Wait! Don’t Buy New Ski Gear Yet!

You’ve planned the perfect ski trip for yourself or your group and put together a beautiful checklist of all the things you need to pack. Now it’s time to go shopping, right?

Wait! Not Yet!

Ski gear can cost a lot of money, particularly for something you are only going to use once or twice a year. And if you are buying for kids, then it’s once or twice before they grow out of their barely used ski duds. So while it’s important to have the right gear to be sure that you are as comfortable and prepared for your trip as possible, you don’t want to break the bank.

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Consider Borrowing Your Ski Gear

One of the easiest ways to save on ski equipment is to borrow it. Check with local friends to see if they have anything you can use for your upcoming ski trip. Most people who have spent money on something want to know it’s getting good use, so a Facebook post with a list of items and sizes will probably yield much of what you need.

Of course, be a good friend and take good care of the equipment. And remember, the right thing to do is return the favor and share anything you do buy with your friends who need it.

Look Local for Great Deals on Ski Equipment

Checking on Craigslist is a great way to find ski supplies for your trip. And if you time it right you’ll find a lot of folks trying to make extra money for Christmas by selling the things they no longer need. Just search your local Craigslist for “ski wear”,  “ski equipment”, or the specific items you are looking for.

If you have a Play it Again Sports location in your area, this can be a great place to buy new ski gear. They are a national chain of secondhand shops for all kinds of sports equipment, including the things you need for your time on the slopes.

Broaden Your Search to Find the Right Ski Gear

If your local friends and Craigslist don’t yield the items you need, you can check out the broader secondhand market. Sites like Gear Trade provide an online marketplace for used sporting equipment and you are more likely to find something specialized there because of the larger audience.

And of course there is always Ebay. Remember to use the advanced search for completed auctions to give you an idea of what the going prices are.

Once you have returned from your ski vacation, think about reusing some of these resources to share or sell your equipment. You’ll save even more money and so will the people who buy from you.

Not even sure what you need? Then check with us at Ski Daddy. We can help you make a list of exactly what you’ll need on your next Colorado ski vacation along with all the other details that will make your group ski trip a huge success.

Three Things to Remember When You Plan Your Group Ski Trip

A ski trip can be a great venue for a group vacation, whether it’s for a high school youth group, a college fraternity, or a multi-generational family reunion. As you plan your fun on the slopes there are some important points to keep in mind when choosing a ski resort to make the trip the best it can be for everyone involved (and easy for you!).

Not All Ski Resorts are Created Equal

Besides the cost and ease of access, there are plenty of factors involved in choosing the perfect ski resort for your group ski vacation.

If you remember fondly the endless days you spent on your snow board with all of your frat brothers on a college ski trip, that’s awesome, dude. But remember that a resort that was perfect for a bunch of 21-year-old snowboarders might not offer everything your grandfather and your 2-year-old niece need. Keep in mind the different ages, abilities and interests of your group members as you consider the amenities offered by the various resorts. Fresh powder is great, unless you can’t enjoy it because there is no place for the 2-year-old to hang out while you’re out there.

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Time Changes When You are in a Group

I’m not sure if gathering a large group together causes an actual warp in the fabric of time itself. I do know that getting everyone ready and moving in the right direction can be a challenge that increases exponentially with the size of the group. And of course, everyone likes to linger and chit chat over hot chocolate by the fire. Don’t add unnecessary stress to your trip by making your schedule too tight. Give your group plenty of margin when you put together your itinerary.

You Don’t Have to Ski on a Ski Trip

Most ski resorts today are chock full of amazing activities off the slopes as well as on. Think about things besides skiing you can plan that will make your group ski trip particularly memorable. Perhaps a sleigh ride to a remote mountain cabin for dinner would be the perfect finale to a great trip. Or maybe a few loops around an outdoor ice-skating rink will delight the children in your group.  And you know, everybody loves an afternoon at the spa after working hard on the slopes.

So think outside the bindings on your trip and plan a couple of unusual activities to make the trip above and beyond your group’s expectations.

At Ski Daddy we think about these sorts of details so you don’t have to worry if you’ve forgotten something. We can help you select the right resort for your group’s interests and budget, and we can plan and schedule all the activities for your trip. Get in touch – we would love to talk about the possibilities for your group ski trip.