How to Save on Winter Sports

Smart ways to cut costs on travel, lift tickets, and equipment.

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Buying gently used apparel and equipment is another way to save. Bechtel says ski academies typically upgrade their equipment each year, so "you can get a great deal on a lightly used pair of last year's skis." Alford says sports resale stores, eBay, and Craigslist are also good resources for reasonable prices on used equipment—but inspect it carefully before hitting the slopes.