It’s winter, and I am excited to get on the slopes on the regular. But, it is an expensive sport, especially for a family. Here are a few tips:
- For growing kids, look for used ski clothing. Whoever outgrew it probably only wore it for a couple of seasons at most. Same for your kiddo, so why commit to expensive new stuff. I’m a Winter Park gal and LOVE the Winter Park Trading Company.
- For grown-ups, check out Steep and Cheap. Great brand name clothing and gear. Camping stuff, too. If you are into that.
- For lift tickets try Liftopia. It doesn’t always have what you want and when, but if you shop in advance, you could knock some $$ off a one or two day pass.
- Buddy up! Ikon pass holders don’t rebuff your Epic friends! Plan ahead to ski together using each other’s buddy days. Variety, friends, and deals – what could be better?
- Rent, rent, rent! If you are not a regular on the mountain but want to see if the family will like it, you can rent clothes and skis/boards for a reasonable price all season. Last year I left all my outerwear at home (rookie mistake!) and was saved by the good people at Epic Mountain Sports in Winter Park.
See you on the slopes!