Ski season is already afoot in many parts of the country. With powder piling up around the U.S., it’s time to take stock of your ski closet. What needs replacing? What needs upgrading? What else could you buy just because you want to? As we head into the biggest shopping season of the year, perhaps it’s time to treat yourself.
This is your last chance to shop incredible Cyber Monday ski gear deals. There’s still time to get in on these deals, but you’ll need to hurry. Here’s the low-down on where and when to shop for discounted ski gear during Cyber Monday.
Last-Minute Cyber Monday Ski Deals
Hurry and Choose Skis During Cyber Monday
There is, of course, a lot more to buying skis than just picking your favorite brand and color. Before you start shopping the best Cyber Monday deals on skis, there are a few things to consider. You’ll want to first decide the type of terrain you plan to ski most frequently. This will determine the kind of downhill ski that’s right for you, whether that’s all-mountain skis, all-mountain wide skies, backcountry skis, or powder skis.
Next, know that the right dimensions matter. Skis are measured in millimeters at the widest part of each of three main sections: tip (front), waist (middle), and tail (rear). If you’re new to the sport, determine your general size by standing a pair up of skis up vertically and standing next to them. Generally, they should stretch from the floor to somewhere around your nose. As a rule of thumb, shorter skis turn easier, and longer skis ride faster. The width matters, too: Wider skis help with “floating” in deep snow, while thinner skis are better at carving on groomed trails.
Camber and rocker are two additional considerations. The first indicates a ski with a traditional arched curve in which the middle rises off the ground. The rocker design is almost the opposite of camber, which is why it’s sometimes called “negative” or “reverse” camber. From the side, these rise off the snow at the tip and tail but sit flat on the ground near the waist. For most amateur and even some expert skiers, a standard alpine camber or even a tip rocker are a great all-purpose setup. Hardcore carvers who like deep snow should consider tip-and-tail rocker or even full rocker as these offer better flotation and maneuverability.
Finally, you’ll need to decide on the binding setup that’s right for you. Bindings are either integrated or separate from the skis themselves. Integrated bindings are best for novice to amateur skiers as they are more convenient and provide good, reliable performance. More advanced skiers may want to opt for separate bindings, as this allows mixing and matching new bindings with the same skis if they decide to change up their ski style on the fly.
Where to Find the Best Last-Minute Ski Sales
Amazon: As with every year, Amazon is a great place to score Cyber Monday ski deals. The online mega-retailer is offering deep discounts on essentials like ski goggles and helmets, plus winter apparel, ski accessories, and more. Expect limited-time and flash sales from now through this weekend. Don’t forget that Amazon Prime members also score free two-day shipping on many orders.
Dick’s Sporting Goods: Shop big Cyber Monday deals on snow sports equipment, including helmets, ski goggles, and ski and boot bags.
Backcountry: One of our favorite outfitters here at The Manual, Backcountry is touting Cyber Monday deals on a variety of winter adventure gear. You’ll find significant savings of up to 50% off snowsports apparel, ski accessories, and brand-name skis.
Moosejaw: Moosejaw is rocking this holiday shopping season with savings of up to 30% as part of its Thanksgiving Sale. Here, you’ll find huge savings on skis, goggles, bags, boots, and other essentials — all from the brand names you know. Plus, you’ll get free shipping on orders over $49.
eBay: For the deepest Cyber Monday deals on skis and snowboard equipment, check out eBay. Many sellers are offering special discounts for holiday shoppers. Plus, if you don’t mind gently used gear, you can save even more.
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