Winter sports are known for being a bit more on the expensive side. This can apply to snowboarding, especially if you regularly do it every weekend during the cooler months of the year. But snowboarding can still be enjoyed at popular destinations like Mammoth Mountain in a way that won’t stretch your budget.
Average Snowboarding-Related Costs
A standard snowboard averages about $400 if you get one with soft bindings. Add in gear (e.g., boots, goggles, and gloves), and that’s another $300–400, which brings the total to around $800. Your snowboarding total can easily exceed $1,000 if you factor in costs for lift passes, accommodations, transportation, food, and other related expenses.
Rent Your Snowboard & Gear
As mentioned above, snowboarding can still be a budget-friendly hobby if you do some planning ahead of time. For instance, the investment in a good snowboard can take up a big chunk of your budget. If you’re just getting started with snowboarding as a hobby, you can save money by taking advantage of snowboard rental in Mammoth as well as renting any gear you may need. This can also be beneficial if you’re not yet sure how committed you’ll be to this particular hobby.
Look for Lift Ticket/Pass Deals
Unless you want to do some serious hiking in piles of snow to get to a good and safe snowboarding site, you’ll need lift tickets or passes. Lift tickets, therefore, are a necessary snowboarding-related expense, and they can be costly. But you can chip away at your snowboarding budget if you look for deals and specials on lift tickets. For example, Mammoth Mountain offers discounted lift tickets if you make your purchase in advance. These are for beginner chairlifts only and are subject to availability. This can be a worthwhile option if you’re still in the beginner stage with snowboarding.
If you’re a seasoned snowboarder, there are still deals you can take advantage of, at least as far as Mammoth Mountain is concerned. Discounted lift tickets are available on the Mammoth website for friends and family members. This applies to Ikon Pass holders. There are also ticket reload options that can help you keep lift ticket costs in check.
Reserve Your Lessons Ahead of Time
New snowboarders typically need some lessons to safely get into this activity as a hobby. One way to save money on expenses of this nature is to consider group lessons rather than private lessons, which tend to be more of a budget stretch. Reserving your lessons ahead of time can also give you more control over rates/prices. This is, by the way, something you can do at Mammoth Mountain.
Consider Sharing Snowboarding Expenses
Another way to cut down on expenses related to snowboarding as a hobby is to share the cost burden with other snowboarders. This is something you may be able to do if you have friends or family members who are also interested in this activity. The point is if you get creative, snowboarding can be an enjoyable hobby that’s not as expensive as it could be.
If you’re ready to try snowboarding, follow these tips so the cost doesn’t hold you back. To make sure you have all the gear you’ll need, drop by and see us at ASO Mammoth, your one-stop shop for equipment, repair, and Mammoth snowboard rental. For more info, give us a call at 760-965-3444.