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Where to buy ski gear in Los Angeles? Or would it be cheaper and less hassle in Whistler?

post #1 of 18
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I'm off to Whistler next Friday - not spending any time in Vancouver but have 2 days first in LA.

I'm looking to buy ski pants, gloves, helmets and possibly jackets.

Does anyone know any retail outlets in Los Angeles that stock brand name ski gear at good prices?

Would ski gear be much cheaper in LA compared to Whistler?

Or would it be better to save the time and hassle and just wait until we get to Whistler?
post #2 of 18
LA has good shops and bad shops and I don't know that area. Whistler, on the other  hand, most likely only has good shops.

and it's always nice to support the resort. happy shopping!
post #3 of 18
 whistler has good deals going on, compared with the hassle of carting everything around i'd say just buy it up here.
post #4 of 18
Are the whistler deals actually good, taking into consideration the fact that stuff in Canada is usually more expensive supposedly to compensate for the "weaker" Canadian dollar.  Right now, since the CAD is almost on par with the USD, does that make a good deal in Canada still not very good if you're coming from the US?

In other words, if a helmet sells for $100 normally in the US, and you find it on sale for $75.  What's it going for in Canada?  $150 on sale for something like $110?  I know you guys historically get screwed on the prices of a lot of goods, I'm just wondering if that's worse than normal these days with the CAD being so strong compared to the USD.
post #5 of 18
 yes, but you also have to factor in all the externals.... sitting in LA traffic, trying to find the deals, etc.... or walking in the village and within 1000 feet finding 6 competing shops for the same product.
post #6 of 18
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Originally Posted by aliciajayne View Post

I'm off to Whistler next Friday - not spending any time in Vancouver but have 2 days first in LA.

I'm looking to buy ski pants, gloves, helmets and possibly jackets.

Does anyone know any retail outlets in Los Angeles that stock brand name ski gear at good prices?

Would ski gear be much cheaper in LA compared to Whistler?

Or would it be better to save the time and hassle and just wait until we get to Whistler?

 
Price differences?........I can't tell you.

The usual suspects are Sport Chalet, REI, Sports Authority, Chick's (might now be Dick's now) Patagonia (in Ventura) You should ask them by phone which of their many locations carry the bulk of their ski equipment. (this will really save you an amazing amount of time)

There are a few Mom and Pops shops left, like Doc's in Santa Monica. They have some different brands not seen anywhere else in the southwest. But FULL price.They can't survive any other way.

It really matters what brands your looking for. If you know the brand your looking for. I've found that using the brand's web site and work what you want to a dealer here.

How many times I've wasted my time driving somewhere only to find out that they have a poor selection and few sizes. Sometimes I've called ahead only to find out I was lied to about availability. (Be prepared for it!) Yeah I love the teenage minded help in businesses today.

Every year I see a little less Ski related equipment offered and more Snowboard equipment that doesn't sell.

It depends on your budget and how much you ski. So you get a good amount of usage out of what you buy.

I discovered Marmot and Kjus upper end products. Top shelf bomb proof quality pricey stuff. Hey but I'm not planning on Skiing only for a few seasons or years.

Regards,
Edited by skimalibu - 12/30/09 at 12:00am
post #7 of 18
Hi,

You posted the identical post on the aussie ski forums!!

IMHO buy the stuff in whistler, and  enjoy your stopover in LA, rather than traipsing around for 2 days in a rental car chasing ski gear. There are some good vendors in LA, but as someone else said, you can find  5x similar vendors in whistler in a 30 minute walk.

There is a very good range of product in whistler, and the prices are not too bad, depending on what you are looking for. You will find a good range of gloves and helmets in whistler at competitive prices. There will also be a good range of pants and jackets, but these are generally less discounted this time of year, especially on the premium brands. However, bargain hard, as they are hungry for sales!

Cheers

Robbo
post #8 of 18
You run the risk of running all over in LA and not finding anything which would be a waste of time (or not - you're in LA after all), and consider that this is high season, so discounts are not going to be substantial.

Two suggestions -

1) Look into the online outfits - Backcountry.com, Backcountryoutlet.com, Sierratradingpost.com and many others (search!) and if you find anything, have it shipped to your hotel in LA. Of course this assumes that you know sizes, but for sure it'll be miles cheaper than a b&m store.

2) Stop at the Whistler Factory Store in Squamish, which is the only one who runs good prices in and out of season, but the selection is not the greatest. If you get lucky and find what you like, it'll be half price of Whistler. With the best snowfall in NA right now, and high season coming, discounts in Whistler will be like hen's teeth.
post #9 of 18
You might also want to consider stopping in Vancouver to shop.  Locals can tell you more, but there is a street in town (don't remember which one) that has a whole bunch of ski gear retailers within about two blocks.  I spent an entire morning walking from one store to another looking at parkas one time.  She didn't find what she was looking for, so we went on to Whistler and the prices were much higher. She didn't find it there, either.
post #10 of 18
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Originally Posted by Posaune View Post

You might also want to consider stopping in Vancouver to shop.  Locals can tell you more, but there is a street in town (don't remember which one) that has a whole bunch of ski gear retailers within about two blocks.  I spent an entire morning walking from one store to another looking at parkas one time.  She didn't find what she was looking for, so we went on to Whistler and the prices were much higher. She didn't find it there, either.

I suspect you're talking about Robson Street.
post #11 of 18
Nope, 4th ave. and Burrard Street area - Comor, Snowcovers, West Coast Sports and a couple other that sell apparel but more snowboard-related hardgoods.

Price-wise between Vancouver and Whistler, 09-10 stuff is going to cost pretty much the same, but I've seen good sales in both places. It's more of a matter of finding what you need on sale and I would check out both places if you have the time.

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I suspect you're talking about Robson Street.
post #12 of 18
 There is also an Arcteryx outlet store just outside of Vancouver. Sometimes not much price difference, but sometimes they have major discounts. http://www.yelp.ca/biz/arcteryx-equipment-north-vancouver
post #13 of 18
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Originally Posted by Unbound View Post

 yes, but you also have to factor in all the externals.... sitting in LA traffic, trying to find the deals, etc.... or walking in the village and within 1000 feet finding 6 competing shops for the same product.

That's cool.  I wasn't trying to argue with your suggestion.  It was an honest question because I've never shopped for gear when I've been in Whistler.
post #14 of 18
Below are the 2 oldest boutique ski shops left in LA that you should check out:

Doc's Ski Haus in Santa Monica - www.docsskihaus.com

Sports LTD in Woodland Hills - www.skidealer.com
post #15 of 18
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Originally Posted by snofun3 View Post

Two suggestions -

1) Look into the online outfits - Backcountry.com, Backcountryoutlet.com, Sierratradingpost.com and many others (search!) and if you find anything, have it shipped to your hotel in LA. Of course this assumes that you know sizes, but for sure it'll be miles cheaper than a b&m store.
 
Lots of good suggestions.  I live in Vancouver and on large purchases I usually shop stateside/online and ship to my hotel their when doing a trip so I'm very familiar with doing such.  Sierra and backcountry are quite good.  I've become a backcountry gearwhore with their steepandcheap.com and tramdock.com chainlove.com etc sites.  The parent backcountry.com site has full lifetime warrantee. ie. your ski's crack unexpected/jacket rips/wrong size....chat live online/request an RMA and send the goods back.

If you've got lots of $ I suspect you'd not be asking and you'd just shop whistler as no question they'll have what you need.  If you appreciate some $ savings backcountry.com can be excellent.  ie. order many items to your hotel room, if unsure on sizing get both sizes and then at the hotel decide what you want to keep (if anything). Chat 'em up online/rma what you have to and they can even email you a PDF file for the shipping label so you just tape it on the box with good going back and leave it at front counter for UPS.....

I save $$$$ annually just buying stateside, don't return much but when I need to appreciate it.  Then again I've bought all but a house online so YMMV.

The N. Vancouver Arcteryx store is neat, just went their first time 2 days ago. It's not huge and I think it's like many such places, depends on specific week/month you go if theirs goods for you. Ladies had tons of size M and men's was typically XL of what I saw.  I'd still rather get my arcteryx from backcountry.com on sale and have the lifetime unless the outlet price was so stellar. 
post #16 of 18

Two places in L.A. to buy all the ski gear you would ever need:

 

1) REI in Santa Monica. Parking sucks, but it's closer to the airport.

2) Sports Chalet in La Canada. Occasional sales/deals. Pretty far away, unless you're flying into Burbank.

 

I'd skip the boutiques, with the exception of Ski Net Sports in Studio City (tiny place, but knowledgeable guys). Sports Chalet in La Canada does actually carry all that Bogner "cub scout patch" silliness, if that's what you're into.

 

Hope this helps:)

post #17 of 18

All you need is SkiNet Sports in Studio City. REI or Ski Chalet or Big 5 are staffed with people who want to sell, sell, sell. The first thing Claude does with me is start recommendations with last year's models which usually run about 40-50% off. I've never walked out of SkiNet feeling like I spent more than I should have.

 

Wednesdays they meet their customers on the local hills to chat about equipment and ski together. It's just a cool little place staffed by people who love to ski and want you to love it, too.

http://www.skinetsports.com

post #18 of 18

This thread goes to sleep for three years, then gets one post.  Sleeps another two years and gets one more.

 

Staying power.

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