Question Where do you buy your snow gear?

cheekydingo

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Hi all! Wondering where the best snowsports places are to buy gear (new or used, doesn't matter) near Falls Creek? We have some old boards already but we're in need of snowboard boots, helmets, goggles etc.

We're already on the mountain, but we'll be doing grocery trips to Albury regularly. Is it better to buy on the mountain or wait and go to one of the bigger places in Albury? Or Mt Beauty? Hoping for any advice people can offer!
 

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I find it surprising that you're planning regular grocery trips to Albury over the winter. That is just going to eat into your skiing time during your time off. I live in Mt Beauty year round and never do a trip into Albury to grab groceries, might grab some fruit and veg if heading in there for other tasks but never head in just to grocery shop.
 
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Hully

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..... as far as bigger places in Albury, you won't find anything significantly bigger in regards to snowsports range than you'll find in Falls and Mount Beauty. All depends what you're after in regards to range and quality.

Locally I get my gear from Kiewa Valley Snowsports in Mount Beauty. Great range, quality products, awesome service and friends of mine.
 

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..... as far as bigger places in Albury, you won't find anything significantly bigger in regards to snowsports range than you'll find in Falls and Mount Beauty. All depends what you're after in regards to range and quality.

Locally I get my gear from Kiewa Valley Snowsports in Mount Beauty. Great range, quality products, awesome service and friends of mine.
Wot @Hully said.
 
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currawong

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probably more choice in mt beauty than albury

i might get a few specialist things in albury but as @Hully said there is a decent range in mt beauty.

as well as Kiewa Valley Snowsports, which arguably has the best gear, you can try
ski plus
rocky valley - especially for less expensive stuff
bogong ski centre

there are also some decent shops at Falls too. the independents tend to have better service but I still get some stuff there.
 

cheekydingo

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..... as far as bigger places in Albury, you won't find anything significantly bigger in regards to snowsports range than you'll find in Falls and Mount Beauty. All depends what you're after in regards to range and quality.

Locally I get my gear from Kiewa Valley Snowsports in Mount Beauty. Great range, quality products, awesome service and friends of mine.

Thanks for the tips! I'm not sure if 'regular' was the right word for me to use there. I was planning on doing a big grocery shop once every couple of weeks - does that still seem excessive? This is my first season so I'm not sure what a normal amount of off-mountain time would be.

Kiewa Valley Snowsports sounds great! Any idea what days they might be open at the moment? (I've found websites and Google maps' hours to be pretty unreliable at the moment). Thanks again, I really appreciate it!
 

cheekydingo

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probably more choice in mt beauty than albury

i might get a few specialist things in albury but as @Hully said there is a decent range in mt beauty.

as well as Kiewa Valley Snowsports, which arguably has the best gear, you can try
ski plus
rocky valley - especially for less expensive stuff
bogong ski centre

there are also some decent shops at Falls too. the independents tend to have better service but I still get some stuff there.

Thanks currawong! And thanks for all of your other posts on the forum too. I've already learnt plenty from reading through old posts to see if this topic has been covered, and seeing your helpful comments all over the place! :)
Looks like local is the way to go for buying gear. I'll check out those places next week (if they're open). Cheers!
 
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currawong

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Thanks for the tips! I'm not sure if 'regular' was the right word for me to use there. I was planning on doing a big grocery shop once every couple of weeks - does that still seem excessive? This is my first season so I'm not sure what a normal amount of off-mountain time would be.

Kiewa Valley Snowsports sounds great! Any idea what days they might be open at the moment? (I've found websites and Google maps' hours to be pretty unreliable at the moment). Thanks again, I really appreciate it!
I don't know for sure, but the ski shops tend to only open up from QBW. Rocky Valley is the exception. They are also a bike shop. They might not have changed over their displays but if you are in Mt Beauty then you could drop in and ask. They make a very good coffee too. Open most days
 

Hully

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Thanks for the tips! I'm not sure if 'regular' was the right word for me to use there. I was planning on doing a big grocery shop once every couple of weeks - does that still seem excessive? This is my first season so I'm not sure what a normal amount of off-mountain time would be.

Kiewa Valley Snowsports sounds great! Any idea what days they might be open at the moment? (I've found websites and Google maps' hours to be pretty unreliable at the moment). Thanks again, I really appreciate it!
First season, assuming you're young...... as it seems you're lucky enough to have on mountain accommodation I wouldn't be planning any off mountain time if I was you. The season passes quickly once you get in the swing. Ski time is a premium and there will be plenty of work hours for everybody with staff shortages across the board. Make the most of the mountain life, plenty of time to explore the sub-alpine when the season ends.
 

cheekydingo

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First season, assuming you're young...... as it seems you're lucky enough to have on mountain accommodation I wouldn't be planning any off mountain time if I was you. The season passes quickly once you get in the swing. Ski time is a premium and there will be plenty of work hours for everybody with staff shortages across the board. Make the most of the mountain life, plenty of time to explore the sub-alpine when the season ends.

Cool, I reckon I'll do a huge shop before the season starts and try to avoid leaving the village from then onwards. It helps that there's plenty of good places to eat up here too! Thanks Hully!
 

currawong

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some people do feel the need to occasionally see green grass or just spend a day away from the mountain. one of the mt beauty walks or a round of golf or just hanging at the bakery or other coffee spot can do that for you without the extra hour each way to albury. the falls creek supermarket can be a bit limited but the range of food in the mt beauty supermarket is pretty good.
 

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The supermarket at Falls has a large mark-up but it is justified because of the costs involved driving up and down the hill. If you want to save money tho; spend it on booze, the on-hill mark-up on beer and spirits is huge
 

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We have used the Board Lounge at Falls to get some gear in the past. They were always helpful and went above and beyond.
 
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Thanks currawong! And thanks for all of your other posts on the forum too. I've already learnt plenty from reading through old posts to see if this topic has been covered, and seeing your helpful comments all over the place! :)
Looks like local is the way to go for buying gear. I'll check out those places next week (if they're open). Cheers!

Depends on why you are going to Albury - if it's part of a trip to 'civilisation' and catchup with interests there nothing wrong with stockpiling stuff - cleaning materials - bog rolls - etc if it's expedient (and a bit cheaper) and saves little trips to IGA.
 
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