As the spring thaw approaches, the time is ripe to find a great deal on next year’s gear. From “Shredder Alley” — the stretch of West 4th between Burrard and Pine that’s home to 10 board shops — to some stops en route to the hills, we round up Vancouver’s finest places to buy a board.
With three storefronts along Shredder Alley and a fourth location in North Van, the Boardroom boasts B.C.’s best collection of 2010 gear, and rad rentals far superior to the selection at the hills. 1745 West 4th Ave., 604-734-7669, and others.
North America’s biggest Burton dealer is the destination for hard and soft goods from the original snowboard company. Shop to the beat of a live DJ. 1766 West 4th Ave., 604-731-6449; two locations in Whistler.
When the conditions are sloppy, head here to watch snowboarding videos on comfy armchairs. It’s also a great place for affordable accessories like Bern helmets, Skullcandy headphones and Nixon watches. 1793 West 4th Ave., 604-734-7245.
Vancouver Ski & Board Services
This is the place to get your ride tuned up — or pick up the tools you need to do it yourself after taking an in-house tune-up clinic. Cut out the middleman and go straight to the pros. 271 East 2nd Ave., 604-879-1833.
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