Went to the 3 popular ski sales that are going on in Denver: Christy Sports Powder Daze, Sports Authority Sniagrab, Colorado Ski and Golf Ski-Rex. I got to go early to all three as a VIP. Although they send out VIP admission to everyone. I wasn't looking at boots, so I can't comment on boots. I also wasn't looking at Women's equipment.
Some observations (add your own as you see fit):
- Sniagrab: Only stayed for about 10 mins. Not that much stuff. I miss the old days. A lot of beginner/intermediate K2/Volkl/Atomic skis. They had a decent amount of stuff covered in black plastic. The clerk told me those were doorbusters For Fri/Sat. Jackets were a lot of middle to low end Northface. Many of the jackets didn't look like last years models. It just looked like they discounted some stuff. Usually I can recognize old stock. They didn't have any bindings to sell separately, but the clerk told me they could be sold starting Fri. Overall I'd give it a C-, although maybe a B if you are a beginner.
- Powder Daze: Powder Daze had a decent selection of merchandise. Good prices on higher end jackets. Good prices on skis and bindings. They didn't have a huge inventory. A lot of skis that I would be interested in, weren't available in my size. They did have a range of quality and type of skis, Jackets and bindings. I'd give this a B
- Ski-Rex: Prices weren't as good as Powder Daze on many things, close though. Although a few thing were cheaper. They had a much better selection of items than the other stores. Also, more quantity at different lengths/sizes. They had more skis to chose from and more quanitity of each ski. Jackets select was pretty good too. I think Christy had nicer jackets though. This one is probably a B+ for selection and decent pricing.
anyway.. probably the same as most years, but Sniagrab just keeps getting worse. I don't know why I bother to go.
I ended up getting a jacket and some bindings from Powder Daze. I might have gotten them at Ski-Rex, except that I went to Powder Daze first. Pricing was pretty similar for these items at both places, although Ski-Rex had more selection.