Make the most of luggage-less cheaper trips, with Intersport

With more ways to reduce your carbon footprint than ever before – some countries, such as Japan, are even toying with banning certain types of luggage outright – carrying skis and buying kit may soon be a thing of the past. After all, by packing less, we create fewer carbon emissions, reduce our travel footprint, and become more caring of nature.

Generally, when you look at skiers going on holiday, they seem to have a lot of luggage. This is regardless of where they are going, how long they are going for, and some even take their own skis which are an expensive investment in the first place.

Therefore, renowned company, Intersport (international sporting goods retailer and Europe’s number one ski and bike rental network) is pushing people to leave all their kit at home and rent it when in resort – whether that be France, Austria, Switzerland or Italy…

To counter luggage space – and reduce the need for travellers to invest in high-value sports equipment – Intersport is emphasising “reducing and reusing”, by offering the rental of not just skis, snowboards, poles and helmets, but hats, gloves, goggles, ski pants and jackets, with prices starting €8 per day for a beginner ski package of skis, boots, poles and helmet.

With the topic of sustainably becoming ever more prevalent and important, are skiers ready to pack less for an ultralight future? Every item manufactured has a carbon footprint, so it’s far better that an item is used by multiple customers and can be repaired by people at Intersport with the skills and tools to give it a longer shelf-life.

Cost-wise, it can also be better value to rent in a resort, instead of paying for extra checked bags and oversized luggage on flights. Key airlines charge these amounts for ski or snowboard carriage: easyJet from £94 return; British Airways from £130 return; and Ryanair from £90 return. Whereas average rental with Intersport is from €8 / £6.90 per day including skis, helmet, poles and boots.

Intersport has more than 700 ski hire shops across the Alps in Austria, Italy, Switzerland and France, giving people the opportunity to rent award-winning skis and snowboards. More often than not, there are several stores in each resort, meaning holidaymakers can choose the store nearest to their accommodation or to their preferred lift. Guests can save money on the airline baggage fee, have less to carry through crowded airports and on to resorts, and have up-to-date equipment that’s regularly serviced by qualified professionals. Guests can also swap and change their skis and equipment as conditions demand (for example, take some powder skis out on a snowy day, or swap for a snowboard for one day, or rent some touring skis and see the resorts backcountry) and every rental has the opportunity to get their feet accurately measured with the Boot Doctor scanning machine, which guarantees comfort and an anatomically correct boot fitting. And of course, you can change your boots if they don’t fit like slippers on the first go. Lastly, with absolutely brand-new equipment each winter, and maximum rental outings for each bit if ski equipment, customers can expect top quality skiing equipment for the world’s best suppliers.

So, are luggage-free trips the future?