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Bob Ward's prepares for ski season with package rental program

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MISSOULA - You can hit the slopes without breaking the bank at a local outdoor company's ski rental program.

A ski technician at Bob Ward's says their popular ski lease program started almost a decade ago. This year, they started leasing skis in September, a month earlier than usual.

The company charges $99.99 for kids' rentals, and $169.99 for adults to rent ski and snowboard necessities through winter.

Technician Cole Houg says it helps new skiers overcome the financial obstacles of getting into the sport. He says it's especially beneficial for kids, because they don't have to buy gear that they'll grow out of by next season.

"It's really fun for me to see the kids, though, because you almost move along with them as they're progressing through their skiing," Houg says.

Houg says he always takes the time to find the right fit for each person.

"Some people have no idea what a really right fit should be, and so to explain that process and let them experience it as they're trying on the right boots is a whole different game," he says.

It's exciting to share the love of skiing.

"It's the people, really. I mean, I love skiing so I get to share that with people, but some of these people are lit up. It's kind of like Christmas morning for them. They're so excited to get out there."

The deadline to sign up for the ski lease package program is Nov. 30 at any of the five Bob Ward's locations across Montana.

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