Spring break for the Lake Travis area is over and let’s hope this long cold winter is over too!
You may be returning from a recent ski trip in the mountains and buying snow sports gear is the last thing on your mind. It’s kind of like buying Christmas decorations the day after Christmas. You know there are some great deals, but it’s really hard to buy something knowing that when you get home, you’re going to store it in the attic or a closet for a year before using it for the first time.
But just like after Christmas sales, now is the time for the best deals as the Lake Travis area sporting good stores get rid of their winter inventory. You won’t have to worry about scrambling before next years ski vacation to find a new jacket — and you won’t have to pay top dollar either!
One of the best sales in the area has been happening at Sail and Ski Center. They have a location in Lakeway but the spring break snow sports sale is at the Austin location only. They carry everything you need for a ski vacation in the mountains including skis, snowboards, boots, jackets, pants, helmets, gloves, long underwear and more — is this starting to remind you of how much gear you need for a ski vacation?
They also have a great selection on kids gear. A few years ago we bought jackets and pants for our kids that had an I-grow system. You can lengthen the sleeves and cuffs up to two inches by simply snipping some threads. We were able to get two seasons so far and maybe a third if our kids don’t grow too much by next ski season — although I’m not counting on that.
The cool thing is you can easily resell your used ski gear on Ebay or local pages on Facebook. You won’t get all your money back, but every little bit helps to go towards new gear — especially when you have children that seem to outgrow everything in six months.
The sale items at Sail and Ski range from 10-50% off. The best gear and most popular sizes get picked through pretty quick, but I was at the Austin store the other day in search of a kids jacket and noticed there are still plenty of great deals to be had.
Helmets are a really hot item these days and a lot of those got picked through before spring break. I also noticed that the winter gear is starting to get replaced by summer gear for the upcoming boating season, so I don’t think it’s going to be long before they clear it all out.
Head over to Sail and Ski this weekend if you’re looking for some end of season steals on winter gear.
Austin Sail & Ski Center
12971 Research Blvd Austin, TX 78750
Monday – Saturday 9:00am-6:00pm
Closed on Sunday
Phone: (512) 258-0733
Lakeway Sail & Ski Center
1106 Ranch Road 620 North Lakeway, TX 78734
Tuesday – Friday 10:00am-6:00pm
Closed Sunday & Monday
Phone: (512) 266-1515