Revelstoke Powder Rentals gives back to the community

Test-drive this season's top of the line powder skis and snowboards.

Powder Rentals staff in photo. Back Row: Ryland, Foster, Rogan, Adam. Middle Row: Steve, Shey, Ryan, Ryan. Front: Aaron. Photo by: Sofie Hagland/ Revelstoke Mountaineer.

This story first appeared in print in the Winter 2020 issue of Revelstoke Mountaineer Magazine. Read the e-edition here:

Story by Melissa Jameson.

Tucked away just a quick stop on the route to slay a few powder runs, Revelstoke Powder Rentals offers skiers and snowboarders a chance to test-drive some of the most popular brands in the industry.

Owned and operated by Aaron Noble and Michelle Gabriele, Revelstoke Powder Rentals has skis and boards for every condition, but truly prides itself on having tons of the latest powder shapes and unique skis and boards that aren’t widely available as rentals.

Brands the shop carries for boarders include Jones, Capita, Yes, Salomon and Burton. For skiers the list includes Rossignol, Salomon, Icelantic, Line and RMU.

“People like to try the smaller/niche brands like Jones snowboards and Icelantic skis. There are some clear favourites on powder days like the Jones Mind Expander snowboard and the Icelantic Nomad skis,” Noble told the Mountaineer.

New to the line-up this year is Black Crows skis and Lib Tech Snowboards. Noble said he expects the Anima from Black Crows and the Orca from Lib Tech will be very popular this season.

“Unless you have your own quiver of skis and boards, most people aren’t likely to have an Orca or Anima as their only ski for the season. They are more of a board/ski you would use on a big powder day that would compliment your everyday ride. It is not necessary to have a dedicated powder ski but there are usually at least a couple of storms every season where people wish they did,” said Noble.

Sweet deals for locals help give back to the community

Noble and Gabriele spent their first season in Revelstoke volunteering at the Community Connections Food Bank. Noble described the experience as “eye opening.”

“I was definitely able to see a different side of Revelstoke,” he said.

The experience struck a chord and twice a year Revelstoke Powder Rentals hosts two initiatives to help the food bank stock its shelves. The first is a twice-yearly Locals’ Week, which has been running for ten years. During these weeks local skiers can rent gear for a donation to the food bank. Noble said the Locals’ Weeks generate between 300 and 600 pounds of food and around $600 in cash for the food bank. This year’s free-by-donation rental weeks are Dec. 12 to 19, 2020 and March 27 to April 4, 2021.

The second initiative is a Locals’ Deal, which runs all season. Started three years ago in celebration of Revelstoke Powder Rentals’ Tenth Anniversary, the Locals’ Deal is $15 for a ski/board rental, $15 edge and wax and $15 avalanche gear rental. Noble said the Locals’ Deal generated more than 3,000 pounds of food and $1,000 in its first year.

“I see lots of people here just like me. I was always interested in trying out new gear but wouldn’t because of the price.  Having the option to try something different for only $15 and support a local charity is a no-brainer,” said Noble.

Revelstoke Powder Rentals has also helped other community projects including raising funds for Avalanche Canada and the Revelstoke Skatepark. They’ve also donated gear to the Open Mountains Project, a program that provides youth, young adults and other vulnerable populations with barrier-free access to outdoor mountain experiences.

Noble said feedback from skiers and boarders who take part in the locals promotion is always positive.

“Everyone’s totally on board and tend to be generous with their donations since they are helping the community. They love it because they get to demo all the brand new latest and greatest gear they otherwise probably wouldn’t try.”

Not a local? That’s totally cool too, at only $49 a day, the cost of renting gear won’t put too big of a dent in your bank account.

Revelstoke Powder Rentals is located at 709 Victoria Road. Visit them online at revelstokepowderrentals.com.

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