We also picked up a set of rental skis/boots for me, at the price of $160 for now until April 15th. Free upgrades/exchanges whenever I want, so I can try out other boots or skis if I like, free waxing/edging whenever, and the cost of the rental applies to the cost of new equipment from them. Plus any new equipment that I buy, I can demo with no hassle. Finally, if something happens (say a pole breaks) and I have to rent while I'm at the ski resort, they'll reimburse me for that rental. Now I want to go skiing, dammit!
Hm, I should really get around to doing some of the stuff I wanted to do today. The Sims just sucked up my entire afternoon. ;)