February 4th, 2007
For Christmas, we went skiing in Vermont. It was a lot of fun and having the right clothing made a big difference. In order to get the right stuff, I went all over Broward County, Florida.
Here’s a list of the stores I found with ski apparel:
- Burlington Coat Factory (in Sawgrass Mills) – This place was great. The selection and pricing was amazing. I was able to get my daughter’s ski outfit (ski bibs, jacket, and hat) for $49 and my son’s ski outfit (ski pants and jacket) for $35. I also got a great deal on the kids waterproof boots. In general, Burlington Coat Factory is a good place to find ski jackets, ski pants, adult ski gloves/mittens, and snow boots. I suggest going here first.
- Sports Authority (check yours, but definitely in Pembroke Pines and Sawgrass Mills) – The selection was okay and the pricing was full retail. I was able to get good winter socks (not ski socks), Columbia ski jackets (for my husband and myself), ski pants, ski hats, and waterproof Timberland boots. You pay full price, but you get a little bit different selection. Sports Authority carries ski jackets, ski pants, waterproof boots, winter socks, ski gloves, ski hats, and base layers. Availability for these items is seasonal. Sports Authority is a good place to go after you’ve been to Burlington Coat Factory.
- Target (check yours, but definitely at Miramar and Sawgrass) – I was rather surprised, but I was able to pick up a few things and the pricing was very reasonable. I bought kids’ neck gaiters, boy’s ski gloves, a boy’s ski hat, kids’ thermals, and men’s base layers. Target turned out to be a good place for children’s ski accessories and for men’s thermals and base layers. Availability for these items is seasonal.
- Peter Glenn Ski & Sports ( 2 locations in Ft. Lauderdale and many other locations) – This store has it all. The staff is very knowledgable and friendly. The selection is overwhelming. The prices can get high, depending on how fancy you want to get. I purchased goggles, ski socks, kid’s ski mittens, adult neck gaiters, and adult headbands. Peter Glenn is where you go to get the hard to find items, i.e. goggles and ski socks, especially for kids. Of course, if your budget allows, Peter Glenn can be your one stop shop for all your ski apparel.
- Consignment Shops – I tried one kids’ consignment shop and they had a small section of ski apparel, just ski pants and jackets. Availability for these items is seasonal. I found their prices similar to Burlington Coat Factory’s. I didn’t end up buying anything. However, consignment shops can be hit or miss, you may have better luck.
Some other options are shopping online, borrowing from friends & family, or renting your ski apparel.
I hope you find everything you need and have a wonderful time on your ski trip.