typ3 wrote:Any native coloradians able to answer this:
is it cheaper to purchase ski / snowboard gear online or through local shops? Also, when is the best time to buy, mid season, summer, fall, spring etc?
Sniagrab ('bargains') at Sports Authority on the Saturday before Labor Day every year. Killer deals. People get crazy, though, and many camp out. Some of the first entrants even receive free ski passes IIRC.
I got a lot of my gear at the annual ski and snow expo that's held at the convention center in the fall; I was able to get a lot of the previous year's gear for some deals, but from what I've seen Sniagrab's got the better deals.