Right now is a great time to buy last season's gear. Last week was probably the best time to buy due to Labor Day sales. My local Sports Chalet went from 40% to 50% off on everything, and 75% off on Forum, K2 and Salomon gear.
I bought everything online though to avoid paying sales tax. Although I did go into brick and mortar stores to try on things to make sure I got the sizing right.