(1) They welcome beginners and help them grow their passion for the sport — we’re not into shops that talk down to or discourage those looking to get started.
(2) They are ready to take care of diehards and experts, too. This rules out a lot of shops that are staffed by people who aren’t very knowledgeable or passionate about the equipment they’re servicing or selling.
BLISTER Shops are a collection of the best service–oriented shops in the world. These are the places we trust most in a given locale to work on our boots, to wrench on our bikes, to tune our skis, and to recommend the right equipment.
BENTGATE — Golden, Colorado
For over twenty years, Bentgate has been the core climbing and ski shop for Denver and Golden, Colorado.
POWDER HOUND SKI SHOP — Girdwood, Alaska
Whether you’re headed to Alyeska Resort, flying with Chugach Powder Guides, or ski touring around Girdwood or Anchorage, Alaska, Powder Hound is the shop you should visit for all things ski and snowboard related.
GEAR WEST ALPINE — Long Lake, Minnesota
Gear West is not only one of the largest shops in the midwest, it is also one of the best.
OUTDOOR GEAR EXCHANGE — Burlington, Vermont
A huge, comprehensive inventory, excellent service, and multiple community and conservation programs — OGE isn’t your typical shop.
ALPENGLOW SPORTS — Tahoe City, California
Not only is Alpenglow Sports an excellent shop, it is also at the epicenter of Lake Tahoe outdoor culture.
BLACK SHEEP SPORTS — Munich, Germany
Black Sheep Sports is the premier freeride shop in Munich. From an impressive selection of boutique skis, to excellent bootfitting, and Bavarian beer, Black Sheep has it all.
PULSE BOOT LAB & SKI CO — Revelstoke, BC
Cutting edge, science based custom bootfitting in the heart of Revelstoke.
CROW’S FEET COMMONS — Bend, Oregon
In addition to being one of the nicest shops we’ve ever walked into, the Crow’s Feet Commons staff are a collection of gear nerds, experienced guides, capable ski tuners, and competent bike mechanics.
GNOMES ALPINE SPORTS — Darfield, New Zealand
Gnomes is the shop we trust and where we gear up on our way to the club fields of Canterbury, New Zealand.
BUTTE & CO. — Crested Butte, Colorado
If you need to rent or tune gear in Crested Butte, Butte & Co. has our highest recommendation.
So check these shops out, and tell them we sent you. Then let us know how it goes — your feedback is an important part of our review process to keep our shops list legit.
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