Charter Sports: The valley’s premiere rental and ski delivery service
For the Vail Daily
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When Mike Bartasuis moved to Vail at age 18, he did what any responsible winter enthusiast would: he worked in hotels, through the forest service and as a ski instructor. In 1988, he recognized the need to offer ski rentals within hotels, and he began Charter Sports Ski & Snowboard Rentals.
Since then, the company has remained locally owned and operated, with a strong emphasis on customer service and high quality, convenient rentals.
“We are held to a higher standard of service being located within hotel and lodging properties and consider ourselves an amenity and extension of the hotel partner,” says Scott Fulton, senior vice president of marketing and sales. “We focus on what we were founded upon: keeping guests happy.”
The company provides the latest and greatest technology in adults’ and kids’ skis and snowboards, as well as easy turning beginner to intermediate skis and boards and intermediate to advanced packages for all ages and abilities.
Charter Sports has 12 on-site rental outlets throughout Vail Valley, as well as high-end ski delivery service called Premier Ski Delivery, allowing them to service outside hotel properties, as well.
Master technicians, annually certified in binding adjustments, are experts boot fitters, ensuring a comfortable fit for both adults and kids.
“It’s really about sharing information and expertise,” Fulton says. “We have hundreds of years of experience in the ski industry if you add up all of our management team’s experience.”
During summers, Charter Sports rents road bikes, path bikes, full and front suspension mountain bikes and E-bikes for adults and kids. The company was the first to create and freely give out illustrated maps, which highlight landmarks, hiking trails, restrooms and shops surrounding Vail Pass, for self-guided tours. Knowledgeable guides also offer a 15-mile, mostly downhill Vail Pass cruise as they talk about the flora, fauna, geography and local stories. Winter or summer, the team’s genuine passion for mountain recreation make guests’ vacations a breeze
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