There are gonna be some big sales this spring. Get ready. Sales were way down this year and inventories are way up. This means that ski/board shops have tons of gear and no way to sell it. Thus, shops are gonna be trying to get rid of gear anyway they can. They’ll be selling it for cheap and you’ll likely even be able to barter a bit.
Information Source from this article:
Snow Sports Retail Sales:
- Down 12% in units sold
- Down 4% in dollars sold
- Total sales thru February = $3.2 Billion
Sales by Category:
- Equipment Sales - down 8% in units and 3% in dollars sold
- Apparel - down 2% in units and flat in dollars sold
- Accessories - down 15% in units and 8% in dollars sold
- Services/Repair - up 1% in units, up 3% in dollars sold
- Rental - down 16% in units rented, down 5% in dollars sold
Total sales through all snow sports retail channels Aug – Feb = $3,180,513,167; down 12% in units, down 4% in dollars sold.
- 42% increase in alpine equipment inventory
- 35% increase in snowboard apparel
- 33% increase in alpine apparel
- 70% increase in cross-country ski equipment
Other Interesting Numbers:
- Reverse/mixed camber skis sales increased 83% so far this season and now account for 25% of all alpine skis sold
- Unit sales of rocker boards are up 9% in units and 7% in dollars sold. In fact, 73% of all snowboards sold through February have reverse camber
- Rental revenues at retail are down almost $3M compared to last season and 29% fewer units had been rented through Feb this season
- Alpine top sales are healthy this season, particularly women’s insulated parkas up 11% in units and 10% in dollars sold to $186M, and men’s soft-shell tops are up 13% in units sold and 18% in dollars sold to $67M
The snow sports industry is hurting due to the poor conditions in most of the USA. Inventories in ski shops are overstocked. Ski/board shops are going to be selling gear for very cheap prices this spring. Figure out what you want, and start hustling.