How to Find Skis

How to Find Skis
Whether you have been renting your ski equipment or are a beginner, you may be thinking about buying skis. Where you shop will depend on your budget and skill level. There are many places to find skis. Some are be full-service shops and others are no-frills locations that require you to be more knowledgeable. Knowing where and how to find skis will help you get the most value for your purchase.

Instructions

Difficulty: Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Computer with internet access Local newspapers Phone book Ski magazines
  • Computer with internet access
  • Local newspapers
  • Phone book
  • Ski magazines
Step 1
Check your local phone book and the internet for ski shops in your area. Independent ski shops offer personal service and help you fit your skis accurately when you visit them in person. If you live in a warm-weather destination, search the internet for ski shops near your favorite ski resort. You may consider purchasing skis via a ski shop's website or over the telephone before your trip, but buying new skis is a good excuse to plan a vacation so you may make your purchase in person.
Step 2
Head to your local discount sporting goods store. These large chains offer a lot of choices and bargains without the personalized attention, so make sure to know what size and type of skis you wish to purchase.
Step 3
Visit sports consignment shops and thrift stores. You may not always find skis at these places and the selection may be limited. However, whatever you find will be inexpensive.
Step 4
Visit the website for convention centers in the area and check for winter sports shows or ski swaps. Buy new and used skis and equipment at these events.
Step 5
Scour the garage sale listings in your local newspaper. You may find listings for skis, but you may have to monitor the ads for a long time before you find the size and type you are looking for.

Tips & Warnings

 
Many used pairs of skis will already have bindings. Save money by buying used skis and investing in new bindings adjusted for your skill level and weight.
 
Many used pairs of skis will already have bindings. Save money by buying used skis and investing in new bindings adjusted for your skill level and weight.

Article Written By Jessica Morelock

Jessica Morelock began her professional writing career in 2007, after a three-year stint as a producer and co-host on Sirius Satellite Radio. She has also worked for the airline industry and as a travel agent. She completed a bachelor's degree in political science at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.

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