With the majestic Rockies beckoning, it’s impossible to ignore that ski season is upon us. But perfect powder is only part of the equation. You’ve got to have the gear, too. Here, the best ski shops in Calgary.
Whether you’re bringing in your skis for a tune-up or hunting for something new, the super-knowledgeable staff here caters to the most hardcore of hill hounds. The store specializes in twin tip and freeride skis from big-name brands like Salomon, Rossignol, Oakley, Smith and Armada. 108 10 St. NW, 403-670-0400.
Calgary’s only all-downhill shop boasts 7,000 square feet of boots, skis and jackets by Volkl, Nordica and Lange. With a staff that has, on average, 15 years of industry experience, Ski West can offer peace of mind that others cannot. To wit: They guarantee the fit of every boot they sell. 300 14 St. NW, 403-270-3800.
The Ski Cellar
This ski gear institution has been around for more than six decades, catering to everyone from freestyle snowboarders to competitive skiers. The slope-savvy will find an assortment of gear by Burton, Salomon, Head and K2, while the après ski-inclined can stock up on stylish outerwear and apparel by Bonfire and Orage. 1442 17 Ave. SW, 403-245-4311
At this full-service ski and snowboard shop, you’ll find brands like Spyder, Descente and Lasse Kjus, a European line that’s exclusive to Techno Sport in Alberta. Take care of all your ski needs here, down to the bindings, boards, helmets and goggles. 211 17 Ave. SW, 403-244-4492.
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