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Now that Steamboat's second mud season has just kicked in, locals will be searching for the latest winter wear and equipment for the best prices. With sporting good shops beginning their pre-winter sales, jump on those sales now. This may be your last chance before the snow begins to stick.

John Kole, owner of One Stop Ski Shop, said supplies are limited for bargain gear and multiple sales around town are the best ways to grab those supplies before the newest and more expensive stuff rolls in.

"Start looking right now. Price is what people shop for, so go to a reputable place that won't mislead you," Kole said, adding many stores have items left over from last year at great prices.

Kole said when looking for ski boots, a proper fit is most important. If you're a beginner to intermediate skier, you don't want to buy a racing boot.

Jay Wetzler of the Bunkhouse Lodge said he's a bargain shopper, and though no one wants to pay more, his wife is the one who manages all the shopping.

Susan Wetzler's key tip shop for the opposite season.

"Denver would be a really good deal. I don't buy anything in Steamboat unless I have to or if it's snowing out and I don't want to drive over the pass," Susan said.

Susan said she went down to Denver recently and bought 30 pieces of summer clothing for her children for under $100.

But when it comes to winter wear, Susan said she rarely finds great deals for things she wants. Usually, shopping in sales catalogs are the best ways to find winter wear for hardly any money, she said.

"Always try to go for the deal. I bought Sorels in February and they were much less because I waited," Susan said.

Susan also said look for the local winter equipment sales such as ski boots and skis.

"Explore your options, go to different stores and find the same thing for different prices," Susan said, adding she bought a brand new $400 pair of ski boots last year for $125.

Compiled by Kelly Silva

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