Boston Ski and Tennis
180 Needham St.
Newton, MA 02464
Price: from $189 for seasonal rental packages
Boston Ski and Tennis offers full-service renting for your entire family. Both children and adults will find a full selection of new and used gear for rent. To get started with renting winter sports equipment from Boston Ski and Tennis, make an appointment online with one of the shop’s knowledgeable staff. The $25 appointment fee will be credited to your season-long rental package. The package includes your custom fitting with Boston Ski and Tennis staff, skis or a snowboard, and boots.
Ski & Sport Shack
408 Main St.
Wakefield, MA 01880
Price: from $19 ski rentals/from $39 snowboard rentals
Ski & Sport Shack is more than worth the short trip to Wakefield. It rents everything from snowboards to boots, and alpine skis to ski racks. This full-service ski shop gives you the option of renting for a day, a week or even a season. You have the option of renting either used or brand new equipment. Take your pick from downhill, cross country or alpine skis, or try snowboarding at a great price.
Centre Ski & Bike
1239 Washington St.
West Newton, MA 02465
Price: from $125 rental packages
Centre Ski & Bike carries everything you’d need to rent for snow season. It offers season-long rental packages that include a custom fitting for everything you need to enjoy the winter weather. This means you get skis or a snowboard along with boots, poles and bindings. It also offers junior rental packages that come with “growth insurance,” an absolute must-have if you have kids. Once your child is outfitted by Centre Ski & Bike, if he or she hits a mid-winter growth spurt, just come in and get all-new rentals on better fitting gear.
Country Ski and Sport
161 Quincy Ave.
Quincy, MA 02169
Price: from $99 packages
Country Ski and Sport offers season-long lease and rental packages available for skis and snowboards. Choose from a wide selection of rental choices in both new and used equipment. While most of its packages are geared specifically toward families and kids, it just started offering adult-specific lease packages for skis. While you may find some of its seasonal lease prices to be a little more expensive than others, you’ll see the difference in the variety and the quality of the rental equipment immediately.
Joe Jones Sun & Ski Sports
296 Old Oak St.
Pembroke, MA 02359
Price: from $25 a day for ski and snowboard rentals
Joe Jones Sun & Ski Sports are not quite as easy to get to since it moved to Pembroke from its Commonwealth Avenue location, but it is still the leader in winter sport rentals in New England. You’ll find the rental process easy and affordable at Joe Jones Sun & Ski Sports. Every ski and snowboard rental comes with boots and poles included if you want them. Joe’s also offers specialty packages for both kids and adults. They will even apply your rental costs toward the purchase price of a pair of skis or a snowboard if you decide it’s time to move from renting to owning.
Renee Mallett is the author of several books about art, culture, and New England. She was the owner and director of an art gallery and has written about arts and entertainment on a national level for several print and online journals. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.