Colorado skiers and snowboarders lie in wait for the next season and when the snow flies. Early season sales on ski and snowboard gear are just the first taste of the outdoor season to come.
Being so close to the mountains, it comes as no surprise that Boulder has plenty of places to snag great deals on ski and snowboard gear. There’s no need to go to any mountain resort, or travel to Denver to find your new toys for the slopes — we have it all in our “bubble.”
Some of Boulder’s options for pre-season ski and snowboard gear deals:
Boulder Ski Deals
2525 Arapahoe Ave.; 303-938-8799
Boulder Sports Recycler
4949 N. Broadway #113; 303-786-9940
2000 30th St.; 877-754-7627
1133 Pearl St.; 303-449-3482
3320 28th St.; 303-449-9021
Boulder Ski Deals, 2525 Arapahoe Ave., handles the competition in one way.
“I think the guarantees are the most distinctive difference between us,” said Joan Christensen of Boulder Ski Deals. “It’s just kind of all there, not just the sale, they provide services as well.”
Ski Rex is Boulder Ski Deals’ big sale of the year, starting on Labor Day and running through Sept. 19.
“The Ski Rex merchandise team has purchased tons of excess and unsold inventory from around the U.S. and the rows and stacks of gear and inventory will make this sale a bargain hunters paradise,” the company states. “Skiers and riders can find discounts of 30 percent to 75 percent off last season’s equipment models and styles.”
Sports Authority’s Sniagrab starts the same day as Ski Rex, but can go through the end of March depending on surrounding factors, company officials said. This is the sale that people pretty much go insane over, camping out at Denver’s historic “sports castle” to be one of the first in the store.
Boulder’s Sports Authority, 3320 N. 28th St., even has a second location around the corner to help with the mass of customers for the widely popular sale.
“We give away tons of prizes and things for showing up on the first weekend,” said Justin O’Neal, an employee at the Boulder location. “Lots of people show up and the lines go around the corner.”
Prizes that can be found at Sports Authority include cash and discount cards off merchandise in the store.
Jared Massey, a department manager at the Boulder Sports Authority, said that the store usually has people camping out before the sale starts each year, and some have even been there two days ahead of time.
If you’re not into the whole waiting in line and possible run, snatch and grab situation at these blow-out sales, used may be the best idea for you.
Boulder Sports Recycler, 4949 Broadway, is a sports consignment shop where you can sell your winter gear without the hassle of dealing with possibly creepy Craigslist people.
Basically, you go in with your old-but-good-condition skis or snowboard (or more), they’ll keep them in the store and sell them for you and then you’ll receive an average of 65 percent of the profit. However, the store won’t take any new ski or snowboard items until around the end of October when the snow (hopefully) starts flying.
“It’s a pretty great thing because you can get a lot of nice things in here,” manager Kelly Newnham said, “from a down jacket to a great pair of skis not at retail price.”
“We’re all about our motto here,” said Newnham: “Friends don’t let friends pay retail.”
For all the ladies (and men if they wish), Outdoor Divas, 1133 Pearl St., has some sales as well. Online they have last year’s skis and snowboards and gear on sale and they have a “blowout” sale this upcoming Christmas season.
“The Holiday Hangover sale is after Christmas and is sort of the blowout sale of the year for us before we start getting next year’s stuff in,” said Marily MacDonald, “marketing diva” for the Pearl Street store.
Also according to MacDonald, Outdoor Divas already has started to get the new season ski and snowboard gear in store, so if you’re monetarily inclined, you can check out the latest and greatest.
So whether you need new, used, like to wait in line or prefer taking your time to buy your “ride” for the season, Boulder has many options for the “mountainous inclined” looking for some sweet deals.