After two years of skiing, my kids outgrew the basic rentals. We've been doing season rentals which is by FAR the best way to start, but the skis are at this point holding them back (they ski 15 to 20 days a season, for recreation). The shop we normally use (sports basement) has a really steep price bump if you want anything but the basic, so it feels like buying/selling used gear might be better.
Of course, I'm not the first one to go through this :) I looked for older info on the subject of buying/selling skis for kids who are constantly growing: here, here, here and there. It seems like getting the skis will be much easier (and less important) than the boots.
Long story short, I would like buy everything early on (in the next couple month), so we can use as much as possible of the season. I am sure there are some ski swaps in North Tahoe, but that's a 3.5 hours trip for SF. I would be happy to mantain a list of ski swaps in the SF bay area for 2016. So far, I only found this one:
I would love to hear if you are aware of other swaps in the area.
Regarding boots, I wonder if it's better to buy in a ski shop in North Tahoe where I ski, since kids can grow a size during the ski season, and hopefully they'll let you exchange through the season. Or maybe there is a good place to rent decent boots over there? . Mmm, @Trekchick , @KingGrump, @alexzn, you must know a good place, I'm sure :)
Many thanks for any help!
(Note: I updated some info I missed in the original post)
Edited by mendieta - 8/15/16 at 6:30pm