Skiing has steadily gained in popularity as a winter sport of recreation which can be enjoyed with your family and friends. And as the holiday season coincides with winter, skiing has become even more popular as a way to spend quality time with friends and family away from the hectic city life. However, top quality skis and ski gear comes at premium. But that’s no reason why you shouldn’t enjoy the sport with the best gear. While ski rentals is a good option, it is always better to carry your own as it fits you the best and you know it’s clean and well maintained at all times unlike the rented gear.
Buy Off Season
The best time to buy skiing gear is after the ski season is over. You will find good discounts in March as shops try to offload the winter sports goods to make room for new, in season goods. You can stock up on some of the premium brands in good prices. Keep a lookout for online shops who usually offer off season sales and discounts on ski gear and apparel.
Investigate before you buy
When you set out to buy a set of skis, it is advisable to shortlist products based on your budget rather than the brand. Research online about the brands within your budget and see what other skiers have to say about each one. Online reviews on independent review sites and actual users are quite trustworthy. If a particular brand has mostly positive reviews, you can safely place your order for those without worrying about quality.
Think about buying used gear
If new skis and ski gear is quite beyond your budget, you can always consider getting used ones. However, go for highly trusted sellers who are honest about all the used gear they sell. Check the descriptions and pictures to assess the exact condition of the equipment to ensure that there isn’t any major damage. Usually, used items which aren’t sold in a single week drop in prices the next week. So you could ideally wait till the price of an expensive ski drops within your budget range. However, be wary of prices which seem too good to be true- don’t buy skis which are damaged at the edges, or skis which show signs of delamination. Buy from sellers who give you a free returns/exchange window of a couple of weeks in case you are not happy with your used ski equipment.