Just FYI, you might have trouble reserving rental equipment right now as a lot of rental shops don't yet know what new stuff they'll be getting in and quite a few of them won't even open until just before ski season starts. You'll have the best of luck making equipment reservations if you wait until mid-Octoberish (and yes, you'll still be able to get a good deal for the holidays if you reserve then).
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