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Labor Day Sales Mean Good Deals On Equipment; Have A Plan

Squaw Valley, Calif.

Labor Day weekend (Aug. 30-Sept. 2) means one very important thing to skiers and snowboarders: sales. There will be a wide number of mountain and cityside ski and sports shops hosting sales on equipment, clothing, and accessories.


The staff at Colorado Ski & Golf offer up some tips to maximize your shopping: do your homework keeping in mind your needs and ability; have a plan as to what equipment or clothing/accessories you want to purchase; and ask for help from on site reps or staff. 


Some more: shop later in the day when crowds are lighter; try it before you buy it to guarantee fit; focus on fit when purchasing boots, not color or style; and, in general, keep an eye out for things on your list and other discounted items to replace or upgrade your current items. 


(Want more tips for success at the sales. Be sure to check out Real Skiers Jackson Hogen's SnoCountry.com blog.} 


Here are some stores scattered across the country to test your buying skills:


The 21st annual Labor Day Sale at Wachusett Mountain in Princeton, Mass., is Friday, Aug. 30 from 3-8 p.m., and Sept. 1-2 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.  Shop for skis, snowboards, package deals and more.


The Sports Center at Bolton Valley, Vt., is not only holding a weekend sale, but offering one hour on “snow” at the Labor of Love Rail Jam Aug. 30 at 6 p.m., for a $10 admission charge. 


Bolton’s ski and snowboard sale will be held in the Sports Center from Thurs., Aug. 29-Mon., Sept. 2. Sale hours are Thurs., 4-8 p.m.; Fri. and Sat., 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sun., 10 a.m.-6 p.m., and Mon., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The sale continues Fri., Sept. 6 from noon-8 p.m., Sept. 7 from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. and Sept. 8 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. There will be more than $1 million in inventory with adult skis/snowboards starting at $99, kids’ snowboards starting at $59, plus lots more. Clothing and accessories also will be featured.


Southern Vermont’s Stratton Mountain sets up a big tent Labor Day weekend in the main base area with deals on skis, snowboards, outerwear, goggles, helmets, and more. 


Some sample deals include 70 percent off All Life Is Good; up to 50 percent off winter apparel from Burton, Spyder, The North Face, Marmot, and Salomon; up to 50 percent off Smith helmets and goggles, Oakley goggles, and Marmot and Burton gloves and mittens. Times are Fri., Aug. 30, noon-6 p.m.; Sat., Aug. 31, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sun., Sept. 1, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; and Mon., Sept. 2, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.


The Cross Country Ski Headquarters in Higgins Lake, Mich., sale runs Sat. Aug. 31 and Sun., Sept. 1. Discounted prices on cross country ski equipment (skis, poles, boots) and clothing. Sample prices: 50 percent off select winter parkas and last year’s apparel. 


Colorado’s Christy Sports will hold its annual Powder Daze Ski and Snowboard Sales Event in Englewood Aug. 23-Sept. 3, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. All ski and snowboard gear and apparel will be up to 70 percent off.  Resort representatives from Winter ParkCopper MountainLoveland and others will be hand to provide resort information, as well as reps from ski and snowboard manufacturers including K2, Salomon, and Rossignol.


Powder Daze also is set at Christy Sports stores in Dillon, Aug. 23-Sept. 2, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., and Steamboat, Aug. 22 through Sept. 2, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. 


SKI REX Labor Day Sale with savings of 30-75 percent off last year’s retail prices and pre-season items will be held at four Front Range Colorado Ski & Golf Stores, Colorado Ski & Sports in Park Meadows, and Boulder Ski Deals. Some samples: Volkl, Rossignol and other vendors with discounts beginning at 40 percent off; snowboard equipment makers Ride Canvas and Antic boards are up to 50 percent off; along with outerwear closeouts from Ride, Burton, Obermeyer, and others. 


The Aurora Colorado Ski & Golf sale will be held under a tent in the parking lot from Sat., Aug. 31-Mon., Sept. 2. Sat. sales hours are 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Sun. hours 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Labor Day 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sale prices will continue until Sept. 15 at six of their retail stores. 


There is also a Junior Trade-In Program for kids 4-18, and a recycling program that donates ski and snowboard equipment in good condition to charitable domestic programs.


Sports Authority stores continue the “SNIAGRAB” tradition (bargains spelled backwards) started by Denver’s Gart Brothers (now part of Sports Authority) at select locations in Colorado (Boulder, Chapel Hills, Denver, Fort Collins, Littleton, Park Meadows) and Utah (Sportscastle in Murray), beginning Aug. 31. Merchandise will be up to 90 percent off on past years’ ski and snowboard equipment and winter apparel. 


Wyoming’s Jackson Hole Resort hosts its 17th annual tent sale in Teton Village Aug. 30-Sept. 2 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Check out the deals – some up to 70 percent off – on last year’s gear and clothing. 


Cole Sport in Park City, Utah, continues its summer sale during the Labor Day weekend in its Park Avenue location. Most of their inventory is half price on summer merchandise, as well as last year’s ski/snowboard equipment, clothing, and accessories. Hours are 8 a.m.-7 p.m.


Northern California’s Dodge Ridge Labor Day Weekend Festivities run Fri., Aug. 30-Mon., Sept. 2, 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. The Sport Shop is offering most 2013 gear at 20 percent off, and up to 75 percent off prior season gear. In addition to the discounts, there will be entertainment, kids’ activities, and a BBQ Sat. 


Squaw Valley, Calif.’s Village-wide Labor Day Sidewalk Sale is Fri., Aug. 30-Mon., Sept. 2. Save up to 60 percent on summer and winter merchandise. 


It’s the 27 th annual Labor Day Tent Sale at Lake Tahoe’s Heavenly Aug. 31 (9 a.m.-6 p.m.), Sept. 1 (10 a.m.-5 p.m.) and Sept. 2 (10 a.m.-2 p.m.). Deals on anything ski or snowboard are offered (some up to 70 percent), including apparel, packs, bots, skis, boards, bindings, accessories, and kids’ equipment and gear. Ski/board manufacturer reps will be on hand to answer technical questions. A team of boot fitters also will be available to help you get the perfect fit.


Bobo’s Ski-Board in Reno, Nev., offers its Labor Day “In Tents” ski and board sale Friday, Aug. 30 –Mon., Sept. 2. Reps from nearby Mt. Rose  will be on hand to sell season passes and answer questions. Be sure and check in at Bobo’s with equipment expert Jackson Hogen, editor of realskiers.com. You can read his blog at SnoCountry.com all winter.


Ski Bonkers at Westfield Southcenter Mall in Seattle is Fri. Aug. 30 from 1-10 p.m.; Sat. from 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Sun. and Mon. from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. There is no admission charge. 


Washington’s Crystal Mountain will hold its Labor Day sale Aug. 31-Sept. 2 in the East Peak Plaza. Save 10 percent on 2013-14 equipment and up to 60 percent on 2012-13 demo equipment. Tip: Prepare for the upcoming season by dropping off your equipment over Labor Day weekend and get a 50 percent discount on tuning. 


Photo: Squaw Valley, Calif.

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