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Alaska, Oregon & Western Washington
There’s Snow Place Like Alaska
Gear Up for Winter Sports
November 01, 2012

The recent snowfall has active Alaskans considering new winter sporting gear; Better Business Bureau encourages consumers to enjoy the white and watch their green.

"Seasonal changes are a great excuse to get into a new outdoor activity," says Robert W.G. Andrew, CEO of BBB serving Alaska, Oregon and Western Washington. "But it’s important to spend wisely and responsibly."

Before heading out to splurge on new gear, consider the following tips:

  • Shop around. Compare prices on similar products to get the best deals.
  • Talk to experts. Get advice from the knowledgeable staff at local shops.
  • Buy used, too. For a fraction of the price, used equipment is an economical alternative. Check newspapers and event websites for community equipment swaps.
  • Get upgrades. Parents should consider equipment leasing or trade-in programs that allow them to inexpensively upgrade children's equipment as they grow.
  • Think safety first. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommends helmet use for most sports. Set a good example by always wearing a correctly-fitted helmet.

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