Originally Posted by aliciajayne 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