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Old 09-01-2012, 12:01 PM
 
Location: SE Portland, OR
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Bottom line - Renting is ill advised if you know how to ski and are buying a pass, and buying skis AND a pass if you're just starting out is just flat out ridiculous.
He's talking about a season rental. He sounds like a new skier (as has no gear). The season rental is a GREAT option for new skiers because you can trade in the gear and try other stuff out. For someone new to skiing this is a awesome, as they can slowly increase the length of their skis over the whole season.

I agree that you can get great deals on used or slightly used gear, but it sounds like the OP is pretty new to skiing and doesn't know what they want/need (like what length, width skies to get). If they have a season pass, they'll be going to the same mountains, so switching stuff out will be easy.

OP, I think your season rental idea is stellar. I did the same thing my first year and it was a very good choice. The next year I bought my own stuff cheaply because I had a much better idea of what I wanted. Then the year after that I bought a lot of better stuff.

How is buying a pass ridiculous as a beginner? I think they have the most to gain from owning a pass. Sounds like the OP has skied before (though not a lot), so they know they're interested in doing it.
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Old 09-01-2012, 12:02 PM
 
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This is the weekend of Sports Authority's annual SNIAGRAB<>BARGAINS sale.

Last night I was at the one on N. Academy near I-25 and it was mobbed.

BTW, Sports Authority is a Colorado chain, with it's HQ in Denver.
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Old 09-01-2012, 12:04 PM
 
Location: SE Portland, OR
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The BEST deal in CO (if they're still doing it) is the university student/employee 2 for 1 pass from Winter Park/Copper. Seriously can you beat a season pass for $200 (might be slightly more now) to two great places?
One of the two of you will need to open a new bank account with Key bank though (which is free and you can cancel at any time). If you are not affiliated with a school, try to befriend someone who is!
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Old 09-01-2012, 12:06 PM
 
Location: SE Portland, OR
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This is the weekend of Sports Authority's annual SNIAGRAB<>BARGAINS sale.

Last night I was at the one on N. Academy near I-25 and it was mobbed.

BTW, Sports Authority is a Colorado chain, with it's HQ in Denver.
I never found the Sniagrab sales that great. Head up to Sierra Trading post in Cheyenne. They have better deals out of the catalog (though not as much selection). Got some brand new backcountry boots (normally $580 retail) for about $115, and I got to try them out first as their warehouse is also located there. Also, OP, Sierra is an awesome place to go for ski clothing (though the best deals will be in the summer).

I really can't recommend Sierra trading post to people enough.
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Old 09-04-2012, 09:48 AM
 
Location: TX
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2nd Sports Authority on great deals and discounts. We have bought equiptment/clothing from the store in Silverton every year in the spring.
There was also a big discount outlet store in Littleton that had tons of great prices last spring (It was a Sports Authority I think)

We have also bought boots at Colorado Ski and Golf, not "super cheap" but a great price for the quality and the "fit" you etc... so for boots that is great option, no one wants sore feet!!

I have also bought skis for the kids (since they out grow them quickly) from Galactic snow sports they are old rentals that they sell for around $40.00 then take them to a local shop to tune for $35.00. They work great and so far we have used them for 3 seasons for 2 different kids, no problems! NOw, I did have to send one pair back and buy another one because the condition was pretty bad on the one pair, but all in all I was very pleased! galacticsnowsports.com

For lift tickets my brother buys the 4 pack from Copper mountian for around $140.00 I know you have to buy early though.
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Old 09-05-2012, 09:41 AM
 
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21 days till snow making at Loveland !
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Old 09-05-2012, 10:30 AM
 
Location: Ned CO @ 8300'
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For lift tickets my brother buys the 4 pack from Copper mountian for around $140.00 I know you have to buy early though.
They are on sale through 12/9 @ $139. If you bought one in the spring you got an additional day.
Copper Mountain - 2012/2013 Four Pack $139
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Old 09-11-2012, 12:25 PM
 
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He's talking about a season rental. He sounds like a new skier (as has no gear). The season rental is a GREAT option for new skiers because you can trade in the gear and try other stuff out. For someone new to skiing this is a awesome, as they can slowly increase the length of their skis over the whole season.

I agree that you can get great deals on used or slightly used gear, but it sounds like the OP is pretty new to skiing and doesn't know what they want/need (like what length, width skies to get). If they have a season pass, they'll be going to the same mountains, so switching stuff out will be easy.

OP, I think your season rental idea is stellar. I did the same thing my first year and it was a very good choice. The next year I bought my own stuff cheaply because I had a much better idea of what I wanted. Then the year after that I bought a lot of better stuff.

How is buying a pass ridiculous as a beginner? I think they have the most to gain from owning a pass. Sounds like the OP has skied before (though not a lot), so they know they're interested in doing it.

Thanks. I have about 5 years of skiing experience in the Northeast, but I have not skied in over 5 years. This is why I am renting the first year..would hate to spend a bunch of $ on equipment when I have no idea what i would be comfortable with.
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Old 09-25-2012, 11:49 AM
 
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Just keeping the thread alive. Any new deals?
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Old 09-25-2012, 01:44 PM
 
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We did this a couple of years ago, great deal

The Grandest Christmas
Experience the holidays in Crested Butte

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The Grandest Christmas package includes -
Four nights at the full-service Grand Lodge Crested Butte.
Three days of lift tickets for two adults and two children (17 and under)
Adventure Park Tickets
Only $999*

The limited time package is perfect for families and makes a holiday ski vacation affordable on any budget.

The Grand Lodge is Crested Butte's most popular full-service hotel and includes many fine amenities:

200 yards from the lifts
Indoor/outdoor heated pool
Spa services
Restaurant & deli
Workout facilities
Steam Room
Free Wireless Internet
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