We love great shops. We hang out in them, we’ve worked in them, we depend on them, and the best ones do a few key things:
(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. It’s not to say that there aren’t some other great shops out there, but these are the ones we can and will vouch for.
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.
ALPENGLOW SPORTS — Tahoe City, California
Not only is Alpenglow Sports an excellent shop, it is also at the epicenter of Lake Tahoe outdoor culture.
BACKCOUNTRY ESSENTIALS — Bellingham, Washington
With its excellent reputation for ski and boot fitting services, a massive beer fridge, and (among other things) it being the only shop between Seattle and Whistler that installs Quiver Killers, Backcountry Essentials is worth a visit whether you live in the Bellingham area, are visiting, or want to support a local shop through online sales.
BENTGATE — Golden, Colorado
For over twenty years, Bentgate has been the core climbing and ski shop for Denver and Golden, Colorado.
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.
BUTTE & CO. — Crested Butte, Colorado
If you need to rent or tune gear in Crested Butte, Butte & Co. has our highest recommendation.
ESCAPE ROUTE — Whistler & Squamish, British Columbia
With two shops in Whistler, including an expansive Demo Center, and one shop in Squamish, Escape Route has everything you need for your next backcountry adventure. Whether you’re looking to buy or rent gear, need some advice on the PNW, Escape Route has you covered.
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.
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.
OUTDOOR GEAR EXCHANGE — Burlington, Vermont
A huge, comprehensive inventory, excellent service, and multiple community and conservation programs — OGE isn’t your typical shop.
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.
PULSE BOOT LAB & SKI CO — Revelstoke, British Columbia
Cutting edge, science-based custom bootfitting in the heart of Revelstoke.
THE SKIER’S SPORTSHOP — Edmonton, Alberta
This family-owned shop has over 50 years of experience supplying skiers and riders in the Edmonton, Alberta area.
THE SKI MONSTER — Boston, Massachusetts
The Ski Monster is our go-to shop for all things ski and snowboard-related in Boston — plus, they have an excellent e-commerce site for those all around the world.
SPOKANE ALPINE HAUS — Spokane, Washington
If you’re in Spokane and looking for a ski / ride shop with excellent customer service and highly skilled techs, head over to Spokane Alpine Haus. Locally owned for more than 40 years.
STURTEVANTS — Ketchum & Hailey, Idaho
In a town with more ski shops per capita than just about anywhere, Sturtevants stands out for their large selection of gear, knowledgeable staff, and community involvement.
VERTICAL PLAYGROUND — Oppdal, Norway
If you live in Norway or are planning to visit, we recommend you check out Vertical Playground.
WILLI’S — Pittsburgh & Seven Springs Mountain Resort, Pennsylvania
A full-service specialty ski and snowboard shop with 3 locations in the Pittsburgh area, including 2 city locations and one shop that is 150 feet from the chairlift. In-person or online, Willi’s is worth a visit.
BUENA VISTA BIKE COMPANY — Buena Vista, Colorado
BV Bike Co is both an outstanding bike shop and the purveyor of waffles so addictive that we’ve dubbed them “crack waffles”.
OVER THE EDGE — Fruita, Colorado; Hurricane, Utah; Melrose, Australia; & Todos Santos, Mexico
Over The Edge has more than 25 years of experience as a core mountain bike shop, dedicated to serving their customers with top notch sales and service, as well as leading trail building efforts in their communities.
Again, 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.