As grading continues for Liberty University’s artificial ski slope, the incline’s rental fleet is now in storage and ready for use on opening day. Last month, the university inked deals with HEAD and Tube Pro, establishing the two companies as the official suppliers of the slope’s snow sports rental equipment.
With the arrival of the new gear, university officials have set up recommended rental prices for skis, snowboards or inner tubes. When the slope opens later this year, snowboarders can rent an entire set, including a snowboard, bindings and boots, for $12 per session. Skiers will be able to rent a pair of skis, bindings, boots and poles at the same price. Tubers seeking a thrill ride down Liberty Mountain can expect to pay just $6 per session for a snow tube. Customers also have the option of renting a safety helmet for $1 more.
During the slope’s non-peak hours (8 a.m. – 3 p.m.), students can access the slope for only $2 per hour and $4 each hour after 3 p.m. and on weekends; non-students and visitors will pay $5 and $7 per hour during non-peak and peak times respectively.
“Our intent is to make the ski slope an affordable activity for Liberty University students as well as the local community,” Lee Beaumont, LU’s director of auxiliary services said. “Donations from generous benefactors allow us to offer these amenities at a low cost to our student body. Future pricing will be adjusted based on how we observe the facility is used, new programs, and most importantly, customer feedback.”
Currently, the slope’s ski lodge is in the planning stages and will be located near the base of the mountain between the main run and the beginner slope.
The entire project is slated for completion toward the end of the spring semester. An opening date has not been set.
For more information, check out Liberty’s Ultimate LU website.