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Arabba Ski Hire

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I am visiting Arabba in the coming winter (unfortunately not the BB this year) and will hire skis. Do either of the ski hire shops i can find (Reba and Ski Service da Nico) that arent Samont have ski deposit facilities to save me carrying back each night? I have used Samont before and I know they are convenient for the BB/ Portavescovo but would consider using the others if I could leave skis with them. Or are there lockers that can be hired at either of the lift bases? I didn't really look for them when I was there previously. Thanks in advance for any advice
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Can't answer your question, but I've used Nico twice and found the skis and service to be excellent.

Where are you staying?
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There is a Ski room at the bottom of the Burz lift - but not sure how it works (it is allied to the Hotel Panorama/Olympia)
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@martinm, thanks, I am staying at the Bellavista again so I know I can use the Portavescovo lockers and Samont is nex doort. Clearly it is no marathon to Burz, though a warming walk nevertheless, but i am looking further afield to see both other shops seem closer to a lift.
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Ski nico does (at bottom of burz lifts).
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I usually leave my boots there also then you can walk through village in street shoes, it might be free if you rent there, maybe E2 if not.
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@essex, thanks for that, sounds ideal
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@essex, do you mean Ski Nico has lockers at the bottom of the Burz chairlift please?

As far as I recall, the Ski Nico shop is a walk across the river bridge from the church and Burz chairlift side of the village. Near the base of the Portavescovo gondola. Or am I mistaken?
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PeakyB wrote:
the Ski Nico shop is a walk across the river bridge from the church and Burz chairlift side of the village. Near the base of the Portavescovo gondola. Or am I mistaken?


Correct.
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This is topical as my family will be in Arabba in January having never visited there (or Europe for that matter) before.
How important is it to book in advance? Should this be done weeks or months prior? How do we know what to book without seeing the gear?
We will be staying at the Portavescovo hotel. If we plan on skiing the area both north and south (and west too I guess) of the village which ski shop would be most convenient to allow for the previously mentioned walking around the village after skiing?
Thanks.
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Ski Nico were great when we used them. Nico is a nice bloke and good ski instructor too.
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@sbooker, the closest rental shop to Hotel Portavescovo is Sport Samont. Virtually next door. Five minutes walk from nearest chairlift. I found them a bit more expensive than others. I’ve not used them but think they have a good reputation for quality and service.

Reba is a very short walk from hotel and maybe 8 minutes from lift. I found their prices, quality and service very good. When they didn’t have the length/type of skis I preferred, they brought them across from Nico’s within 10 minutes.

I also rented from Nico’s on another trip. As others have said, choice, quality and service all good. Prices same as Reba. Problem with Nico’s is that it can be a tricky 10 minute walk from the hotel. With ice and snow it was quite treacherous. It’s located across the river that runs through the village. Not so convenient for the Burz chairlift, the usual first of the day.

January is low season, so no need to reserve far in advance. Usually good discount codes around, eg through Skimium. I think best to wait for those, compare costs, then book. Group discounts offered too, for 3 or more sets of kit usually.

You can see online price for each category of ski and example skis within each group. If specific skis you prefer, I find it best to message shop direct. They’ll tell you what’s in stock and advise on choice for each person. They’ll want the usual height, weight, ski experience info.

Great choice of village and hotel, by the way. As approved by SnowHeads!
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I didn't know this, but it looks like Reba and Nico are part of the same organisation

https://www.skiservicearabba.it/en/ski-rental

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There is another hire shop in the same block as the Bar Peter - MSA sport rental (don't know if it has lockers at the lifts..)

https://www.scuolasciarabba.com/en/ski-hire#fndtn-skirental-online-shop
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There is a Nico rental place by burz chairlift. It does not have lockers only ski racks and boot warmers, so you can't really leave bags of gear there.
The shop next to bar Peter is owned by ski school arabba, up until last season they also had a locker facility / rental desk up on top of Mr X cafe, but got shut down because it was not zoned for business.
There are some other lockers nearby but I think they are all associated with more distant hotels like evaldo.
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@essex, interesting thanks, I never saw that branch of Nico’s when there.
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PeakyB wrote:
@sbooker, the closest rental shop to Hotel Portavescovo is Sport Samont. Virtually next door. Five minutes walk from nearest chairlift. I found them a bit more expensive than others. I’ve not used them but think they have a good reputation for quality and service.

Reba is a very short walk from hotel and maybe 8 minutes from lift. I found their prices, quality and service very good. When they didn’t have the length/type of skis I preferred, they brought them across from Nico’s within 10 minutes.

I also rented from Nico’s on another trip. As others have said, choice, quality and service all good. Prices same as Reba. Problem with Nico’s is that it can be a tricky 10 minute walk from the hotel. With ice and snow it was quite treacherous. It’s located across the river that runs through the village. Not so convenient for the Burz chairlift, the usual first of the day.

January is low season, so no need to reserve far in advance. Usually good discount codes around, eg through Skimium. I think best to wait for those, compare costs, then book. Group discounts offered too, for 3 or more sets of kit usually.

You can see online price for each category of ski and example skis within each group. If specific skis you prefer, I find it best to message shop direct. They’ll tell you what’s in stock and advise on choice for each person. They’ll want the usual height, weight, ski experience info.

Great choice of village and hotel, by the way. As approved by SnowHeads!
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Thanks! Very helpful info.
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PeakyB wrote:
@essex, interesting thanks, I never saw that branch of Nico’s when there.

And I didn't realize there was one on the other side, explains how he got me some skis I wanted so fast last year, told me to go get a coffee at mrX and come back in 5mins, pretty good service that.
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Great area. Great off-piste too (some of it challenging), but you need a guide to find it. For that matter almost all the skis for hire are piste skis - they just don't cater for off-piste.
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