Gear Loan & Ski for Free

The Health & Fitness Center offers a FREE gear rental program for students and the Valdez community. The Ski for Free program is sponsored by SWAN of Valdez and PWSC.

Gear Available Year-Round:

  • GPS Devices
  • Gaiters
  • Headlamps
  • Trekking Poles

Gear Available For Winter Activities (Ski For Free):

  • Skate Skis
  • Classic Skis
  • Ski Boots
  • Ski Poles
  • Snowshoes

Checking out gear through Ski for Free is easy! Visit the front desk at the Fitness Center, and a staff member will be available to help you. Participants must sign a waiver before they will be allowed to rent gear. Minors must bring a parent or guardian upon their first visit. 

No experience is required to participate, and Fitness Program enrollment is not necessary. Health & Fitness Center staff is here to fit participants for skis, boots, and poles. 

All rentals are free of charge for the first two days and are due by closing on the second day. Each additional day will incur a rental fee of $5 per day. Telephone extensions of the free loan period are not allowed. If the due date falls on a holiday, the gear will be due the day the H&FC re-opens. 

Please note: Renters who fail to return the equipment, or who return damaged equipment, may be charged a fee of up to $400.00 to cover the replacement of lost or damaged items.

Gear Packages


1 pair skis, 1 ski strap, 1 pair boots, 1 pair poles, 1 pair gaiters, 1 headlamp


1 pair snowshoes, 1 pair poles, 1 pair gaiters, 1 headlamp


1 GPS unit, 1 pair gaiters, 1 headlamp

Rental Rates

Ski Rental Rates
Package Rates
Part or all of a ski 5$/day after free loan period
Part or all of a snowshoe 5$/day after free loan period
Part or all of a GPS 5$/day after free loan period


Gear Rental Periods
Equipment Borrowed Free until:
Anytime Monday 8:45 pm on Wednesday
Anytime Tuesday 8:45 pm on Thursday
Anytime Wednesday 8:45 pm on Friday
Anytime Thursday 8:45 pm on Saturday
Anytime Friday 8:45 pm on Sunday
Anytime Saturday 8:45 pm on Monday
Anytime Sunday 8:45 pm on Tuesday