I used to ski — a lot — but that was more than two decades ago. My dear wife and I decided to rekindle our relationship with Marmot’s powder this year and given that my gear was long since given away, I was put into the unenviable position of renting equipment. “Unenviable” because my rental shop memories were of poorly set up, beat-to-hell ancient skis and boots that kind of, sort of fit.

No longer. Strolling down Connaught Drive we decided to step into “Skis Please” and were immediately met with a friendly, enthusiastic staff. A quick glance at their boot rack revealed that this shop doesn’t lend out garbage: the Rossignol Alias 100 boots were 2015 models and are considered “performance” equipment (an assessment I’ll wholeheartedly agree with!). The skis were equally modern: no double-plank wanks here: proper convex hourglasses for all levels of skier are available, and all are in good kit.

The tech who set up both our downhill and cross-country sets gets a special thank you from us: despite a constant flow of renters, she took the time to ensure we had perfectly fitting gear (again, the boots were better and more comfortable than anything I raced with 20+ years ago) and everything was set up flawlessly.

Having great gear to rent is important, and “Skis Please” has that more than covered but even more critical is a great staff, and everyone we dealt with at the shop fit this criteria and more. They were efficient, friendly, extremely knowledgeable and very helpful. As of now we won’t consider any other rental outlet when we’re in Jasper. Thanks, SP!

John C.