, but there are always subtle differences in everyone’s feet and boot fit.



Alpenglow Ski Rental Fleet

Here at Alpenglow Expeditions we ride on a fleet of Fischer skis, and have a range of ski lengths. Similar to our boots, we typically have several pairs of skis in each size, but ultimately have limited availability. It is best to rent your equipment sooner rather than later in order to ensure we have your size skis available.



How To Fit Your Skis

If you do not already know what size skis you’ll need, you can use this chart as a general guide. A shorter ski will give you more control, and so we recommend airing on the shorter side.


Ski Size Chart
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This guide is a great starting point to choosing your ski size, but of course there are small differences with everyone. If you need further assistance picking out a ski or ski boot size, feel free to call the Alpenglow Expeditions Office Phone at (1) 877-873-5376.


Picking Up Your Rentals

Once you have made the reservation, you’ll need to come in the day before your course to try on and pick up your rental equipment. If your reserved boot or ski isn’t the proper fit, we can get you a different size as long as we have one available.

It is important that you come in the day before your course so that we can make sure we have the right fit for all of your equipment. Picking up rental equipment in the morning can be hectic and cause a course to start late if the office is particularly busy with rentals in the morning. We ask that everyone do their best to make it into the office to pick up rentals the day before their course.


Ready to book?

Our reservation system is open and accepting bookings for AIARE 1 avalanche courses, Backcountry 1.0, 2.0 & 3.0, as well as our full menu of winter adventure and education. If you are still feeling uncertain, we’ve relaxed our cancelation policy to make booking worry-free. Book a day out with us and if we can’t be open due to COVID-19, you’ll get a credit to use at a later date or a full refund.