skiing http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/9246/all en-US 6 Affordable Places to Ski http://www.wisebread.com/6-affordable-places-to-ski <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/6-affordable-places-to-ski" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock-597967434.jpg" alt="Family finding affordable places to ski" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>There's a lot of white stuff out there this year, but the lift ticket prices at popular resorts, like Sierra's Heavenly or Colorado's Vail, are steeper than the slopes. Snow lovers on a budget, don't despair. Especially for beginners, there are plenty of ski and snowboard destinations where you can have lots of fun without the sticker shock.</p> <p>What's the difference between budget resorts and premium ones? One difference is elevation. Resorts on lower peaks charge less, because sometimes they miss out on snow that higher points get. Another factor is size. If you're an animal out there and want to attack 25 different runs in one day, it may be worth it to shell out big bucks for a huge resort. If you're planning on sticking to intermediate runs and taking long cocoa breaks, go to a smaller, cheaper resort.</p> <p>Location is another factor, since cheaper resorts may be more isolated from urban areas or gorgeous scenery. Then there are amenities: ice rinks, designer shops, and free s'mores around outdoor fireplaces. All of those are very nice, but if you just want to ski or ride cheap, opt for one of these low-frills places instead.</p> <h2>1. Bear Valley, California</h2> <p>Lake Tahoe has the glitz and the views, but the same 3.5-hour drive from San Francisco could also get you to <a href="http://www.bearvalley.com/" target="_blank">Bear Valley</a>, a family-friendly resort between Tahoe and Yosemite where an adult lift ticket runs $70&ndash;$80 (instead of the $100 plus you'll pay at Tahoe). The resort boasts 10 lifts, including plenty of Black Diamonds, and a terrain park.</p> <h2>2. Mount Rose, Nevada</h2> <p>If you're flying into Reno, check out <a href="http://skirose.com/tickets-%E2%80%A2-lessons-%E2%80%A2-rentals/lift-tickets-specials/" target="_blank">Mount Rose</a>, where a four-person family pack of lift tickets costs just $320&ndash;$330 and Tuesdays are BOGO. The resort operates shuttles into Reno, and since it's at higher elevation than Tahoe resorts, it's sometimes the only hill in the area with snow.</p> <h2>3. Mount Baldy, California</h2> <p>Skiing in So Cal? Not only does it exist, but it's cheap as heck at <a href="http://mtbaldyskilifts.ltibooking.com/product/20/CA/Mt.-Baldy-1-Day-Lift-Tickets.htm#01-2017" target="_blank">Mount Baldy</a>, where passes bought in advance online can dip below $50. But as you might guess based on the location, just an hour from Los Angeles, this resort doesn't always have snow. When it does, drop everything and head for the mountains.</p> <h2>4. Crested Butte, Colorado</h2> <p>Lift tickets are around $100, but kids ski free during the early and late season. <a href="http://www.skicb.com/tickets-passes/lift-tickets" target="_blank">Crested Butte</a> has 15 lifts and 121 trails. This high-elevation, no-frills resort is four hours from Denver.</p> <h2>5. Snowbird, Utah</h2> <p>Lift tickets are $106&ndash;$116; <a href="http://www.snowbird.com/specials/" target="_blank">Snowbird</a>'s stay-and-ski packages can bring that down a bit. That might not seem like such a low price until you consider that Snowbird is considered one of the top mountains in the United States, with tons of terrain and snow that makes the Sierra's &quot;powder&quot; feel like sludge.</p> <h2>6. Mt. Bachelor, Oregon</h2> <p>I don't usually think of Oregon for skiing, but <a href="https://www.mtbachelor.com/" target="_blank">Mt. Bachelor</a>, 22 miles west of Bend, sounds like a lot of fun, with 101 runs and 3,365 feet of vertical drop. Lift tickets are $92, and they have kids ski free packages. Besides, when you're done skiing, you get to hang out in Bend, known for its craft brews and artsy vibe.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!&nbsp;</h2> <p style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="//www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F6-affordable-places-to-ski&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F6%20Affordable%20Places%20to%20Ski.jpg&amp;description=6%20Affordable%20Places%20to%20Ski" data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-config="above" data-pin-color="red" data-pin-height="28"><img src="//assets.pinterest.com/images/pidgets/pinit_fg_en_rect_red_28.png" alt="" /></a> </p> <!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><script type="text/javascript" async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/6%20Affordable%20Places%20to%20Ski.jpg" alt="6 Affordable Places to Ski" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/carrie-kirby">Carrie Kirby</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-affordable-places-to-ski">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-surprising-winter-travel-destinations-that-wont-break-the-bank">7 Surprising Winter Travel Destinations That Won&#039;t Break the Bank</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/are-groupon-getaways-a-good-idea">Are Groupon Getaways a Good Idea?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-ways-to-have-the-best-cheapest-summer-vacation">25 Ways to Have the Best, Cheapest Summer Vacation</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/are-timeshares-ever-worth-the-investment">Are Timeshares Ever Worth the Investment?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-avoid-theft-while-traveling">How to Avoid Theft While Traveling</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Travel california mountains nevada oregon skiing snow snowboarding Utah vacation west coast Fri, 10 Feb 2017 11:00:08 +0000 Carrie Kirby 1888399 at http://www.wisebread.com 7 Surprising Winter Travel Destinations That Won't Break the Bank http://www.wisebread.com/7-surprising-winter-travel-destinations-that-wont-break-the-bank <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/7-surprising-winter-travel-destinations-that-wont-break-the-bank" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/tremblant.jpg" alt="tremblant" title="tremblant" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Winter is one of the best times of year for finding bargain travel deals. Colder weather means many destinations in northern climes are on sale, and even trips to warm-weather destinations can be found on the cheap, if you know where to look.</p> <p>Here are seven (sometimes unexpected) winter travel destinations that won't break the bank.</p> <h2>1. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/philadelphia%20museum.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Philadelphia is a known for its architecture, cultural attractions, nightlife, and Revolutionary War history. This is the home of the Liberty Bell and Ben Franklin statue, and the city's museum district houses the Barnes Foundation, Rodin Museum, and The Philadelphia Museum of Art (including the famous &quot;Rocky&quot; steps and Rocky Balboa Statue). Mass transit and a grid system makes getting around convenient, and you can easily take in all the sights and sounds of Philly in a single weekend. Better still: Many travelers avoid the Northeast in winter (even though Philly's highs are usually still well above freezing). That means cheaper travel to the City of Brotherly Love for you.</p> <h2>2. Bucharest, Romania</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/bucharest.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>The capital of Romania was once referred to as &quot;Little Paris&quot; because its grand architectural style was reminiscent of Parisian buildings, promenades, and gardens. Bucharest is usually among the cheapest European cities, and prices drop even further with the temperature, which makes winter the ideal time of year to visit.</p> <h2>3. Orlando, Florida</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/disney%20world%20train%20station.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Orlando is the number one family vacation destination and not for nothing. There are tons of theme parks, including Universal Studios, Sea World, and Walt Disney World, along with nearby beaches on both the Gulf and Atlantic coasts. Even during the travel rush in the dead of winter, airfare from the Northeast can be found for under $200, and mid-range hotel rooms can be had for under $100 per night. Although theme park tickets can be costly, package deals can save money, and visiting the beaches or enjoying the warmth remains absolutely free.</p> <h2>4. Puerto Rico</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5170/puerto_rico.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Puerto Rico is a short, three to four hour flight from many parts of the U.S., and airfare can usually be had for under $400 per person, round-trip. Hotels and food on the island are also cheaper than similarly ranked mainland venues. San Juan, Puerto Rico is a city rooted in culture and alive with history, music, and food. It's truly is a Caribbean paradise with white sand beaches, amazing underwater sightseeing, and rainforests. With 80 degree temperatures all year around, it's a great winter escape.</p> <h2>5. Tremblant, Quebec</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/tremblant.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Tremblant is an easy drive for those in most of the northeastern United States. It's also a great place to ski while getting a taste of European culture. Plus, the U.S. dollar is still stronger than the Canadian dollar, so a buck will get you $1.24 Canadian &mdash; meaning a nice bargain on everything from hotels to food.</p> <h2>6. Heavenly, California</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/heavenly%20california.jpg" width="605" height="341" alt="" /></p> <p>Another great, lower-cost place to ski is Heavenly, California, with its massive mountain containing 4,800 skiable acres and a great view across the deep blue of Lake Tahoe. I recommend the Forest Suites Resort so you can be the first on the mountain.</p> <h2>7. Jamaica</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5170/jamaica.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Through December, hotel rates drop by 6%, with prices averaging $169 per night. The best time to travel is during the lull after hurricane season &mdash; October through mid December &mdash; making it the perfect Caribbean cold-weather getaway.</p> <p><em>Do you have any favorite low-cost winter getaways?</em></p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this post? Pin it!</h2> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="//www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F7-surprising-winter-travel-destinations-that-wont-break-the-bank&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F7%20Surprising%20Winter%20Travel%20Destinations%20That%20Won%26%23x27%3Bt%20Break%20the%20Bank%20(1).jpg&amp;description=7%20Surprising%20Winter%20Travel%20Destinations%20That%20Won%26%23x27%3Bt%20Break%20the%20Bank" data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-config="above" data-pin-color="red" data-pin-height="28"><img src="//assets.pinterest.com/images/pidgets/pinit_fg_en_rect_red_28.png" alt="" /></a> </p> <!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><script type="text/javascript" async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/7%20Surprising%20Winter%20Travel%20Destinations%20That%20Won%27t%20Break%20the%20Bank%20%281%29.jpg" width="250" height="374" alt="" />&nbsp;</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/qiana-chavaia">Qiana Chavaia</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-surprising-winter-travel-destinations-that-wont-break-the-bank">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-affordable-places-to-ski">6 Affordable Places to Ski</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/are-timeshares-ever-worth-the-investment">Are Timeshares Ever Worth the Investment?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-smart-travel-hacks-only-frequent-flyers-know">5 Smart Travel Hacks Only Frequent Flyers Know</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/which-credit-card-should-you-use-to-get-free-hotel-stays">Which Credit Card Should You Use to Get Free Hotel Stays?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-flight-booking-hacks-to-save-you-hundreds">10 Flight Booking Hacks to Save You Hundreds</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Travel caribbean skiing vacation winter escapes winter travel Fri, 06 Feb 2015 16:00:15 +0000 Qiana Chavaia 1285073 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 Ways to Save Big on Family Ski Trips http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-save-big-on-family-ski-trips <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-ways-to-save-big-on-family-ski-trips" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/family-ski-trip-153831210-small.jpg" alt="family ski trip" title="family ski trip" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you're a working, single person in your 20s, a ski weekend might leave no lingering after-effects &mdash; either on the pocketbook or on aching joints. But once children join the picture, getting out to the slopes takes a little more financial planning. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-things-you-must-do-if-youre-traveling-with-kids?ref=seealso">9 Things You Must Do If You're Traveling With Kids</a>)</p> <p>Here are 10 ways to cushion the financial blow of paying for two, three, or more little freeloaders' snowy fun.</p> <h2>1. Buy Passes Early</h2> <p>If you are going to ski more than two weekends, a season pass may be the cheapest way. The best time to start thinking about this is during the current season, not at the beginning of the next one. Most ski resorts progressively raise prices as the year goes on. Vail's <a href="http://www.forbes.com/sites/larryolmsted/2013/03/29/skiings-best-lift-ticket-pass-deals-are-right-now-for-next-season/">Epic Pass</a>, which gets you into multiple resorts, is typically available by March.</p> <p>My family purchased the Lake Tahoe local version of the Epic Pass in October for $499 per adult and $239 for our oldest child.</p> <h2>2. Look for Other Ticket Discounts</h2> <p>Even if you don't get a season pass, try to avoid buying your tickets at the resort ticket window. For one thing, waiting in the ticket line wastes some of your precious ski time. For another, the window price is typically the highest possible price. You can check with the resort website, local grocery stores, and ski supply shops for discount tickets. If you must buy at the ticket window, find out if there are any multi-day discounts available. Last year we were able to purchase three-packs at Sierra-at-Tahoe at a significant savings.</p> <h2>3. Ask If Kids Ski Free</h2> <p>Many resorts actually don't make you pay for small fries' lift tickets, but in my experience the staff might not tell you that. Other resorts offer a free kid's ticket with an adult purchase. Or they may let kids ski at least the rope tow area for free.</p> <h2>4. Look Into Parent Passes</h2> <p>When we had babies, my husband and I were sometimes able to get a &quot;parent pass,&quot; which allowed one of us to ski part of the day, then hand the ticket off to the other parent while the first parent took over childcare. <a href="http://www.timberlinelodge.com/ski-area/lift-tickets-passes/">Timberline Lodge</a> in Oregon offers a season pass that works this way, too.</p> <h2>5. Don't Pay for More Mountain Than Your Kids Can Handle</h2> <p>Mountains with a wide variety of Black Diamond slopes are great for accomplished skiers, but if your kids are going to spend most of the day on Green slopes or on a &quot;magic carpet&quot; conveyor belt, consider smaller, cheaper resorts. These places may also offer benefits such as closer, easier parking and a more family-friendly atmosphere.</p> <h2>6. Ski School Can Be Worth the Expense</h2> <p>My eyes nearly popped out of my head when I realized how much we would pay to put our littlest skiers into all-day ski school last year. However, once they were dropped off, I realized how much benefit we were getting from the service. Not only did our kids gain a lot of confidence on skis, but my husband and I were free to get our money's worth out of our lift tickets, instead of spending the whole day helping our kids get up after they fell.</p> <p>Not only that, but I really appreciated that the ski school staff helped my little skiers into and out of their skis and boots. With more than one kid to help, plus your own equipment to deal with, that part can be exhausting.</p> <h2>7. Pack a Picnic</h2> <p>Do you ever see people with barbecue grills in the parking lot of ski resorts? They're the smart ones. For the price of a typical ski resort small burger and fries, you can splurge on all your kids' favorite junk food, nice deli sandwiches, foie gras, or whatever your heart desires. If you can get close enough parking, rendezvous at the car at mealtime. Or get a locker, or even pack simpler fare in backpacks.</p> <h2>8. Intersperse Ski Days With Cheaper Activities</h2> <p>A lot of children are exhausted after a day of skiing. Take them onto the mountain three days in a row and you're just throwing away money on kids who will end up hanging around the lodge or lying in the snow, crying. (Not that I speak from experience or anything.)</p> <p>If you have a three day weekend, buy lift tickets for the first and last day, and plan an easy (and much less expensive) day of sledding or ice skating in the middle. With the decline of the snowpack in recent years, California resorts are putting in lots of <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/24/sports/skiing/as-snow-fades-california-ski-resorts-face-a-brown-future.html?_r=0">alternative activities</a>. A day of cross-country skiing or snowshoeing is also cheaper, if not less exhausting, than hitting the slopes. If nothing else, sitting around the cabin drinking hot cocoa and watching movies is practically free.</p> <h2>9. Consider Buying Rather Than Renting Equipment</h2> <p>It may seem counterintuitive since kids grow faster than they would wear out their skis, but experts say that you often get a better deal owning kids' equipment. Some stores offer <a href="http://sportsden.com/pages/ski-services-and-rentals/kids-ski-exchange.html">trade-in programs</a> for fast-growing kids. Swapping with other families or <a href="http://www.epicski.com/f/10/gear-swap-buy-sell-gear">buying second-hand</a> can also be a great saver. If you don't buy, a rental for the whole season can save frequent skiers time and money.</p> <h2>10. Team Up With Another Family</h2> <p>Cabin rentals are quite expensive in the Lake Tahoe area, where we ski, and our family of five can easily fill up the average cabin on our own. However, since we're only there for a weekend, the kids are really fine three or more to a bedroom &mdash; especially if they're able to share with their best friends. This season we'll spend one weekend at Tahoe sharing a 3-bedroom with another family, and while it may be tight, we'll save money. Another advantage of skiing with another family is that if one or two kids get tired, there are more adults around to take turns caring for them.</p> <p><em>Do you take the whole family skiing? How do you control the cost?</em></p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this post? Pin it!</h2> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="//www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F10-ways-to-save-big-on-family-ski-trips&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F10%20Ways%20to%20Save%20Big%20on%20Family%20Ski%20Trips.jpg&amp;description=10%20Ways%20to%20Save%20Big%20on%20Family%20Ski%20Trips" data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-config="above" data-pin-color="red" data-pin-height="28"><img src="//assets.pinterest.com/images/pidgets/pinit_fg_en_rect_red_28.png" alt="" /></a> </p> <!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><script type="text/javascript" async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/10%20Ways%20to%20Save%20Big%20on%20Family%20Ski%20Trips.jpg" width="250" height="374" alt="" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/carrie-kirby">Carrie Kirby</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-save-big-on-family-ski-trips">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-things-to-never-pay-full-price-for">25 Things to Never Pay Full Price For</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/are-all-inclusive-vacations-and-cruises-worth-the-money">Are All-Inclusive Vacations and Cruises Worth the Money?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cheap-thrills-that-actually-satisfy">Cheap Thrills That Actually Satisfy</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/14-fun-winter-staycation-ideas">14 Fun Winter Staycation Ideas</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/14-frugal-ways-to-meet-and-stay-in-touch-with-people-around-the-world">14 Frugal Ways to Meet and Stay in Touch With People Around the World</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Entertainment Travel family travel family trips outdoor sports ski trip skiing Sat, 06 Dec 2014 18:00:10 +0000 Carrie Kirby 1264763 at http://www.wisebread.com Used Skis http://www.wisebread.com/used-skis <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/used-skis" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/Skiing.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="185" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Even though winter is but a distant memory in the Northeast (for those of you in the Rockies and Sierras, I know ski season can go until July), it’s never too early to start thinking about next ski season and all the necessary equipment that you’ll need, which can set you back a lot of money.</p> <p>Skiing, after all, is an expensive sport. The cost of lodging, lift tickets, food and transportation alone make it hard, but when you factor in the cost of equipment, it can be downright prohibitive. </p> <p>An adult ski package, including skis, binding, boots and poles will run you at least $400.00 to $600.00, and that’s on the low end. The cost, obviously, gets higher as you factor in each family member, and as every parent knows, kids grow quickly. You’ll be lucky to get two seasons out of their skis before you need to upgrade</p> <p>One way around the enormous expense is to buy used rental equipment. Most ski shops in our area that rent equipment want to turn-over their stocks and will sell you the stuff at great prices, saving you as much as 70%. While I can’t speak for the entire country, it stands to reason that most other retailers would want to do the same, but contact your local ski shops to find out more.</p> <p>Now keep in mind, that this is not brand new, right out of the wrapper equipment, but I’ve found that it is usually in good shape, and often times it is in stellar condition since it has usually been used for only one season. You can always check them out first before you commit to anything.</p> <p>I myself got a complete package for about $150.00. Now I&#39;d like to mention that the boots did not look like rentals, they were in good condition and more comfortable than any pair I’d bought in the past, since I always went for the cheap stuff. The skis were in great condition and the bindings were practically brand new. </p> <p>My wife got a set for about the same, and our kids packages ran about $100.00. Best of all, they have a policy where they’ll take back the equipment and apply it as a credit towards an upgrade. It just goes back into the rental mix. </p> <p>One key advantage to buying them at a ski shop is that they have the expertise to properly tune and adjust the equipment according to your specifications. You don’t want to mess around when it comes to your safety on the slopes.</p> <p>I also replaced my snowboard, which was about fifteen years old (I couldn’t even give the thing away!). I got a used board and boots for under a $100.00, and a brand new pair of bindings for about $50.00. They didn’t have a box, so they unloaded them for a fraction of the cost. </p> <p>Now as I mentioned, the board was not in mint condition and looked it, same for the boots, and I realize there is a huge image component to snowboarding (and for skiing, as well), but I figured that at some point in my life I’ve got to give up on trying to be cool and leave it to the teenagers. Besides, the older guys on the slopes who are trying too hard to be hip are usually the ones that end up just embarrassing themselves. </p> <p>And when you really get down to it, by the time you do your first run, your skis are covered in snow and muck, and any semblance of newness is gone by that point. </p> <p>Furthermore, do your kids really care? Maybe they will when they’re teenagers, but when they’re really young, they’ll be stoked just to hit the slopes. Just keep reminding them that they’re lucky to even be out there skiing, and they’ll come around soon enough.</p> <p>One thing I’d like to mention is that if you live near a ski shop, it behooves you to develop a relationship with them, especially if they are small and local. It’s supporting the local economy and small shops have a lot more leeway in terms of giving good deals, not to mention the occasional comp tune-up. Finally, the people who run ski shops tend to be laid back and cool.</p> <p>Whatever you do, just get out there and ski. If you can, get your kids on skis as soon as possible. That’s what they do out here. By the time they can walk, they’re skiing, which goes a long way to explaining why so many Olympic skiers and snowboarders (Bode Miller comes to mind) are from this area.</p> <p>If, in the end, you simply must get brand-spanking new skis, then this option is not for you. Keep in mind, however, that after skiing for over thirty years, I’ve come to understand that it’s the person who makes the skier, not the skis. And your brand new, top of the line equipment may raise a few eyebrows, but it may require that you actually tell people how much you paid for them.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/fred-lee">Fred Lee</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/used-skis">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-affordable-places-to-ski">6 Affordable Places to Ski</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-lifestyle-changes-that-will-always-pay-off">10 Lifestyle Changes That Will Always Pay Off</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-unexpected-costs-of-political-activism">5 Unexpected Costs of Political Activism</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/life-without-tv">Life Without Television</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/18-ways-being-too-nice-is-hurting-your-wallet">18 Ways Being Too Nice Is Hurting Your Wallet</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Lifestyle skiing snowboarding Sat, 24 May 2008 11:07:36 +0000 Fred Lee 2122 at http://www.wisebread.com