Click for bigger pics. Skiers: How much do you think they cost?
After some thought, I decided to spring for our own ski equipment this year. I’ve snowboarded on and off for about 6 years. My wife hated snowboarding, but last year she tried skiing and loved it. So this year we’re both going to start skiing together as beginners. We were going to go for a $300 new package, but instead found this at a used sporting goods store:
$110 – Rossignol Freeride X skis and Axium bindings, used
$50 – Alpina Challenger C4.0 boots, used
$20 – Boeri helmet, floor demo
$8 – Poles, used
Total for skis, bindings, poles, helmet – $188
I don’t know a ton about ski equipment, so maybe someone can tell me if I got a good deal or not. I could have probably pieced together a slightly better deal off of eBay, but I think it’s pretty solid. The skis were ex-rentals, so I think the quality is good. The bottoms were almost perfect, no gouges. The boots were in good condition, they were selling the exact same ones for $140 new. The helmet was a floor demo that had some scratches, but was still new and was marked down from $80. My wife got a similar package for $20 less (same model skis).
So if you’re looking for snow gear, now’s a great time. It’s not quite ski season, and many of the used sporting good stores still have a decent stock of used stuff that they bought over the last six months. Also, look for clearance or floor demo models of last year’s new stuff.
I was going to trade in my old snowboard gear (bought for $450 in 2000, now worth squat) to help pay for this, but since they offered so little and the skis were so cheap, I decided to keep my board for another year to switch back and forth. I expect they’ll offer the same price next year.
We’ll probably go in with a bunch of friends for a group pass thing too. Skiing is an expensive hobby, but it’s just too addicting. The crisp air, the scenery, the speed Can’t wait for snow!!
I’m sure the more-experienced can offer more snow toys buying tips.
By Jonathan Ping | Frugal Living | 11/10/06, 12:43am