Buses are less than gas.. check out if there are any sweet deals for FREE buses also.
- (portland statue university kids ride the local greasebus for free so I get a free ride with my cousin who goes there)
Buy season passes early, there is at least a 100-200 dollar savings
Always go to bargain ski places or shop way off season for gear
- try on gear before you buy so you dont end up wasting money online on gear that doesnt fit.
-I got my oakley jacket for 99 dollars off of 350 doing this + it was new
Ask friends/ coaches/ siblings for used stuff
(This only applies to summer skiing)-> if your flying to camps, there is no need to pay a 50 dollar carry on fee to bring your skis, because you can demo awesome new 2010-2011 skis for free at the rep dealers.
Buy scott poles, they are soooooooo cheap and, depending on the series of pole, they are really strong. (just cut them down if you want them tiny, dont waste money on the line poles)
Buy demo'd skis from dealers. They are at least 50% cheaper and a lot of the times you can score bindings with them also.
- Personally I avoid buying used skis directly from an individual because last time I did that it turned out they were in much worse condition than he made them out to be when I bought them and they fractured in 4 places.
SPEND MONEY ON---> Helmets/bindings, they are the most important thing to have if you dont intend on breaking something. good quality bindings/helmets save you from way bad injuries.
-For example: my dads went cheap on his bindings. they didnt eject properly and he broke 2 legs. so think about that when you buy.