Where to Rent Winter Gear in and Around Calgary

If you’ve tried shopping for cross country (XC) skies or snowshoes this year, you’ll know how much of a challenge it’s been… it seems shops sell out as soon as shipments arrive! Thankfully, there’s some locally owned and operated rental shops that can help satisfy your craving for adventure. Whether struggling to buy, or simply looking to try out a new winter activity, rentals are a fantastic option. There’s a shop in every quadrant of the city, as well as in K-Country (just make sure to reserve your equipment in advance when possible – they’re busy too!)

Norseman (SW Calgary)

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Owned and operated in Calgary for over 40 years, Norseman specializes in skiing, hiking and climbing education and gear. In the winter, XC ski and snow shoe package rentals are available on a first come, first serve basis. Camping gear, ice climbing tools and pulks, however, are reservable.

Website: www.norsemanoutdoorspecialist.com
Address: 4655 37 St SW

Hours

M:  10am – 6pm
T:   10am – 6pm
W:  10am – 6pm
Th: 10am – 8pm
F:   10am – 6pm
S:   10am – 5pm
Su: 10am – 5pm

Rapid Rent Outlaw Sports (SW/SE Calgary)

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Started in 1992 by two cowboys, Rapid Rent Outlaw Sports has grown into one of the largest rental outfits in Calgary. It’s western/cowboy/ski chalet concept offers rentals year round, and even sells new gear and equipment. Rentals include downhill skis and boards, as well as XC skis. Skate sharpening is also available. 

Website: www.outlawsports.ca
Address: 903 Heritage Drive SW

Hours

M:  10am – 7pm
T:   10am – 7pm
W:  10am – 7pm
Th: 10am – 8pm
F:   10am – 8pm
S:   10am – 6pm
Su: 10am – 7pm

Sports Rent (NE Calgary)

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Sports Rent is conveniently located on Hwy 1 and has skis, boards and snowshoes available. They’ve been locally owned and operated since 1982. The bonus? They open bright and early and close late everyday of the week, which makes renting gear for the day a breeze. 

Website: www.sportsrent.ca
Address: 4424 16th Ave NW

Hours

M:  6am – 9pm
T:   6am – 9pm
W:  6am – 9pm
Th: 6am – 9pm
F:   6am – 9pm
S:   6am – 9pm
Su: 6am – 9pm

UofC Outdoor Centre (NW Calgary)

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You don’t have to be a student to rent gear from the UofC Outdoor Centre! With the biggest selection of outdoor rental gear in the city, there is something for every outdoor adventurer. On top of skis, boards, snowshoes, and skates, the Outdoor Centre rents out avalanche safety gear. 

Website: www.outdoor-centre.ucalgary.ca
Address: 2500 University Dr NW

Hours

M:  830am – 8pm
T:   830am – 6pm
W:  830am – 6pm
Th: 830am – 6pm
F:   830am – 8pm
S:   830am – 8pm
Su: 830am – 8pm

Note:
closed daily 1pm-3pm

Kananaskis Outfitters

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Kananaskis Outfitters is a hidden gem nestled in the middle of a winter wonderland. How convenient is that? They have various rental options for winter adventures including fat bikes, skis, snowshoes and even skates.  Kananaskis Outfitters also offers incredible guided activity tours year round.  

Website: www.kananaskisoutfitters.com
Address: 1 Mt Sparrowhawk Crescent, Kananaskis, AB

Hours

M:  9am – 5pm
T:   9am – 5pm
W:  9am – 5pm
Th: 9am – 5pm
F:    9am – 5pm
S:    9am – 5pm
Su: 9am – 5pm

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