You have to admit last ski season was not one for the history books, nothing about it was noteworthy. But now the disappointments of a few months ago translate into big opportunities pre-season for 2013-2014.
Labor Day weekend has long been the bargain shopper’s favorite for deals on ski equipment, and because of a surplus of ski equipment, this year promises big savings. Since national inventories of ski and snowboard equipment are at the highest levels in at least four years, retailers are motivated to clear the warehouses.
Big ski sales events planned this weekend include Christy Sports’ Powder Daze, Colorado Ski & Golf’s Ski Rex and Sports Authority’s Sniagrab. In the past, shoppers have even camped out to have first pick at the sales events offering marked-down prices on equipment that includes overstocks and last year’s lines.
Revenue at snow-sports retailers nationwide was $3.4 billion last season, up 3 percent from the 2011-12 season. Most of the gain was in apparel and accessories. Equipment sales were flat leaving retailers with an inventory of 1.7 million sets of skis, snowboards and boots — an 18 percent jump from the previous year, according to SnowSports Industry America, an industry trade association.