9 ways to get cheap ski gear in Colorado for this winter

9 ways to get cheap ski gear in Colorado for this winter

Ski season is here. Denver has already recorded its first snowfall and Front Range resorts got two feet of snow from last week’s series of storms, with Arapahoe Basin and Loveland opening this weekend.

Next up will be Keystone and Breckenridge on Nov. 9, with Winter Park, Copper Mountain, Vail and Purgatory scheduled to open the following week. Some of those resorts could open even earlier if snowfall in the coming days is especially plentiful.

Labor Day ski sales have come and gone, but there are plenty of ways for skiers and snowboarders to save money on gear and clothing, especially if you have little ones to outfit.

Ski swaps are one avenue, and some are scheduled next week. But in case you miss the swaps, we’ve pulled together a list of second-hand gear stores, daily clothing rental options and season gear rentals for your kids on the Front Range.

Sales of used equipment

  • Play It Again Sam: This chain with eight Front Range locations offers a wide selection of used downhill boots and skis for sale, along with some cross country and telemark gear. You can walk out the door with a full set-up of downhill gear for $225-$300, according to Lakewood store manager Nick Hulme. And, if you’re looking to sell, this is not a consignment shop. Bring in what you want to sell and you will walk out with cash, or in-store credit, based on quality and condition. Locations in Arvada, Aurora, Boulder, Castle Rock, Colorado Springs (two), Lakewood and Longmont.
  • Sports Plus: At this family-owned consignment store near Washington Park, which has been in business since 1980, you can pick up a full downhill setup for $200-$500, owner Zack Hope said. They also sell some cross country and backcountry gear, along with clothing. 1055 S. Gaylord Street; Phone: 303-777-6613.
  • Wilderness Exchange: This is a backcountry-oriented outdoor gear shop selling new and used equipment and clothing. Some of it is close-out products from manufacturers (last year’s gear, for example) at big discounts. There is also a consignment section. 2401 15th Street; Phone: 303-964-0708.
  • Boulder Sports Recycler: In addition to downhill skis, this is a good place to go for backcountry gear including alpine touring gear, skins and telemark skis. 4949 N. Broadway, Boulder; Phone: 303-786-9940.

Clothing rentals

  • Loveland ski area: An adult can get a full package of rental clothing for $40, or you can rent by the piece. Bibs and jackets rent for $15 each, goggles and gloves $8 each. For children, prices are $6 each for goggles and gloves, $10 each for bibs and jackets, $25 for the full package. Loveland also has a Day Tripper package, aimed primarily at out-to-town visitors, which includes lift ticket, equipment rental and clothing rental for the day for $135 early season (opening day through Dec. 14), $145 regular season. Phone: 303-571-5580.
  • Colorado Sports Rent: This Westminster store, which moved a half mile east of its former location this summer, rents clothing as well as skis, snowboards, boots, poles and goggles. Skis, boots and poles for kids go for $12 a day and $19 for adults. Jacket rentals are $8 a day, pants $8, goggles and gloves $3 each. It’s located at 6755 W. 88th Ave. Phone: 303-467-0200.

Programs for children’s season rentals

  • Christy Sports: The Christy Kids program is a great deal that bundles equipment rentals for the season with season passes at five Front Range ski areas. For example, a season-long equipment rental and a season pass for Loveland or Arapahoe Basin for ages 6-14 cost only $199 together. The price will be $299 for Copper Mountain and $329 at Winter Park for ages 5-12. There is a similar deal for Monarch. Note: The deadline to score those deals is Nov. 18. If you’re looking for season rentals alone, prices start at $109 for juniors and $169 for adults. Multiple Front Range locations.
  • Epic Mountain Gear: Under the rebranded name Vail Resorts gave Colorado Ski & Golf this past summer, Epic continues to offer its long-standing Junior Trade program. Parents can buy new or used gear for their kids and trade it in for a replacement at 50 percent off when the kids outgrow it. For example, new gear purchased this year ($199) can be exchanged for new gear in subsequent years for $99. Used gear costs $99 for the first year and $49 in subsequent years. Prices remain in effect as long as the child remains in youth or junior-sized equipment. Multiple Front Range locations.
  • Breeze Ski Rentals: Junior season rentals (ages 12 and under) will cost $139.99 for skis, boots and poles at the Lakewood and Frisco locations. Boots-only rentals cost $49.00, skis only $79.99. Adult season rentals will cost $179.99 for skis, boots and poles. 11355 Sixth Ave., Lakewood; Phone: 303-232-2384.
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