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If you plan to hit the slopes this winter and need some new ski or snowboarding gear, you don't have to leave your house. There are plenty of retailers that will ship skis, poles, snow pants, snowboards and more straight to your door. While going into a store is the best way to try things on and find the best fit—after all, no one wants to deal with the hassle of trying to return skis—many sites now have experts available to help guide you through the sizing and buying process.
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Backcountry is an outdoor gear retailer that sells a ton of affordable snow sports gear from popular brands like Patagonia, Burton, and Black Diamond, as well as its own budget-friendly line. Aside from winter clothing, Backcountry sells top-rated skis, snowboards, poles, helmets, boots, and the like.
Need some product advice on what to buy? You can chat with their experts (known as Gearheads) who can help you with all your winter sport-related questions. Plus, if you see a little green flag on a product, that means it’s Gearhead-approved. Backcountry also offers “Winter Packs” featuring everything you need for select sports as well as “Gear Guides” that break down what gear you need for skiing and snowboarding.
Trying to save on this expensive sports gear? Backcountry is also known for having incredible end-of-season sales, which are a great chance to save. You can find year-round deals on its sister site, Steep and Cheap.
While Evo is based in Seattle, it has quickly become one of the most popular online destinations for ski and snowboarding gear. The site has a massive selection of boards, helmets, poles and skis, as well as all the accessories you need to stay bundled up on the slopes. With free shipping on orders over $50 and easy returns, Evo sells top brands like Patagonia, Burton and Arc’teryx.
Finding your sizing for boots and more can be tricky when shopping online, but Evo tries to make things a little easier with hundreds of guides. Whether you need to find your boot size, the proper length of skis for you or how waterproof a jacket is, these handy guides should help you out. If something doesn't work out, you have an entire year to return it for a full refund.
Though it’s mostly a camper’s or hiker’s paradise, REI also sells a decent amount of ski and snowboarding gear, including top names like Arc’teryx, Patagonia and The North Face. While the selection may be smaller than Backcountry or Evo, the site sells all the necessary gear and even has helpful guides for boot fit and the like, which is especially helpful when shopping online.
In addition to providing the gear, REI can help you get out on the slopes with lessons and specialty trips for snowshoeing and cross country skiing. It’s a great way to try a new winter sport and learn from the experts.
Winter sports gear can really add up, but you can save on gear by becoming a REI Co‑op member. For just $20, you can purchase a lifetime membership. As a member, you’ll get 10% back on all purchases made at REI, which comes as an “annual dividend” you can use on items at the store. It also comes with sweet perks like discounted equipment rentals, special pricing on REI Adventures and more.
4. Dick’s Sporting Goods
Dick’s Sporting Goods has offerings for every sport imaginable, including the winter ones. Like REI, the retailer specializes more in winter clothing and accessories, but it does have a limited selection of skis, snowboards and bindings. Additionally, Dick’s has a few specialty brands only available at its store that come highly-rated by customers and tend to be slightly more affordable compared to some of the name brands offered.
Dick’s also offers tips and tricks from its experts, including helpful information on how to improve your snowboarding stance and what jacket insulation is best.
If skiing is your preferred winter sport, Skis.com is the right place for you. Whether you're looking for downhill or cross country, Skis.com makes it easy to navigate the site so you can find exactly what you’re looking for, categorizing products like gear and apparel to match ideal use and terrain. If you’re seeking discounts, you can browse various deals of the day, or you can sign up for its Adventure Points program to earn points for discounts on future purchases.
For help with sizing, Skis.com offers size guides and buying guides that help simplify the process of picking boots and ski lengths. You can also watch videos of experts explaining how to care for your new gear or read in-depth reviews. If you’re looking for more snowboarding gear, check out sister site Snowboards.com.
The retail giant seems to sell everything, so it’s no surprise you can order a new pair of skis alongside a pair of headphones. While you won’t get the expertise or guides that you might find on other winter sports shops, it’s a great option if you know exactly what you’re looking for and/or are looking to benefit from quick Prime shipping.
When navigating Amazon's winter sports section, you can filter by brands, including top labels like Burton, Tubbs and OMD. While this is useful for getting recommendations for well-respected brands, it makes it a little trickier for finding specific products. The best way to look for products by activity is by using the right-hand navigation bar, which offers a long list of options for specific gear. Don’t forget to read reviews before purchasing anything, particularly unknown brands, and to avoid unreliable third-party sellers.
Moosejaw has a vast selection of snow sports gear with hundreds of skis, snowboards, and boots from brands like Smith, Black Diamond, Weston and more. You have the ability to narrow down your search to fit and length, which is great for those who already know their sizing.
Moosejaw also has a rewards program that’s worth joining if you plan on making these big purchases from the site. With every purchase, you get 10% cash back in the form of Moosejaw Reward Dollars, which can be used to purchase more gear and clothing from the site. Even better, it’s completely free to join.
8. Christy Sports
Founded in 1958 in Colorado, Christy Sports has flagship stores across the country and offers a vast selection of ski and snowboarding equipment online from top brands like Volkl, Salomon and Burton. This variety and expertise sets the retailer apart from other stores on the list. No matter what you buy, you'll get free shipping on orders over $50.
Depending on where you live, you have the option to rent winter sports gear from Christy Sports for the season. Although the site doesn’t offer size and fitting guides, its brick and mortar stores have custom boot fitting and repairs that are worth looking into.
While the amount of ski gear is limited, L.L.Bean fans will appreciate the quality and brand recognition of the equipment. You can shop a small selection of skis and accessories or, more importantly, check out the brand’s popular winter jackets and Bean Boots to bundle up on the slopes. In addition to gear, L.L.Bean also offers cross-country skiing courses and private lessons as part of its Outdoor Discovery programs.
Burton is one of the top names in snowboarding and you can order gear directly from its site. You can select snowboards by level or scroll through the brand’s popular Step-On bindings. Burton also has its own line of outerwear and has a commitment to sustainability and fair labor practices, so you can feel good about your purchases, too.
Hopping on the board for the first time? Depending on where you’re located, you can take lessons with The Burton Learn To Ride Programs for an introduction to the sport.
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