Renting a stand up paddleboard for the day can cost up to $45 at local river supply stores. Tracy Crites, owner of Outdoor Exchange (1405 W. Grove St.), said rental costs can be prohibitive.
"A lot of families find $45 is out of their price range, especially if they need more than one board," Crites said. "So they would just end up not trying that new activity."
Outdoor Exchange—a local outdoor gear consignment store—was recently awarded $3,000 from the Zions Bank Smart Women's Grant, which helped Crites launch her own low-cost rental program in January.
Rentals include men's, women's and children's snowshoes for $10, backcountry safety packs —which include a backpack, beacon, probe and shovel—for $35, five-foot surfboards for $25, and stand up paddleboards for $25 per day.
"It's a passion of ours to keep things affordable," Crites said. "That's the mission of the shop."