Winter is officially here, but before you hit the slopes, is your gear up to the task? If not, you might find yourself looking for a deal or two to get you back in shredding shape. That’s where we come in. Below, we’ve rounded up our favorite tips (and places) for finding cheap ski gear this season, even though we’re well into the busiest time of year.
Shop in unexpected places
Often, you’ll find the best deals in unexpected places. Take JCPenney for example. The store is offering big discounts on Columbia outerwear and accessories like waterproof ski gloves. Kohl’s tends to have big discounts in the new year as they start to transition out old stock.
Participate in a ski swap
Ski swaps are some of the best places to find your next set of used ski gear. They’re also great places to trade up you gear if you have something of value to offer. It’s wise to really know what you’re looking for before you arrive, so you can zero in on the best deals before others do. You should also do some price shopping to get a sense of how much various equipment goes for after-market. That’ll put you in a good position to negotiate if you find something priced a little higher than you are comfortable with. Stick to your plan and you’ll walk away happy with some new (to you) gear in hand.
Shop with Rakuten to earn Cash Back
Shopping with Rakuten is the easiest way to make sure you save on ski gear this season. You’ll get Cash Back on every purchase, and there are a number of great stores that carry a full range of ski gear for men, women and kids.
The House is an action sports paradise. At the time of writing, they’re running a winter clearance sale with items up to 80% off. You can find skis, ski boots, pants, jackets, goggles, helmets and more. My top pick? Surface LAB skis for 63% off.
Backcountry has legendary customer service and a massive selection of winter gear from popular brands like Patagonia, The North Face and more. At the time of writing, Backcountry is running its winter sale with items discounted up to 50%. There’s a dedicated ski section with nearly 30 pages of deals. Backcountry is an especially great place to pick up apparel.
Black Diamond is a well-known destination for outdoor enthusiasts, offering gear for those who dare to roam, including skiers. You’ll find men’s and women’s ski gear ski gear at Black Diamond, but youth or kids items aren’t a focus for the retailer. There’s a sale section with outlet items, web specials, clearance goods and more. Start there if you’re looking for the best deals.
The name says it all. Skis.com is a top destination if you’re looking for ski gear. At the time of writing, Skis.com is offering a 50% off ski apparel and has marked down skis and accessories as well. You can find everything you need to hit the slopes on the site, so get shopping!
These are just a few tips to get you started on your hunt for cheap ski gear this season. It pays to check the stores above often, and be sure to use Rakuten when you do for the Cash Back. If you’re not a member, you can join in seconds. Just join here. See you on the slopes!