Wouldn’t it be grand to have your own ski butler? You
pack all your ski stuff, haul your heavy ski
gear to the airport, pay extra bag fees to the apathetic attendant with no assurance
your skis will arrive at your alpine destination. This takes some of the joy out of
your ski trip. If your skis arrive at the airport, they are typically the last
bags loaded off the plane, placed in a different baggage claim area, like a
secret door for golf clubs, strollers and skis. You could instead ship your skis
with FedEx, boxing them up a week in advance, paying big bucks for that tracking
number, and repeating the cumbersome packaging at the end of your ski trip.
Wouldn’t you rather have your own Jeeves of Skis, a ski butler who delivers
freshly tuned, fitted skis upon your arrival at your ski hotel, perhaps even fat
powder skis instead of your Eastern shaped carving skis?
For about $50 a day, you can have a
Ski Butler deliver the skis or snowboard you
selected online to your lodging property upon your arrival.
At Manor Vail, Ski Butlers is
right in the lobby to tend to your ski needs.
In Jackson Hole, my
ski butler arrived promptly at 7am, as I had requested, with the exact length of
Rossignol Temptations I had selected, along with ski poles, from their fleet. My
butler quickly adjusted my skis to my boots in the comforts of the hotel lobby,
gave me the local ski report, and confirmed the day I would be departing when he
would retrieve the skis. Oh, and if I had any issues, my butler was a cell call away
to tune or swap out the skis during my week – sweet! This sure beats waiting in
line at a rental shop with the rest of the “spores” (code: special people on
Interestingly, Ski Butlers was started by a
Sugarloaf -er in 2004. Bryn Carey of
Kingfield, Maine, launched Ski Butlers during his senior year at UNH, where he
was captain of the ski team, before moving out west. Carey’s fleet has expanded
to thousands of skis and snowboards, with butler service at over 30 ski resort
in North America.
Batman had a Butler who set him up with cool gadgets. Don’t you want a ski
butler who will slide you into top gear? Check out
your next ski trip. And “Like” Ski Butlers on facebook for a chance to win gear,
they do lots of free ski contests.