A student’s guide to affordable gear: skis and snowboards

A student’s guide to affordable gear: skis and snowboards
March 8, 2013 Brix Hahn

By Brix Hahn, Extreme Alaska

March 8, 2013

An overview shot of the UAF Terrain Park. March 8, 2013. Matthew Putman, Extreme Alaska

An overview shot of the UAF Terrain Park. March 8, 2013. Matthew Putman, Extreme Alaska

Skiing and snowboarding are winter sport staples in Alaska culture, and when the weather is behaving, being left at home while friends hit the slopes can put a damper on one’s weekend.

The newly opened terrain park on UAF’s West Ridge is drawing a lot of attention from both adventurous and excited students and staff as it is the first university campus terrain park in the United States. However, partaking in the hobby of skiing and snowboarding can be expensive—especially while living on a student’s budget. To put this into perspective, an average set of new skis, boots, bindings, and poles from the REI store adds up to around $1,000. A snowboard, boots, and bindings will put around an $800 dent in one’s wallet.

Play It Again Sports can be a great place to score on affordable gear, but their selection sometimes lacks gear for more advanced skiers and boarders.

Here are three websites that sell used skis and equipment at affordable costs, reasonable shipping rates, and that feature many popular and high quality brands:

 1. Mountain Time Sports

mountaintimesports.com

MTS is an online company based out of Washington that sells all its gear at least 50 percent off its retail value. Additionally, all snowboards and skis are sold freshly waxed, leaving the customer to adjust his or her own bindings and immediately get out on the slopes.

Top brands: Butron, Head, K2, Rossignol, Salmon, Wolkl
Average snowboard: $50-$130
Aver skis: $200
Shipping cost: $0

2. Level Nine Sports

levelninesports.com

Level Nine sells all its gear with a warranty, all shipments cost a flat rate of $7 and not only do they sell boards and skis, but also helmets, goggles, accessories and winter apparel.

Top brands: Atomic Cloud, Head Peak, Head Maya
Average snowboard: $150
Average ski package: $200-$400 (skis, boots, bindings)
Shipping cost: $7

3. Galactic Snow Sports

galacticsnowsports.com

GSS, based out of Virginia, ships all orders for free and has a wide selection of brands and gear—both new and used.

Top brands: K2, Salmon, Burton, Ride
Average snowboard package: $130 (board, boots, bindings)
Average ski package: $170 (skis, poles, boots, bindings)
Shipping cost: $0

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