Having taken three kids skiing for year after year I know only too well that skiing can be horrifically expensive. Forget about just the snow clothing, it’s about the getting there, the ski pass, rental for skis and snowboards (or even worse) the equipment buys which for most are only going to be used for one, maximum two weeks each year and, of course, the apres ski. Oh yes and then there’s the hotel and the food. And the ski classes. And the pocket money for the kids who just can’t be sent off without enough money for a hot chocolate at the very least in their pockets.
The joy of online is that you don’t have to trek out to your local sports shop where the choice is bound to be limited but you can choose from a wide selection without having to leave home. If you’re a serious skier or snowboarder you can buy the very latest in high tech skis and snowboards and get all the up to date news. If not you can buy from huge ranges of base layers, ski pants, ski jackets, ski socks, snow boots, ski gloves, ski hats, goggles and all the rest of the paraphernalia. Actually now it’s easy to spend even more than ever before.
Having said that, many of the best snow sports online retailers have permanent sale areas where you can shop from last year’s hot pink and lime green jackets as opposed to this year’s tangerine and cobalt blue. Moi? I always go for black and grey, inevitably. So chic on the slopes……………………
You can browse the best of the snow clothing and equipment here, but these are a few of my favourites where you can kit yourself out from head to edge. Snow and Rock, Extreme Pie, Simply Piste, Blacks, Snowinn and Cotswold Outdoor.
whatsapp. Just been told by the son that I am so behind the times as I didn't know about this ‘inter smartphone’ app http://bit.ly/biJMT. Brilliant. Text via internet from wherever you are in the world.