Prepare to hit the slopes with rental gear from Outdoor Recreation

snow boarding ski winterBy USAG Stuttgart Public Affairs Office

Now is the time to prepare skis and snowboards for the slopes, U.S. Army Garrison Stuttgart Outdoor Recreation can help.

“We can wax and edge skis as well as snowboards. It may take some work, but we can even get out those deep cuts,” said Bruce Zabukovic, a recreational assistant for USAG Stuttgart Outdoor Recreation.

“We also mount boot bindings snowboards or make the needed adjustments to the bindings to ensure the boots fit properly and the release gauges are set to the correct weight and ability.”

For those skiers who don’t own skis, but still want to hit the slopes this year, the Outdoor Recreation facility, run by the USAG Stuttgart Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation, rents out skis on a daily, weekend, weekly and seasonal basis while supplies last.

“We have more than 200 pairs of skis and snowboards available for skiers of all ages for the upcoming ski season and we encourage people to stop by early to get fitted for their skis,” said Jenn Young, Outdoor Recreation program manager.

“People can rent skis each time they go to the slopes, but if they plan to ski more than four different weekends and take a couple of day trips this year, they can save money by getting a seasonal rental,” Young said.

In addition to preparing and renting skis, the ODR also offers ski lessons and schedules ski trips.

“When we book four-day ski trips we take into consideration more than just skiing,” she added. “We book hotels in ski resort areas that offer shopping options, skating rinks, swimming pools and various other types of entertainment.”

For those who wish to venture to the ski areas on their own, the personnel at Outdoor Recreation can provide the equipment and more.

“We are pretty familiar with the popular skiing areas and can help provide customers with directions and points of interest at the ski areas they plan to visit,” Young said.

For more information on upcoming ski trips or to rent equipment, visit the Outdoor Recreation office in Building 2953 on Panzer Kaserne, or call DSN: 431-2774/civ. 07031-15-2774.