"Skiing is expensive but it doesn't have to be," said Duncan MacDonald, the owner of Play It Again Sports.
MacDonald has been selling used ski equipment at his South Burlington store for 20 years. "I just think it's great to get kids into a sport and watch them grow with the sport," he said.
He says that on average, used equipment can be about half the cost of buying new. Pricing that appeals to customers like David Wright. "You can get a set of skis for a couple hundred bucks," Wright said.
Even though golf is Wright's true passion, he skis to make the best of Vermont's winters and to make his kids happy. "I wish it was summer, but it's not, so I go skiing in the winter. The kids love it and that makes it good," he said.
Buying used equipment starts with knowing what kind of skier you are. "Determine what kind of skiing they're going to be doing and then buy a ski that's the most appropriate," MacDonald said.
If buying used equipment isn't the right deal for you, you might want to consider a seasonal leasing program, like Larry Abrams did. "I skied quite a bit for a while and then I was out of it for many years. The equipment has changed since then, so I thought I'd lease and see what the new equipment was all about," he said.
He's done it for the last two years at the Alpine Shop in South Burlington. "Oh, they're great. The service has been good, and the equipment excellent," Abrams said.
Jake Cameron has seen the shop's leasing program expand from 1,000 to 5,000 packages over the past 13 years. "Our leasing program is for beginners to advanced people." he said.
The lease program includes all of your equipment. "The program is geared towards kids. The start of the lease program is $99 dollars and that gets you skis, boots, poles, tuning service for unlimited tunes, and we take care of everything," Cameron said.
If kids change sizes mid-season, they can swap out their equipment. "You just come in with your skis and we'll fit you to your next size," Cameron said.
And a good fit means more fun on the slopes -- especially for the right price.
Going to ski swaps is another way to get ski equipment on the cheap. They'll be starting up across the area over the next few weeks.