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Question Buy gear in Oz or Canada?

Discussion in 'Canada' started by Spielmeister, Oct 6, 2015.

  1. Spielmeister

    Spielmeister Hard Yards

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    Apologies if this has been covered in some way many moons ago but was wondering if it will be better price-wise to buy ski gear here in Australia (Brisbane) or once I get to Canada. I'm planning on travelling with the family for most of the month of January 2017 (yes, I know I'm early) around much of Eastern BC (Big White, Sun Peaks, Revelstoke, Kicking Horse, Panorama, Fernie etc) so thought it would be easier to at least buy the kids their own clothing (just jacket and pants, they have the rest) for the whole trip rather than renting every time we move. I'm also chasing a new pair of boots. First stop will likely be Kelowna. Please let me know your thoughts and if there are any stores in Kelowna or Vernon that are good if you think purchasing in Canada is the go.
    Thanks
     
  2. Crystal

    Crystal Sand skier extraordinaire Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    If your first stop is kelowna... go here:

    http://www.playitagainsportskelowna.com/

    We go there each year and you can outfit the kids, they will fit them properly and tune all equipment. At the end of the trip if you wish to sell it back top them they will take it. Much cheaper than renting all the gear on the hills if you are going for an extended time.

    I can not praise this shop enough :D
     
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    FatBoyDave One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    The sheer range in Canada will trump whatever you can get here, and the clothing they stock is suited to the conditions you are likely to experience.

    If you see a bargain here, go for it otherwise I'd buy overseas. As for pricing, we were in Whistler in Feb this year and the prices were pretty much on par with home, it's just that the sheer range of stuff they had trumped anything I'd seen here..
     
  4. Piste Again

    Piste Again Part of the Furniture Ski Pass: Gold

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    That was our feeling too. The prices may not be better but the choice is huge.
     
  5. gareth_oau

    gareth_oau Pool Room Ski Pass: Gold

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    Canada range is far superior, but I would imagine if you are buying at the beginning of their season, then pricing wont be significantly better.

    If you are considering skis and clothing, then perhaps look online at the end of their 2016 season to see how you go (and allow for kids' growth). For boots, definitely buy when you get there
     
  6. sly_karma

    sly_karma Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    If you're not locked into ski/snowboard specific clothing, then the range of choice is massive. Big box places like Canadian Tire and Walmart have winter outdoor wear galore. Pretty much all 35 million Canadian men, women and children need outer wear suitable for winter. That leads to selection and price you could only dream about. Sportchek and Sportmart have loads of choices too, more ski-specific but not exclusively so. Lots of independent ski shops have kids exchange programs of their own.
     
  7. Piste Again

    Piste Again Part of the Furniture Ski Pass: Gold

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    Oh wouldn't that be nice if it was legal LOL
     
  8. John Miller232

    John Miller232 First Runs

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    You can buy a lot more stuff and gear on Canada especially considering a lot of people travel to Canada for skiing, snowboarding, hiking, etc... You will find a far more diverse selection of equipment. Price wise it may be cheaper to buy in Australia as the demand may not be as high. But the quality and selections may be better to buy in Canada. One other option is ski rental companies you can rent winter gear from at a very affordable price range.
     
  9. gareth_oau

    gareth_oau Pool Room Ski Pass: Gold

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    How big was your shovel to dig this thread up? LOL
     
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  10. Marty_McSly

    Marty_McSly What a plonker. Ski Pass: Gold

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    He should change his handle to "Graverobber".

    Or maybe he's grooming us to buy cheap flights via Fiji...
     
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  11. The Plowking

    The Plowking Part of the Furniture Ski Pass: Gold

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    More like 'ski rental'...
     
  12. gareth_oau

    gareth_oau Pool Room Ski Pass: Gold

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    I enjoy a good grooming
     
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