Where to Buy Snow Sports Stuff

Well folks, online purchasing for snow sports equipment has come a long way since Rusty started this page. There once was a web site that purported to be a search engine for ski deals. Alas that's gone by the wayside, but now there's a similar site for snowboards called snowboardpricing CHECK THIS OUT! In the meantime, TheRusty scours the Internet for places to buy snow sports equipment online and let's you know what he's found.
Buying tips Wiredsport has a bunch of buying tips for snowboards (ok), snowboard boots and bindings(ok except for the step in rant). These ski buying tips are a bit misleading, but make for interesting reading.

Snowboard review sites: Outdoor Review, Board Review

Accessories Links

Ski and Snowboard Links

Reliable Racing - A reliable source for racing and tuning supplies. Discount given to pros. RR now has kid-ski products and Zardoz Notwax!
Race-Werks has accessories, gloves, race stuff and Dermatone! Race-werks has racing gear too. Check their clothing specials.
Artech has more racing stuff and low prices! Race-Place is another racing store.
Tognar Tool Works  
(they have a ton of tuning tips and Notwax too)
Top rated by Rusty!
Check out RaceWax for fast wax and tuning stuff from an epic kind of guy.
CAMPMOR for cheap ski clothing (1-800-camp-mor) (e.g. $30 for snow pants) 
REI for higher quality outdoor gear or REI outlet
Rusty's personal clothing favorite - Sierra Trading Post (high end stuff at closeout prices)
Cloudveil has interesting apparel.
Sun Valley Ski Tools (no prices)
Alpine tools is a wholesale outfit for ski shops whose site is a work in progress. (check out their condo boot dryer). 
Spirakut (shop tools and bootfitting stuff - not much online - get the catalog). (ed note: web site could be kaput - try calling 
800 621-1657)
Cool products: Dermatone transparent zinc cream for covering your nose and ears - Dermatone, PO Box 3536, Windsor Locks, CT. 06096 203.292.1311
Alpine Accessories has a ton of stuff
Sportube has hard cases (with wheels!) for ski gear 
Camelbak has great water backpacks
Peak Ski has stylish clothing, housewares, olympic cheering bells and padded shorts!
Snowshack has accessories like bags, furniture!, warmers and videos (use discount code SKIMAGS for 10% discount).
Gear.com has cheap prices on goggles.
Dick's Sporting Goods has accessories and a decent helmet guide
Boot dryers!
Cozy winters has some really cool stuff like heated gloves and heated pet beds.
Rusty uses Booster straps for a better ski boot fit.
Sportrx has tons of goggles and sunglasses for skiing and riding. Use the search by sport capability.
Allsport helmets has Bern and Smith Holt helmets.

SkiTrucks stuff is mostly packages for new and used. It's hard to compare prices for what they are offering, but if you're shopping with a budget, this is a good approach. They have a trade back program for kid stuff. They also have discount lift  tickets for Salt Lake resorts. Skiershop has Dan Egan (famous extreme/movie skier) as one of the partners. They've got lots of real equipment, with real prices. Email for Q&A is a nice touch. Gear Direct and Al's ski barn keep getting better. Gear Direct has tons of stuff for sale in addition to skis and snowboards. Register a profile and save 5%! They've got the big brands you know and love. This year's closeout discounts are 33% on last years gear. They have snowboards from Sims, Palmer, Ride, K2 and more. BuySkis is now the same as GearDirect. Al's ski barn has the big names in skis (e.g. Atomic, Dynastar, Rossignol, K2, Volkl. They've got the Volkl 6 star. They're snowboard selection has improved. They have 1 Burton board, Palmer, Elan, K2, Rossi, Solomon and Volkl  boards on sale. OrderSkis.com (formerly Ski&Golf Liquidators in Rockville, MD) buys inventory from ski shops that are closing. Sometimes they have exceptional discounts, sometimes their web prices are so-so. If you call them you may be able to bargain. They currently have Atomic, K2 and Salomon skis. Altrec has got some decent discounts.  Ski and Snowboard house has the big names in skis and a good mix of boards at modest discounts. TheSportsAuthority.com - has a limited amount of skis (Solomon) and snowboards (Liquid) and a ton of accessories. Live to play has some good deals on a few skis and snowboards (Skis=Dynastar+Fischer, Boards= Solomon). Peter Glenn is a "outdoor adventure" chain. They have a good selection of brand name skis, boards and clothing. BackCountry has a full line of skis and boards. They also have an associated site: steep and cheap that has 1 day only deals. SnowandRock is a nice UK site that has skis and boards. Wiredsport has brand name skis and mostly noname boards but they do have Sims boards and Flow bindings. Slope Shop has brand name skis and Rossi boards. Galactic has some new and a few used skis and boards. Snowandski is pretty lame, but they do have name brand skis and boards and some sale prices. Ski-depot has brand name skis (Stockli, Elan, Fischer, Atomic, K2, Head) and sale prices on last year's gear. Equinox Outfitters has an Ebay store with good prices on kids skis. Suburban Sports has a rep that posts on Epicski.com. They carry Elan, Atomic, Rossi, Fisher and more skis; and Rossi/Roxy, Nitro and Head/Palmer boards.

Check reviews of skis and snowboards at outdoor review. Bomber has some snowboard reviews. Peter Keelty has independent reviews that are very detailed, but he wants $$$ for full access.

Snowboard online stores include: Check out this site for 85,000+ snowboarding items from 30 web sites! ShorelineofTahoe has a cool site, a ton of different brands and some cool prices too! Colorado Boarder - buy from guys who ride ... and have a nice site. Dogfunk has Burton gear! SurfSkateSnow has info on tons of boards, but the buy links point mostly to Amazon as far as I can tell.  SFO Snow has a good selection of K2, Santa Cruz, Salomon, Sims, Libtech. You'll like shopping here. Complete Snowboard Packages from $199 at the-house.com Their paper catalog is better than their site, but they've got K2 and Winterstick boards, plus many others.  The Board Zone now only shipd from Canada, eh?. Bomber has carving equipment, and carving articles and photo's (editor's note: Bomber is a Hall of Lame graduate - great job guys!). SnowboardDepot is new and has some REAL CHEAP deals and one closeout Burton board (also deals on snow blades). Al's Ski Barn has some good deals on Solomon and Volkl.  Gear Direct has K2, Palmer and Ride among others. Fogdog has good buyer's guides and has improved from last year. Mostly no name stuff, but good discounts.   Eternal Snow is online, but they have more stuff in their paper catalog. Altrec's board selection was thin in July (Solomon). Zumiez's site is all tricked up with flash, but aside from having Santa Cruz boards the selection is kinda limited. TDC Boardshop has Ride boards.  Fusion is yet another shop (don't bother yet - it looks like they are getting ready for the season 9/19/02). Snow and Water Sports has an ebay store with a few Ride and K2 boards. Skiershop has Head snowboards. BoardsforLess.com has $99 snowboards! Northern Wave is a new site that's growing. They have Option boards and Drake bindings. Ride boards look like they are coming soon. Check out their cool sunglasses and goggles too! GetBoards specializes in snowboards and twin tip skis for freeriders and promises low prices. Snowbunny has snowboard gear for girls! Jay's Boardshop has Nidecker boards. CCS is a skateboard site that has some board gear (DC, Forum, Burton, Rome).

Used stuff. Ebay. 
Have you seen Freebord? It's a skateboard with additional center wheels that make it ride like a snowboard. Here's the video showing how it works. Buy it direct or from GetBoards - they all have the same prices. Getboards has more links to videos after you click on a particular model.
Other purchasing sites...   Cross country equipment from SkiGuys (Rusty says God invented chair lifts for a reason!).   Ski Dreamer has accessories (Kid-Ski equipment, Boeri helmets, tuning stuff, poles, wax, goggles, etc.). Steep and Cheap has just one deal, but it changes every day. GearWest has XC gear and Roller Skis!
E-Commerce hall of LAMESki and Snowboards.com quotes prices (in Canadian) only on the specials (site down on 2005/9/19). Brand names but no online ordering. Wild Mountain Sports & Outfitters (search for snowboards - get one Solomon board and a bunch of skis - prices 1/3 off). Sport Chalet - Prices are minimal discounts. They've got ski stuff, but just a little (dynastar skis, solomon blades, except they have $40 big foots!). Snowboard selection is good (Santa Cruz, Airwalk, K2, Ride). SkiTrader has brand names (Salomon, Atomic, Dynastar, Rossignol), but only has prices on their closeouts page (good skis, ok prices - not  a huge selection) and no online purchasing. 
Telemark - Planet Outdoors has some Tele gear.
Back Country Gear
Beepers: Pieps, Ortovox, DTS Tracker, Survival on Snow. Clothing/Packs: Dakine (10/8 site is broken - try google cache instead), North Face . Probe poles: Lifelink.Collapsable poles: Smith (funky flash site). Shovels: Voile, Red. Snowshoes: Atlas, Verts (climbing snowshoes)(on Dakine site). BC Access has a cool combination shovel/snow probe (probe fits inside the shovel stem) (not on their site yet). REI has mostly clothing, but some gear too.  Altrec has a good selection of probe poles. Planet Outdoors has the Avalung and a good selection of radios, probe poles and shovels, etc. Sierra Trading Post has  closeout deal on the Avalung vest for $60! (12/28!) They also have ropes on sale every now and then. Backcountrystore has everything you need!
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