Okay, so after a Summer full of warm weather activities and a Fall with some snow out West giving us a fleeting expectation that maybe, just maybe, there would be early openings and the ski and snowboard season would take off. Then, as fast as the cool temps and the tantalizing early snow fell, it just as quickly warmed back up again and delayed many resorts opening.
Things are looking good as there are a bunch of lows off the West Coast lined up to bring the western ski resorts some much needed snow. The resorts can publish their expected openings, but it is Mother Nature who has the final say.
Black Friday and Cyber Monday are coming fast and I am sure all the skiers and snowboarders are wondering what kind of deals to expect for 2016. Last year’s deals on skis and snowboards consisted of one of the best in recent memory as there was a fair amount of surplus inventory. You were smart and lucky if you were able to capitilize.
This year, the better bargains will be on ski and snowboard jackets, pants and accessories. Ski and snowboard stock on previous years’ models is low, so there just won’t be the excellent discounts like year’s Black Friday & Cyber Monday had.
The bottom line for you is, if you see a good deal on some skis or snowboard, you should take advantage of it as soon as you can. If you wait, you may not be able to find a comparable bargain, thus leaving you a little dissappointed and having to go pony up some extra coin.
Looking at this years’ Black Friday hardgoods lack of great sales as the glass is half full, it is a good indication that the winter sports industry is in good shape currently as their purchasing has been aligned with the consumers demand. Too many huge discounts as were normal a few winter seasons ago meant the retailers had too much inventory and not enough cash.
So start shopping and pray for snow!