The Best Sites To Buy Cheap Ski, Snowboarding And Other Winter Gear

Don't pay the retail price for cold weather clothing. Here's where to buy snow boots, gloves, puffer jackets and more.
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If you practically live on the slopes every winter, you probably have all the fancy gear, jackets, wool ski socks and snowsuits you need. But if you only occasionally go skiing or snowboarding, you know it’s beyone painful to pay retail price for all the specialized outerwear, base layers and other things you need to stay warm and dry for just a few days of wintery fun.

There’s good news: A number of online retailers carry discounted or past-season winter and snow sports gear at lower cost, or they regularly offer accessible new lines at prices that don’t hurt as much. You could patiently wait for sales at other retailers or haunt your local secondhand store every spring, but these sites exist solely for the purpose of bringing you savings on cold weather outdoor gear every day.

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Moosejaw is an online and brick-and-mortar retailer that was founded by two outdoor enthusiasts and eventually acquired by Walmart. It carries most major outdoors brands and has a generous rewards program and regular sales that'll make everyone happy, from ski enthusiasts to hardcore campers and climbers. Items can go pretty quickly, especially in certain sizes, so move fast if you see something you love. In addition to winter clothes, Moosejaw also sells equipment like snowboards, skis and helmets.

Left to right: The North Face women's Metropolis III parka, $208.99 (originally $298.95); Sorel's Joan of Arctic Next boot for women, $129.99+ (originally $250); Icebreaker men's 175 everyday long-sleeve crew top, $85.
Mountain Steals
Mountain Steals is a discount site owned by Moosejaw that carries top brands for less. You can expect to find more gear from previous seasons than the newest items, but if something's as much as 60% off, who cares? The site carries the likes of The North Face, Icebreaker, Mountain Hardwear, Columbia, Burton, Marmot, Merrill, Darn Tough and Yeti.

Left to right: Marmot women's Lexi jacket, $159.99 (originally $325); Darn Tough men's Edge midweight padded cushion sock, $19.99 (originally $28;99); Columbia women's Out and Back Interchange jacket, $84.99 (originally $219.95).
Target has pretty decent cold weather gear, from everyday puffer coats to a surprisingly feature-packed women's ski bib from the in-house All in Motion brand that, I swear, rivals my North Face bib — and it was a quarter of the price. Best of all: Much of what Target carries in this category comes in a wide range of sizes, including women's plus and men's big and tall. (If the women's bib is currently sold out, try signing up for an alert when your size comes back in stock. That's worked for me.)

Left to right: All in Motion women's snow sport bib, $37.80 (originally $54); women's touchscreen snow sport goves, $25; men's snow bib, $26.60 (originally $38).
Amazon carries a lot of brands that are big in cold weather clothing, but there are inexpensive gems to be found in off-brand products. For example, I have the snowboard jacket above in gray. The brand name Cntriton doesn't add any cachet to my life, but the jacket I bought has everything I need: armpit vents, a snowskirt, waterproof exterior fabric, ample pockets, warm insulation and a truly affordable price tag for snow sports.

Left to right: Cntriton women's snowboard jacket, $68.88+; Baleaf women's fleece-lined water-resistant thermal leggings for winter hiking and running, $28.89; Carhartt women's heavyweight synthetic-wool blend boot sock, $11.99; Tapasimme unisex down pants, $55.99+.
Backcountry was started in a Utah garage by two guys selling avalanche equipment; it now offers just about every major outdoors brand and gear for everything from fishing, camping and surfing to skiing and snowboarding, along with its own intriguing house labels, Backcountry and Stoic. It has constant rotating sales.

Left to right: The North Face women's 1996 Retro Nuptse jacket, $195.97 (originally $279.95); Stoic men's puffer gloves, $23.40 (originally $39); Vans women's Hi-Standard OG snowboard boot, $199.95; Patagonia men's Micro D fleece pullover, $59.
The Mountain Hardwear Outlet
Mountain Hardwear's winter gear isn't cheap, but there's a fun little corner of the brand's website: the MHW outlet. Here you can find sale items at pretty deep discounts, although that brings the price point on par with many other national brands. For example, I snagged a pair of ultra lightweight down pants for $80 that normally retail for $275. They weren't cheap, but they were a deal that'll definitely last. (One huge bummer: Mountain Hardwear still doesn't make clothing in extended sizes for women.)

Left to right: women's Cloud Bank GoreTex insulated jacket, $224.98 (originally $450); women's Ghost Whisperer/2 Hoody, $129.98 (originally $325); men's Mt Eyak/2 jacket, $99.98 (originally $200)
Steep & Cheap
Steep & Cheap is a discount website owned by Backcountry. Not everything is on sale, but deals abound — if you can snag your size before it's gone. In addition to clothing, the site also carries snowboards, boots and safety equipment like helmets for kids and adults. Fun fact: Items carried by both Backcountry and Steep & Cheap are usually cheaper here.

Left to right: Helly Hansen women's Whitewall LifaLoft jacket, $206.25 (originally $375); Obermeyer toddler girl's Livy jacket, $47.80+ (originally $119.50); Patagonia men's Nano Puff jacket, $159.99 (originally $229); Mountain Hardwear Firefall men's bib, $160.29 (originally $228.99)
When you don't spend a ton of time in freezing temps, paying an arm and a leg for fancy Merino wool base layers feels like a stretch. Enter Walmart, which carries inexpensive thermals brands like ClimateRight by Cuddl Duds that'll get you through your time on the mountain without making your checkbook cry — and they come in expanded sizes, too!

Left to right: ClimateRight by Cuddl Duds women's stretch fleece long underwear thermal legging, $9.99; ClimateRight by Cuddl Duds women's plush warmth long underwear thermal top with thumb holes, $12.44; SkiGear by Arctix women's regular and plus-size winter snow bib, $21.91+
Outdoor Gear Exchange
Outdoor Gear Exchange is a physical store in Burlington, Vermont, with a large web store to boot. If you're lucky enough to go in person, check out the massive consignment section with deals upon deals (you can even mail in clothes to consign if you're not anywhere near). Both in-store and online, you can find great savings on new merch from all the best snowsports brands, along with lots of equipement like boots, bindings, poles and helmets. Don't miss the store's blog full of helpful advice, such as how to size ski boots.

Left to right: Burton Prowess women's jacket, $219.99 (originally $274.95); men's Smartwool Merino 250 thermal quarter-zip baselayer, $104.99 (originally $150); Rab Nexus women's pull-on stretch fleece midlayer, $66.99 (originally $95)
The Arcteryx outlet
Arcteryx offers discounted past season outerwear, footwear and equipment in its outlet site, which is divided into men's and women's sections. It doesn't make their products inexpensive, but you can find some decent savings on splurge-y items. The company also has a ReGear section that sells secondhand Arcteryx clothing that's been inspected and refreshed if necessary.

Left to right: men's Sabre AR Gore-Tex pant, $384.30 (originally $549); women's Essent bra, $39 (originally $60); women's Sensa parka, $449.25 (originally $599)
Columbia's "deals" section
Columbia has sales fairly often, but they also have an ongoing "deals" section of the website. Grab clothes, shoes and equipment for both adults and kids for up to 50% off, some of it in larger sizes for both men and women.

Left to right: big men’s Alpine Action insulated ski jacket, $99.98 (originally $200); women's plus Rosie Run insulated jacket $179.99 (originally $260); women's Ava Alpine insulated jacket, $199.99 (originally $250)
Sierra (formerly known as Sierra Trading Post) is owned by the parent company of TJ Maxx, Marshalls and HomeGoods, so you know you'll find a deal. The website is chock-full of discounted items, including an impressive sale collection of warm, tough winter socks for men, women and kids from the likes of SmartWool and Icebreaker.

Left to right: The North Face women's Beatty ski suit, $199 (originally $549); Giro men's 18 Index over-the-glasses ski goggles, $34.99 (originally $70); SmartWool men's Targeted Cushion Merino wool ski socks, $14.99 (originally $20); Moncler women's goose down puffer jacket, $1,049 (originally $2,170)
Nordstrom Rack
Nordstrom Rack
We all know Nordstrom Rack for its good deals on clothes and shoes, but have you ever searched the site for snow sports? You'll find a mix of discounted ski jackets, bibs, and regular winter gear that'll get you to the slopes such as down jackets and waterproof insulated boots. It's the Rack, so you already know the deals.

Left to right: The North Face men's Freedom waterproof snow bibs, $129.97 (originally $199); Cougar women's faux fur trim waterproof boot, $79.97 (originally $160); The North Face women's Thermoball Eco Snow Triclimate three-in-one waterproof jacket, $229.97 (originally $360)
Surprise! ASOS can be a sweet spot for relatively inexpensive but trendy-looking ski gear, including gloves and goggles. Best of all, the snow sports clothing selection from ASOS's in-house brand has options in extended sizes including women's petite, tall and curve.

Left to right: ASOS 4505 women's Curve ski high waisted salopette in black, $100; ASOS 4505 ski socks 2-pack, $32; ASOS 4505 fleece inner ski gloves, $26; ASOS 4505 women's ski skinny ski pants with stirrup, $100; ASOS 4505 men's ski bib pants in black, $135
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