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Spring Savings of up to 20 Percent at Black Tie Ski Rentals Locations

March 18, 2014

Steamboat, Colo. – Black Tie Ski Rentals is offering late season specials on ski rental delivery this spring with up to 20 percent savings at select locations throughout North America.

“With a variety of late season specials going on at various locations, we’re making it even more affordable for guests to experience the convenience of Black Tie’s service,” said Ian Prichard, co-founder of Black Tie Ski Rentals. “We’re confident that those looking to spend more time on the slopes this spring will find Black Tie’s service helps them get the most out of their vacation.”

Travelers looking to get out on the slopes can skip the rental lines with Black Tie’s ski rental delivery service offered at more than 35 ski resorts around North America. With the company’s timesaving ski rental delivery service, Black Tie’s local experts bring the rental equipment directly to each guest’s hotel room, condominium, or vacation home for custom fittings in the comfort of their private residence. Additional convenience items typically found at traditional ski shops also are available for purchase such as socks, goggles, hand warmers, lip balm, etc.

With exceptional snow levels in Colorado, Utah and Montana as well as improving conditions in the Lake Tahoe region, now is a great time to book a spring skiing vacation. Spring is a great time to ski as snow levels are typically the deepest, days are longer, warmer and sunnier. Snow also is softer in the springtime providing great conditions to learn to ski or practice a new skill.

Back Tie’s special offers can be found online at www.BlackTieSkis.com or simply by calling the direct reservation line at any one of Black Tie’s 13 locations.

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Why We Love Skiing (And You Will Too)

February 27, 2014

Skiers at Breckenridge

 

Why do we love skiing?

Did you know that this type of exercise can provide amazing health benefits: The endorphins and adrenaline that are released into the bloodstream, elevating your mood and adding an overall sense of well-being? The Vitamin D intake on a sunny day that helps ward off cancer balances hormones and decreases inflammation.

Yadda, Yadda, Yadda……  We love skiing because it’s FUN!!!

After a good cup of coffee first thing in the morning, I’m ready to hit the hill. The excitement noted in all the skiers heading to the lifts, maybe it’s their first time on the slopes; maybe it’s their 15th season. You don’t verbally hear the anticipation but the energy is there. Everyone is thrilled to be there, from a vacation-of-a-lifetime skier to mountain town locals getting a few turns in before work.

Whether it’s a snowy day or full of sunshine, the mountain air refreshes your soul.  Did you know that “Exercise is the single best thing you can do for your brain in terms of mood, memory, and learning,” according to Harvard Medical School psychiatrist John Ratey.  It will also increase your quality of sleep, even if you get the same amount of sleep as usual.

Blah, Blah, Blah….We love skiing because it’s FUN!!!

The ice cold beer at Après Ski is like a gold medal around your neck for the burning muscles in your legs as you peel open your ski boots.  You must be hungry too; because you burned close to 300 calories an hour on the slopes not to mention all the exertion of walking to the slopes and carrying your gear around. Researcher say high-intensity exercise can burn calories for hours after you are finished.

Enough about all that ……we love skiing because it’s FUN!!!

The sense of accomplishment knowing you got a great work out and didn’t even notice because you were having too much fun. The social aspect that ski towns provide creates entertaining social interaction, stimulating your mind, helping you to connect with those around you. As well as the quality time spent with friends and family. Just as exercise enhances the body, socializing combined with exercise can lead to better mental health, warding off diseases.

La….La…. La….. We love skiing because it’s FUN!!!

There is something invigorating about being out in the mountains; maybe it’s the off-chance of seeing wildlife. Nothing is more humbling than standing on top of a mountain surveying what seems like hundreds of miles of rolling mountains. The sight of fresh fallen snow on evergreen trees lining the chairlift is a scene unlike any other.  “I believe that there is a subtle magnetism in Nature, which, if we unconsciously yield to it, will direct us aright.” Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)

There are numerous benefits to skiing but the one we like the most is ….. Because it’s FUN!!!



Can’t Keep Up? Use This Ski Vacation Checklist

February 11, 2014

Don’t lose the excitement of anticipation for your trip bogged down in details.

Black Tie Ski receives calls every day from groups planning their ski vacation. They always seem relieved after our conversations, having scheduled their ski delivery- now there’s one less thing to do, but still plenty to think about.  Planning a vacation can grow to be overwhelming.

Use this ski vacation checklist for uncomplicated preparation for your ski vacation.

• Order Airline Tickets
• Make a packing checklist including winter essentials
• Reserve Lodging
• Rent a Car (if needed) or Shuttle reservations from Airport to Lodging
• Pre Purchase Lift Tickets at least a week in advanced
• Arrange Ski School Lessons
• Reserve your Ski Rental Delivery
• Activities: Plan off-mountain activities, make reservations as needed
• Meal Planning- Construct meal ideas and a grocery list
• Arrange for any home care needs while you are gone
• Prep yourself with some Ski Fitness Workouts

 

Ski lift
 

Whileworking through this checklist, consider additional measures that need to be taken with your specific family’s needs in mind. Will you need a baby sitter for a night?  It’s always best to call places and inquire how early reservations are needed.  In busy ski towns, places book up, restaurants go on long waits and lines for things can get long. Don’t assume calling the same day that all places will be able to accommodate your requests.

Planning ahead is the surest way for your schedule to run smooth during your ski vacation. As with most things in life, a bit of muscle at the beginning makes for a great pay off at the end.



5 Things NOT To Do On The Mountain

January 29, 2014

Millions of people ski in the United States each year. Around 30% of these are first-timers.

Enjoy your time on the slopes safely and to the fullest by following mountain safety and these things NOT to do on the mountain:
   
Losing Control. Not having the ability to avoid people or objects is the number one reason for injuries. Remember that the skiers and riders below you on the mountain have the right away; it’s your responsibility to avoid them.
 
 
Looking at Your Skis/Board. If you don’t look at your feet when you walk, why look at your skis when you ski? (This also comes in handy for avoiding #1.)
 
 
Too Tight Boots. Cranking down your boots won’t necessarily give you more skill and control as it may cause discomfort and possible injury.
 
 
Wrong Gear. Being unprepared for the elements and the activity can cause distraction and discomfort. Get your gear dialed-in before its mountain time.
 
 
Disregarding the Adventure. Skiing/Snowboarding is an exciting activity! Your muscles will hurt in ways you are not used to, temperatures are cold, adjusting to altitude will take a toll on your body and you’ll be tired. Drink water, take a rest and remember that you’re getting to play on a glorious mountain side.
 
 
“Always show courtesy to others and be aware that there are elements of risk in skiing and snowboarding that common sense and personal awareness can help reduce” notes Breckenridge Resort ski safety.
 
 
Take in the amazing moments on the slopes. If it weren’t for the elements of risk, maybe skiing wouldn’t be so much fun! Remember to follow the skier code of safety posted at your ski area, and join the millions who make skiing their vacation of choice.
 
 

Ski Breckenridge



Ski Boots: Getting the Right Fit the 1st Time

January 15, 2014

As soon as the friendly staff from Black Tie Ski Delivery arrives at your doorstep, its ski boot fitting time!

Here are a few helpful tips to ensure you choose the right size boot at your delivery.

Step 1: Synthetic Socks

Have your one pair of thin synthetic or wool ski socks on before you step into the boot. Stay away from cotton socks as they will hold moisture close to the skin and cause rubbing. Synthetic or wool socks will keep moisture wicked away from your skin and provide a warmer and more comfortable boot fit.

Step 2: Heel Cup

Begin by sitting down, place your foot in the boot and slowly stand, holding the tongue strap, as your foot slides down the boot. Keep your heel pressed back in the heel cup and bend your knees as you would when you ski.

 

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Step 3:  Buckle Top to Bottom

Loosely fasten the top 2 buckles of the boot, allowing the heel to snug up in the heel cup. With bent knees, you should feel a close fit with no specific pressure points.  Finish buckling bottom buckles.

***Feel the boots’ fit by standing still and bending your knees. Ski boots are not made for walking around in so don’t judge them on how they feel walking as you would a street shoe.

Keep these tips in mind to ensure a proper fit the first time, every time.



Black Tie Ski Rentals Partners with Local, Sustainable Ski Manufacturing Company

January 14, 2014

Steamboat, Colo. – This season, Black Tie Ski Rentals launched a partnership with Meier Skis, a local and sustainable ski manufacturing company. Meier Skis currently are only available at the Black Tie Steamboat location, however the company plans to expand to other branches in the future.

“The guys at Meier are making some great skis with locally sourced materials,” said Prichard. “We’re excited that this partnership allows our customers to try a quality handmade product made right in our backyard.”

Meier Skis is based out of Glenwood Springs, Colo. and is the first ski manufacturer to make use of local aspen groves and recycle pine killed by the Rocky Mountain Pine Beetle. Founder Matt Cudmore, a skier with a passion for fine craftsmanship, gave up searching for “the next perfect ski” and decided to build it himself.

“Much like the history of Black Tie, Matt began crafting skis in his garage in 2009,” said Ted Eynon, partner in Meier Skis. “In the past four years, we have successfully grown into a manufacturing facility and retail storefront in Glenwood Springs and now have nine ski models available in eight shops throughout the US, Canada and Europe.” Black Tie Ski Rentals is the only retail and demo location in Steamboat to offer Meier Skis.

Black Tie’s Steamboat location carries six custom Black Tie logo models– four men’s, one women’s and one teen model available for demo at the same price as other premium ski rentals. Of Meier’s handmade ski models, Heritage Tour, Wild Bill, The Doc, Quickdraw, Six Shooter and Big Nose Kate also can be purchased in Steamboat exclusively at Black Tie’s shop in One Steamboat Place plaza.

Whether it is for a beginner or advanced skier, Meier skis are lightweight, versatile and all official selections for the 2014 Skiing Magazine Buyers Guide. Meier Skis also provide a more affordable price point than competitors in the boutique, custom skis category. For example, the Quickdraw is available for approximately $650.

“This partnership between Meier Skis and our Steamboat location is the start of something big,” said Prichard. “We hope to expand the availability of Meier skis at other Black Tie locations in the near future.”

Black Tie cornered the market on ski and snowboard rental delivery when it started in Steamboat, Colo. in 2002. The first to pioneer ski and snowboard rental delivery, Black Tie has grown from operating out of a one-car garage to offering winter sport enthusiasts more than a dozen owner-operated locations in the most popular ski resorts in ski country – making it the largest rental delivery operations in North America.
  
As vacations get shorter and shorter each year, time is a precious commodity and Black Tie Ski Rentals provides travelers with a convenient, time saving alternative to rental shops.  Local experts deliver the rental equipment for custom fittings in the comfort of their private residence.

Black Tie Ski Rentals pioneered the concept of ski/snowboard rental equipment delivery 12 years ago when Prichard and co-founder Joe Sternberg opened their first location in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. The company originally operated out of a one-car garage before expanding its operation to 13 locations in North America. Black Tie has grown beyond its flagship location to provide convenient rental delivery service to skiers and snowboards in more than a dozen owner-operated locations at world-class resorts including Mammoth, North Lake Tahoe, South Lake Tahoe, Heavenly, Aspen, Snowmass, Breckenridge, Keystone, Copper Mountain, Crested Butte, Steamboat, Telluride, Vail, Beaver Creek, Winter Park, Big Sky, Moonlight Basin, Park City, Deer Valley, The Canyons, and Whistler Blackcomb.
 
Black Tie offers a variety of rental packages with equipment provided by some of the most respected names in the industry – K2, Meier, Nordica, Volkl, Dynastar, Salomon, Rossignol, Atomic, Burton, Armada, and more.
 
For more information on Black Tie Ski Rentals please visit www.blacktieskis.com.
Meier Skis remains a local ski manufacturing company, based in Glenwood Springs, Colorado. Making the best boards that money can buy, Meier Skis uses locally sourced Colorado wood. Each ski is crafted by hand, an original work of art. Meier Handmade Skis is driven by a passion for skiing and the principle of sustainability. Meier’s skis are made from locally grown trees and are sold locally. Founder Matt Cudmore and owner Ted Eynon believe that consumers will embrace a high performance and unique product made in Glenwood Springs over machine-made skis imported from overseas locations such as China.
For more information on Meier Skis, please visit http://www.meierskis.com/.
 
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Free Delivery and Kids Rent Free This Winter with Black Tie Ski Rentals

Steamboat, Colo. – This winter, Black Tie Ski Rentals not only is giving travelers more time on their winter vacation, but the ski rental delivery service is offering a Kids Rent Free package, which is available at select times throughout the season. Children 12 years old and under can rent their ski or snowboard equipment for free this winter with the purchase of a five-day adult rental.

This special offer is available at eight Black Tie Ski Rental locations in North America – Mammoth, South Lake Tahoe/Heavenly, Aspen/Snowmass, Breckenridge/Copper Mountain/Keystone, Steamboat, Telluride, Vail/Beaver Creek and Winter Park. As part of the Kids Rent Free offer, the rental package can be upgraded to a Junior Premium Package for under $15 per day. Some restrictions may apply and rate vary based on time of booking and branch location.

As vacations get shorter and shorter each year, time is a precious commodity and Black Tie Ski Rentals provides travelers with a convenient, time saving alternative to rental shops. Local experts bring the rental equipment directly to each guest’s hotel room, condominium or vacation home for custom fittings in the comfort of their private residence. Additional convenience items typically found at traditional ski shops also are available for purchase such as socks, goggles, hand warmers, lip balm, etc.

Black Tie offers a variety of rental packages with equipment provided by some of the most respected names in the industry – K2, Nordica, Volkl, Dynastar, Salomon, Rossignol, Atomic, Burton, Armada, Meier and more. Regular season adult rates begin at $35 per day for adult rentals packages at most locations (prices vary based on the resort).

“With rates and equipment comparable to what’s offered in traditional rental shops, why wouldn’t you use a free delivery service?” said Ian Prichard, co-founder of Black Tie Ski Rentals.

“Black Tie provides a great alternative to traditional rental shops for all skiers and snowboarders, however, for families traveling with younger children it’s incredibly convenient as mom and dad don’t have to keep track of the kids in a busy rental shop,” said Prichard. “Kids can relax in the comfort of their hotel or vacation rental watching television, playing games, having dinner; all while one of our local experts fits the whole family for their ski or snowboard equipment. And, this winter, we wanted to make the service even more attractive for families by extending the Kids Rent Free offer.”

For more information on Black Tie Ski Rentals or to book the Kids Rent Free offer, please visit www.blacktieskis.com.

Black Tie Ski Rentals pioneered the concept of ski/snowboard rental equipment delivery nearly eight years ago when Ian Prichard and Joe Sternberg opened their first location in Steamboat, Colo. The company originally operated out of a one-car garage before expanding its operation to 13 locations in North America. Black Tie has grown beyond its flagship location to provide convenient rental delivery service to skiers and snowboards in more than a dozen owner operated locations at world-class resorts including Mammoth, North Lake Tahoe, South Lake Tahoe, Heavenly, Aspen, Snowmass, Breckenridge, Keystone, Copper Mountain, Crested Butte, Steamboat, Telluride, Vail, Beaver Creek, Winter Park, Big Sky, Moonlight Basin, Park City, Deer Valley, The Canyons, and Whistler Blackcomb.

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5 Epic Events Not to Miss in Breckenridge in 2014

December 24, 2013

North America’s premier ski resort, Breckenridge, Colorado has so much to offer this season. No matter what time of year you’re here, there are activities taking place in and around Breckenridge.

Starting with the holidays, everyone’s favorite place to be during Christmas and New Years, enchanting Breckenridge provides everyone with the winter wonderland feel and reminiscence of the holiday season.

Breckenridge Upcoming Events in 2014

  • Wild and Crazy Ullr Fest

Starting January 5th, all the crazy locals come out to celebrate the Winter Solstice.

One of the hot and contested affairs is the Ullympics, which includes fabricated events such as the ski boot relay. The main attraction of the week is the Ullr parade, our pride and joy, where local companies compete to see who can create the most outrageous float spectacular. Main Street becomes a lively and colorful spectacle for the afternoon; locals and visitors alike take part in the parade.

  • Extraordinary International Snow Sculptures

Teams from around the world get out their tools to compete for the title of Champion of the Budweiser International Snow Sculptures. Not to worry, there is a place for everyone including People’s Choice, Kid’s Choice, and the elusive Artist’s Choice.

 

Extraordinary International Snow Sculptures in Breckenridge

Extraordinary International Snow Sculptures in Breckenridge

 

  • Sensational Slopestyle Competition

Do you have what it takes to compete in this year’s USASA Slopestyle Competition? If so, strap up along with 180 other competitors for the snowboarding competition of the year. Feel like sitting back and watching from the sidelines? Lucky for you there is a scenic view on Park Lane where you can view the event and cheer on your fellow boarders.

  • The Colorful Mardi Gras Parade

March 1st gives Breckenridge yet another reason to close down Main Street for the annual Mardi Gras Parade. This parade is one of the more spirited and eye-catching events to march down the street. The sidewalk is lined with masqueraded spectators ready and waiting to collect the most beads, don’t forget your boa!

  •  Fantastic Spring Fever Festival

You could not end the season better than with the annual Spring Fever Festival. This spectacular features an array of free concerts, as well as a multitude of activities. The highly anticipated Breckenridge Spring Beer Festival will be moving to Ridge Street this year to accommodate over 30 beer vendors and 3 live bands.

 

No matter what time of year, Breckenridge has the events to entertain visitors and locals alike. From the family friendly activities, to the more adult adventures, and everything in between, Breckenridge has something for every member of the family.

 

 

 

 

 

 



The Mobile Ski Shop

December 19, 2013

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Black Tie Ski Rentals recently was featured in the Vail Valley’s Sneak Peak magazine. The writer, Phil Lindeman, joined the team for a delivery last weekend. His experience was detailed in a great story in Sneak Peak that truly captures the essence of Black Tie’s service – convenience.

The story details the fitting experience of the Boyt family from Texas. Long-time Black Tie clients, the Boyt’s were fixing dinner and putting away groceries as the fitting took place.

“It was awesome,” Valerie (the mother) said as the first girl, 16-year-old Rachael, sat at a plush dining room chair to try on boots. “I’m used to going to the crowded ski shop where everyone is busy and cranky. This is perfect when you have kids, because they can just bring everything right to our door without worrying about leaving.”

According to the article, in terms of reach, Black Tie and other local delivery services are no different than brick-and-mortar shops. Black Tie fit roughly 5,000 clients last year, and the company’s Avon warehouse carries basic and demo packages by popular brands like K2, Salomon, Burton, Atomic and a few more. One highlight is a boot upgrade: Add $9 per day to the $60 premium (or demo) package and get a brand-new, top-of-the-line boot. Child rates range from $30 to $45 per day and discounts are available for skiers or riders with their own boots.

As the story continues, the true appeal is in-home service. Even when things go wrong, Black Tie has a solution. At any moment during the height of ski season, a handful of trucks roam the valley to mend last-minute issues.

For the full story on the Sneak Peak website, please click here.



Black Tie Ski Rentals Expands to Regional Airports

December 16, 2013

Steamboat, Colo. – Black Tie Ski Rentals recently expanded to include a presence at two prominent regional airports in Colorado. The Steamboat branch now operates a kiosk at the Yampa Valley Regional Airport, while Vail now has a presence at the Vail Valley Jet Center.

Yampa Valley Regional Airport
Ian Prichard, founder and president of the company, announced that the Steamboat branch was selected by the Routt County Board of Commissioners to operate a ski rental kiosk at the Yampa Valley Regional Airport. Black Tie was awarded the contract through a competitive RFP process. The company will begin operating the new kiosk mid-December.

“Black Tie Ski Rentals is a local company that has seen a lot of success in the last decade,” said Dave Ruppel, manager of Yampa Valley Regional Airport. “We are happy to have another local company represented at the airport. We like that Black Tie offers such a convenient service and will allow guests flying through the airport time-saving ski rental alternative as they begin their vacation.”

Vail Valley Jet Center
Black Tie Ski Rentals of Vail and Beaver Creek has a soft good retail presence at the Vail Valley Jet Center with gloves, goggles, gaiters and socks. The location also provides special discounts to passengers, pilots and crew flying through the private aviation center. The team at the Jet Center also is trained to take bookings; providing for quick and easy service once people arrive in Vail.

Within a few minutes of arriving at the Yampa Valley Regional Airport or Vail Valley Jet Center, guests will be able to book their ski rental delivery appointment. Arrangements can be made for a ski rental technician to be waiting for them upon arrival to their vacation home, condominium or hotel room.

“Travelers never have to wait in line at a ski shop ever again,” said Prichard. “With Black Tie now offering guests flying through Vail and Steamboat another alternative, guests are able to skip the rental shop lines and relax almost immediately after arriving.”

The Black Tie staff also adds to the experience by acting as a destination concierge rather than just a rental technician, providing information on dining, activities and current events going on in each mountain community.

“In addition to offering the ski rental delivery service, our employees are able to provide clients with insight into what to do while visiting each resort,” said Prichard. “We fit skis and snowboards but also act as concierge providing insider tips for skiing the mountain, the best places to eat, shop and more.”
  
As vacations get shorter and shorter each year, time is a precious commodity and Black Tie Ski Rentals provides travelers with a convenient, time-saving alternative to rental shops. Local experts deliver the rental equipment for custom fittings in the comfort of their private residence.

Black Tie Ski Rentals pioneered the concept of ski/snowboard rental equipment delivery 12 years ago when Prichard and co-founder Joe Sternberg opened their first location in Steamboat Springs, Colo. The company originally operated out of a one-car garage before expanding its operation to 13 locations in North America. Black Tie has grown beyond its flagship location to provide convenient rental delivery service to skiers and snowboards in more than a dozen owner-operated locations at world-class resorts including Mammoth, North Lake Tahoe, South Lake Tahoe, Heavenly, Aspen, Snowmass, Breckenridge, Keystone, Copper Mountain, Crested Butte, Steamboat, Telluride, Vail, Beaver Creek, Winter Park, Big Sky, Moonlight Basin, Park City, Deer Valley, The Canyons, and Whistler Blackcomb.
 
Black Tie offers a variety of rental packages with equipment provided by some of the most respected names in the industry – K2, Nordica, Volkl, Dynastar, Salomon, Rossignol, Atomic, Burton, Armada, and more.
 
For more information on Black Tie Ski Rentals please visit www.blacktieskis.com.
 
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Media Contacts:
Kristin Yantis or Taylor Cook, Malen Yantis Public Relations, (970) 949-7919 kyantis@myprco.com or tcook@myprco.com




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