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post #1 of 25
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Hey yall! I am driving from Tennessee to Alaska in December (relocating) and stopping by Colorado for several weeks on the way to see friends and family, and most of all, SKI! smile.gif

I am kind of a outdoor clothing junkie and luckily I'm moving to a place where even at my job it sounds like I never have to really wear anything but warm, comfortable and outdoorsy type clothing, so yay! The point is, I have plenty, but really not enough (is it ever enough) of ski specific or maybe enough general stuff for the coldest weather equip/clothes.

Back in North Carolina, I've been to an awesome secondhand store called second gear I think from all the people reselling their Appalachian mountain gear etc and scored a sleeping bag, hammock, and boots one time.

Now, as I research things and want to buy more stuff, I read a lot of people giving out advice about going to a thrift store etc. for ski stuff. So my question is, since I already have a bunch of extra time in Colorado, do you think I can find things like used camping gear (warmer sleeping bags, 4season tents, etc), ski pants, ski jackets, base layers, gloves, mittens, accessories etc at second hand places? And if so WHERE specifically do you recommend as awesome places to actually accomplish this? I will be traveling through aspen, vail, frisco, breck, etc. And maybe even all the way towards Denver.

I would love any advice to stock up on stuff like this since I already will be dropping a lot of money on winterizing my car (whatever that means haha) and buying (hopefully) all additional ski store specific full priced essentials (boots, goggles,helmet, socks)

And most of all, if you don't want to share your secrets to finding this stuff openly, please just private message me and I'll keep your intel safe haha
post #2 of 25

Alaska!  Is that why you got interested in learning to ski recently?

 

There are plenty of places to shop for outdoor gear in Colorado.  Last March I discovered that the only Acrc'teryx outlet store in the country is in an outlet shopping center south of Denver.  Don't know if there will be any sales when you are there, but the usual outlet mark down is around 30%.

 

Paging @segbrown , @skier31 , @rachelv 

post #3 of 25
It sounds like cost is a factor for you rather then getting an exact item

If I were you id buy a ton from Sierratradingpost being sure to use coupons. Then spending a good session at home trying it all out and returning what doesnt work for you. Flat rate returns.

Especially for base and midlayers you dont need something very specific.
Stp does have a few retail stores in CO but my understanding is the internet is easier to accomplish the shopping.
post #4 of 25

What is your route in December to get to AK?  Are you planning on driving all the way?  That sounds really cold and icy to me, but I've never considered it. 

 

Or are you taking the ferry?  If you're taking this option then you'll travel through Seattle where you can find some decent second hand sports stores.  Just Google "second hand sports Seattle" and you'll see three right on top.

 

I'm sure the same kind of search would get you places all along your route.

post #5 of 25

Wilderness Exchange in downtown Denver consigns used outdoor gear; they also carry new discounted gear and clothing (factory seconds, etc.).

 

In the mountains, try Wilderness Sports and its Second Tracks store in Dillon, Recycle Sports in Frisco, and Ridden Gear in Breck.

 

But really, as noted, spend a lot of time on Sierra Trading Post, Level Nine, and Campsaver first. 

 

(Come to think of it, what size are you? I need to sell some stuff....)

post #6 of 25

REI  Members-only garage sales.

 

 

The next one is on Dec. 5th - and Denver REI is a really good place to do it.

post #7 of 25
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Originally Posted by cantunamunch View Post
 

REI  Members-only garage sales.

 

 

The next one is on Dec. 5th - and Denver REI is a really good place to do it.


Even if don't buy much at the Denver REI, worth walking around for while.  Can try on jackets from various brands to see what fits better.

 

There is a shop down the street that carries a lot of ski gear.  Near several pretty neat places to eat.

 

The Denver REI has free parking lots for people shopping for an hour or two.

post #8 of 25
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Even if don't buy much at the Denver REI, worth walking around for while.  Can try on jackets from various brands to see what fits better.

 

There is a shop down the street that carries a lot of ski gear.  Near several pretty neat places to eat.

 

The Denver REI has free parking lots for people shopping for an hour or two.

THat's the Wilderness Exchange I mentioned earlier. Should have specified that it was a block from the REI, thanks!

post #9 of 25

Check this.  There are 5 used sporting goods stores listed.

 

http://denver.cbslocal.com/top-lists/top-used-sporting-goods-stores-in-denver/

post #10 of 25
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Check this.  There are 5 used sporting goods stores listed.

 

http://denver.cbslocal.com/top-lists/top-used-sporting-goods-stores-in-denver/

 

I wouldn't bother with the Play It Again Sports locations, unless something has changed. You might find something, but it's mostly outgrown hockey/lacrosse/football/baseball gear. And skis from the 90s.

post #11 of 25
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Originally Posted by Posaune View Post

What is your route in December to get to AK?  Are you planning on driving all the way?  That sounds really cold and icy to me, but I've never considered it. 

Or are you taking the ferry?  If you're taking this option then you'll travel through Seattle where you can find some decent second hand sports stores.  Just Google "second hand sports Seattle" and you'll see three right on top.

I'm sure the same kind of search would get you places all along your route.

I'm driving the whole way, and once I leave Colorado I'll be going up through Montana and Canada. While I could prob find some stops on the way, I think time will start being more of a factor by then but I will keep that in mind. I've heard the place I'm living might have some good second hand stores because there is a military presence so people are always coming and going, so hopefully that is true.
post #12 of 25
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Man I was kind of hoping to avoid much time in Denver cuz I wanna hang in aspen but it sounds like there is some awesome opportunities! Thanks so much for all these places! I am an REI member so that could def be good too! smile.gif thanks!!
post #13 of 25
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And I'm like usually a size small soo feel free to make a donation wink.gif lol!!!!

Im just so excited to see snow!
post #14 of 25
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Alaska!  Is that why you got interested in learning to ski recently?
Haha I told you I was trying to move somewhere out west! I just didn't know where I was going to get an assignment 😳. So now that I found out its AK I can never complain about not experiencing snow 😂
Hopefully it gives me some skills I can take back down to the lower 48 next year!!
post #15 of 25
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I wouldn't bother with the Play It Again Sports locations, unless something has changed. You might find something, but it's mostly outgrown hockey/lacrosse/football/baseball gear. And skis from the 90s.

 

^ Very much this.      The only time I've 'lucked out' at a PIAS was when I was specifically looking for freakish skis from the 90s.    You're better off browsing Denver craigslist.

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Man I was kind of hoping to avoid much time in Denver cuz I wanna hang in aspen but it sounds like there is some awesome opportunities! Thanks so much for all these places! I am an REI member so that could def be good too! smile.gif thanks!!

 

Don't spend much time in Denver.       Scout out Denver C-list 1, 2, 3 nights before you drive through, you can do that before you bed down and stop for stuff that looks really interesting.   Whiz through REI and Wilderness Exchange and go.     5 hours tops unless you find something you really like on c-list.

post #16 of 25

Aspen's thrift stores can be a treasure trove of high end, lightly used gear.

At least,  that's what my people tell me.

post #17 of 25

Try the free box in Telluride...  :)

 

post #18 of 25
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^ Very much this.      The only time I've 'lucked out' at a PIAS was when I was specifically looking for freakish skis from the 90s.    You're better off browsing Denver craigslist.

Don't spend much time in Denver.       Scout out Denver C-list 1, 2, 3 nights before you drive through, you can do that before you bed down and stop for stuff that looks really interesting.   Whiz through REI and Wilderness Exchange and go.     5 hours tops unless you find something you really like on c-list.

Awesome! Thanks. I read on Denver's garage sale page that they pass out some sort of lottery ticket to get in? Any experience with what that means exactly?
post #19 of 25

Driving to Alaska in winter...I hope you have a very capable and reliable vehicle and carry a very warm sleeping bag and emergency supplies as once you get to northern B.C.and the Yukon there are very long distances between outposts of civilization and I'm not sure about cell phone reception.

 

Make sure that you get a block heater installed in you vehicle so you can plug in each night at the motel/hotel. Anti-freeze should be 60/40 antifreeze/water or close to it.

post #20 of 25
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Driving to Alaska in winter...I hope you have a very capable and reliable vehicle and carry a very warm sleeping bag and emergency supplies as once you get to northern B.C.and the Yukon there are very long distances between outposts of civilization and I'm not sure about cell phone reception.

Make sure that you get a block heater installed in you vehicle so you can plug in each night at the motel/hotel. Anti-freeze should be 60/40 antifreeze/water or close to it.

Yup, in the process of planning all that, thank you! May have to get some mechanic in Colorado to help as I know what to do but people down here are pretty stupid even about snow tires frown.gif thanks though! It will def be part of the adventure lol
post #21 of 25
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I see you're from British Columbia so I'll have to give ya a wave on my way! Haha 👋🏻❄️😃
post #22 of 25
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I see you're from British Columbia so I'll have to give ya a wave on my way! Haha 👋🏻❄️😃

 

There is a good chance your journey to Alaska will take you through Kamloops, B.C, only a 45 minute drive from Sun Peaks, where I will be skiing until I start to head to the Aspen Gathering in mid or late January. If you have time to stop, PM me and I will show you around the mountain.

post #23 of 25
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Awesome! Thanks. I read on Denver's garage sale page that they pass out some sort of lottery ticket to get in? Any experience with what that means exactly?

Have been to a REI Garage Sale near my house in NC.  I assume about the same any where.  On the day of the sale, they start handing out free timed tickets at a set time.  Let's say 8:30am.  So there is a line starting perhaps around 8:00am.  The lottery part is that you don't know what 30-min time slot you may get.  So being there at 6:00am is not an advantage.  If you show up mid-morning, might still be possible to get into the Garage Sale at some point that day.

 

When you go during the assigned time slot, you can stay as long as you need to.  The Garage Sale items are in the back storage are at my local REI.  Organized up to a point.  It's like an organized yard sale.  Mostly returns or floor samples so some things have no issues (wrong size) while others may have minor issues.  Once you leave the Garage Sale area, you can't go back in.

 

Hope that helps.

post #24 of 25

The Canadian dollar is your friend. 

post #25 of 25
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The Canadian dollar is your friend. 

 

It sure is.     Shall we tell (her?) about the used gear shops in Calgary and the fun to be had at MEC?

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