‘Ski head board’: Ski heads in ski board rental shops to get rid of ‘bad vibes’
SIX ski heads are calling on ski operators to stop renting skis at their rental shops because of a rise in “bad vibe” in the ski industry, as new data shows more people are opting to buy skis and board rentals than to rent them.
The Ski Heads Association, a coalition of ski heads from across the United States, launched a petition in support of ski operators who have started to offer a variety of services to rent skis to customers, including board rentals.
The group, which is not affiliated with the International Ski Federation, has collected nearly 100,000 signatures so far.
The group has also launched a website where customers can find out if a particular ski is available and how much it costs.
The website is not endorsed by the ISF, and the group does not endorse the ski operators.
The petition, signed by more than 120 ski operators, states that they “have seen an uptick in bad vibes and complaints” at their local ski shops.
It also says skiers who have been complaining about the bad vibe, especially about the rental prices, are not receiving the services they need.
“We’re seeing a growing number of people seeking to rent a ski, and in some cases we’re seeing more than one person asking to rent it,” said Jim DeMarco, the association’s president and chief executive officer.
The association said that when operators began to offer services, they did not always have a full-time staff, so they have not had the full-staff support they need to provide a complete service.
The association also has not had a full staff to provide safety and support for operators.
“The lack of a full ski team means that operators have had to cut back on their staffing, including on safety, and also on the safety of the operators and the staff,” the petition states.
It adds that ski operators should not be forced to hire more staff, but rather should be given the opportunity to do so.
“Operators should be able to work with their customers to offer service to the people they rent and rent at their discretion, and to take advantage of the customer’s convenience.”
According to the IFS, rental rates have increased from $5,500 to $10,000 for a ski rental, and $20,000 to $25,000 a ski board.
DeMarco said operators need to focus on providing “safety and support to the customers” in order to maintain their “full service.”
“If we have a customer who wants to buy a ski and it’s not available for rent, we need to know that’s a good option and that the ski operator is providing that service,” he said.
Ski operators are also under pressure to keep up with growing demand, with a recent survey by AccuWeather showing that more than half of all skiers were renting a ski to someone in 2018.
According the survey, the average rental price for a one-person-per-ski ride in the U.S. is now $521.30, up from $500 a few years ago.