If you and your family are fairly frequent skiers or snowboarders, it may be worth your money to invest in your own gear. If you’re still unsure on whether or not to take the plunge, read on to get the numbers we’ve crunched for you, plus a few other factors to consider.
The Cost of Ski and Snowboard Gear
Ski and snowboard gear can get pretty expensive, but you can avoid the highest of prices if you purchase outside of the peak months of October to January. A pair of downhill men’s or women’s skis can run anywhere from $250 (if you’re lucky at finding a good sale) to $1,300 (for truly high-end skis), with many averaging at around $600. A pair of children’s skis will be priced between $150 (on sale) and around $350—but these, of course, could be outgrown quickly. As for ski boots, they can run from $150 on sale to up to $1,000, though many run at around $400 per pair. So all in all, a good rough estimate for new skis and boots—and getting them for a decent deal—would be about $900. Snowboard gear pricing is very similar.
The Cost of Renting Gear
This, of course, varies by resort, but you can expect to pay between $25 and $50 per day for just skis and boots or a snowboard and boots alone; helmets are an extra $15 or so. Many ski shops also offer rental services, with ski and boot rentals running at around $15 or $20 per day.
Here is a sample calculation to help you gauge how many ski trips it would take to theoretically pay off your gear purchase: If your gear set you back $900, and you’re averaging at around $30 for rentals, it would technically take 30 ski trips to break even on snow gear spending. For relatively frequent skiers, that’s about three or four seasons’ worth of skiing or snowboarding.
You’re Also Paying for Convenience
Remember: Part of the luxury of owning ski gear matched and suited to you is that you no longer have to wait in long lines at the ski resort or ski shop to rent your gear. So while it may take more than a few ski trips to officially “pay off” your purchase, don’t forget to factor in the time and headache you’re saving with every trip, plus the extra mileage you’re getting out of a lift ticket—priceless conveniences that many forget to factor in when considering only financial calculations.
Don’t Forget About Matching Gear to Your Skill Level
Did you know that your skill level comes into play when purchasing gear? In the case of skis, skiers more on the beginner end of the scale are typically matched with skis that are close to chin length, while expert skiers tend to go for skis that reach top-of-the-head height. So if you’re set on getting gear that matches where you are skill-wise, don’t forget to consider that rising up in the ranks in skill level could mean for another gear purchase in the future. That said, selling your old gear is always an option to offset the cost of new gear.
If you happen to be traveling to Utah for its famous powder and have your ski or snowboard gear in tow, Peak Transportation can get you to where you need to go. Our spacious SUVs can carry gear for up to six people, and our vans can carry gear for up to 14 people.