Beg, Borrow, Steal, Buy or Rent

Posted by Chara on March 5, 2011

beg-borrow-steal (beg-borrow-steal)For starters, let's not actually steal anything. Unless you're "stealing" it from a family member with every intention of giving it back. In that scenario, stealing might be warranted. But that's about it.

I have a story.

A long, long time ago I lived in New England.  My husband Gary did too, though we didn't know each other then, and we both owned lots of cold weather gear.  The ironic thing is that we were never cold because, and this is important, when you wear the proper clothing you do not get cold!.

Now we live in Los Angeles.  For years my cold weather gear consisted of a leather jacket and a hoodie.  Whenever the temperature dropped below 65 degrees, I thought for sure I would get hypothermia.

So what do you do when you head to the slopes? If you live in a warmer climate like we do,  or don't use your ski clothes regularly, you might not want to make a big investment--especially when it comes to outfitting the kids.  Over the years I've figured out that some things are worth buying, some things are better borrowed and, believe it or not, you can actually rent clothes.  

Beg & Borrow

  • Jackets and ski pants can often be borrowed for kids and most people are happy to lend them out, especially if they were outgrown after just a season or two.
  • Turtlenecks and sweaters are worth trying to borrow for your kids.  While they aren't expensive to buy, it can add up.


  • Jackets and ski pants for adults can be rented at Destination Sports for $16 per item, per day.  Call ahead to schedule youre clothing rental to make sure they have your size.


  • Anything that touches your skin.  Even if it's 10 degrees you still work up a sweat skiing or snowboarding.  You wouldn't wear some else's gym socks, would you?
  • Gloves and goggles.  You'll want your own and your kids won't outgrow them immediately.
  • Any and all adult gear.  Because why not?  You deserve it.  I've found some great deals at Sierra Trading Post and they didn't pay me to say that.   

Whatever you do, dress appropriately.  The right gear can make or break an otherwise perfect day.


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