My parents mainly just loan money out to me, or give me christmas presents in advance if I don't have the money to buy the ski gear that I want. I usually end up paying for all of it though, unless it's something I really need, like replacing torn pants or something. They also want me to wear a helmet, so they help me pay for that. I bought new skis at the end of the season for $179 after trading two pairs of old skis in, and that was completely my money. I also bought new wakeboard bindings for $319, which was completely my money.