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What time of year is best for buying skis?

post #1 of 24
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What time of year is best for buying skis for the up-coming season?
With issues such as price is it better to buy in the off season.But then are you paying a sacrifice on been to early for the new season ski line ups?
post #2 of 24
Summer, labor day sales. Two problems. most of us like to try skis first, so we demo them in the spring and buy off season. So that rules out the new year's models. The other problem is that some of the hottest skis are long gone by summer. Prices usually drop a little after Christmas, then more after President's week. Some really great skis can be bought from April- September at half price. Good time to stock up on bindings too. That's my usual plan.
In one case however, I tried the Volkl Mantras the season before, waited for the spring sales, they sold out, then bought them last October at full list price and saw them sell out again by Christmas...: no regrets.
post #3 of 24
Thre is a bad time?
post #4 of 24
Right now. This is when skis start to get put away..until next season. They don't get brought out again..until the price goes up. This is the time of year when sellers start really lowerring prices..humming and hawing..making deals. At SOME point they know there is a lot more money beginning of next season than there is now. Private sellers are a bit of an exception.
post #5 of 24
Now is a great time if you know what you want. Check some of the sellers in ski sale/swap forum here, Sierrasnowboard.com, ptex1, dawgcatching, etc. Last February I bought a pair of Mantras from ptex1 for $499 shipped. That was a great deal.

Also, there are deals galore on ebay. If you're willing to go back a few years, you can pick up top rated skis for under $150, sometimes under $100. I saw some Rossi GS race skis from 2002, the 9s, go for $56 last week. Ski 'em twice and they've paid for themselves.

Figure out what you want, shop around for the next few months, and when the deal pops up, buy them.

And like Phil said there is never a bad time to buy skis.
post #6 of 24
I would avoid buying in October-November-December. Otherwise bargains are plentiful for those who search.

Cheers,

Michael
post #7 of 24
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Originally Posted by Philpug View Post
There is a bad time?
I don't know if I've caught the Philpug bug, or if I came here with the gear addiction and have stoked the fire, but I too, don't think there is a bad time of year to buy!

I do think that there is a bargain in every season if you keep your eye open!
post #8 of 24
Now is the best time.
post #9 of 24
MKStevenson just hollered at me from Mammoth. He said all the shops are having massive tent sales this weekend and the town is empty.

He said that at the Ski Doctor the guy at the shop was practically begging him to take his Sugar Daddies, even going so far as to toss in free bindings, tune and wax and the skis were down close to $300.

Additionally, my dad is up in Truckee and said that Boreal is having a huge parking lot sale tomorrow (Sunday) and cleaning out all their new and used gear.

I'm with Phil the Pug, though, is there really a bad time to buy skis?



you can pretty much find deals any time of the year if you put in the effort. Now there are good deals but the selections are kind of meager both in terms of models and sizes. But search and ye shall find something.
post #10 of 24
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Originally Posted by Ghost View Post
Now is the best time.
actually about 60-40 days ago was better for selection.
post #11 of 24
agree.

a month ago, I saw the ski I wanted, waited a couple days because I was busy with other spring stuff, the ski (my length) GONE!!!

Took a couple weeks to find another one on sale, more or less the same price as the one that I missed out on. This time I didn't dilly-dally around no more!

Since I got it, I kept looking, just for fun. The price never drop much, the only thing going down are inventory. So you may not get what you want if you wait too much longer.
post #12 of 24
I guess it depends on how good a deal you want and how selective you are. On some models you might have to pre-order, but if your not too fussy, you could wait until the ski is 4 years old. The trick is to get to the store just before the skis get put away to make room for the lawn furniture and bicycles, provided you have an adequate knowledge base of what would suit your needs.
post #13 of 24
Demo before Seasons end, then buy mid spring. If its race equipment and you happen to be a racer, stuff gets really cheap. Like new Volkl SL skis for $420, and binding plates for $125. I just picked up M14s for $160, and Leki SL Venoms for $70 (new). I reccomend looking for non race skis on eBay, along with some racestocks. They get realllllly cheap. With stuff like bindings and plates you have to do some searching online and in B&M stores.
post #14 of 24
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Originally Posted by Mr. Crab View Post
Summer, labor day sales. Two problems. most of us like to try skis first, so we demo them in the spring and buy off season. So that rules out the new year's models. The other problem is that some of the hottest skis are long gone by summer. Prices usually drop a little after Christmas, then more after President's week. Some really great skis can be bought from April- September at half price. Good time to stock up on bindings too. That's my usual plan.
In one case however, I tried the Volkl Mantras the season before, waited for the spring sales, they sold out, then bought them last October at full list price and saw them sell out again by Christmas...: no regrets.
Nope, not necissarily. I got to demo the Tigersharks, and they are now on sale for $800-$950 with the switch if you look hard enough.
post #15 of 24
lol, $800 for tigersharks. what is this, deer valley?
post #16 of 24
"on sale for $800-$950..."

wow!

i generally consider a good buy to be when a ski drops below $500, preferably below $400...in fact i haven't paid more'n $550 (before tax) for any of my skis and I bought them all new from various venders (local shops, online, chain stores, and at the resort shops) usually at peak times of the year, but a few at the end of the season (got my most recent pair for $375 over Mem Day weekend).
post #17 of 24
Got these in April and May for around $1050.
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post #18 of 24
REI's website has what I thought were some pretty good deals right now...

PE's, i.m82's, i.m88's, B2's, B3's and numerous others. I couldn't leave the i.m82's on the screen, I picked up those up earlier this week.
post #19 of 24
The best time to buy skis is a couple of weeks before Christmas, the stores are busy, salesmen are on their game, shoppers are desperate for gifts, snows starting to fall. The best profit margin of the year. Christmas shoppers will buy anything.

I Love Christmas.



oh, yeah...I run a ski shop.

You meant 'whats best' for ME right?
post #20 of 24
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Originally Posted by dookey67 View Post
"on sale for $800-$950..."

wow!

i generally consider a good buy to be when a ski drops below $500, preferably below $400...in fact i haven't paid more'n $550 (before tax) for any of my skis and I bought them all new from various venders (local shops, online, chain stores, and at the resort shops) usually at peak times of the year, but a few at the end of the season (got my most recent pair for $375 over Mem Day weekend).
For a ski thats msrp'n for 1300, it isnt bad.
post #21 of 24
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Originally Posted by Whiteroom View Post
The best time to buy skis is a couple of weeks before Christmas, the stores are busy, salesmen are on their game, shoppers are desperate for gifts, snows starting to fall. The best profit margin of the year. Christmas shoppers will buy anything.

I Love Christmas.



oh, yeah...I run a ski shop.

You meant 'whats best' for ME right?
good one -- are you the Skier Shop on Mtn. Road?
post #22 of 24
Around here the shops seem to pull their inventory and wait until August sale time. Now is not a good time here unless you are near the mountain. It's pain in the a$$ to have "tire kicker" dropping in to the shop, asking questions and then not buying. If you have rock bottom prices, that's a different story. There are shops who try to dump the inventory at the end of the season and that's were I find the best deals. Problem is, off season means left overs.
post #23 of 24
The best time for you to buy is when I am trying to unloa...sell my stuff.
post #24 of 24
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Originally Posted by Rise To The Top View Post
For a ski thats msrp'n for 1300, it isnt bad.
If you're looking at the Tigersharks, you're not worrying about the cost. I'd buy two pairs of doohickey-free skis with the same money.
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