If you’re anything like us, the changing colours of autumn are worth celebrating for one reason alone: It means ski season is that much closer. So, unless you’ve got big plans to spend the coming months watching re-runs of “Glee,” it’s time to start planning your ski trips – and picking up the gear you need to get you through the season.
Salomon Toronto Store
You won’t find a better selection of Salomon gear and high-tech apparel anywhere. The legendary brand’s first North American flagship store caters to all types of skiers, from big mountain lovers to park freestylers to precision racers. 10 Aggie Hogg Gardens, 416-384-1661.
This suburban cycling and boardsport institution also caters to skiers, both alpine and cross-country. Beginners will dig affordable entry-level packages, which include skis, bindings, boots and poles, starting at only $300. 111 Doncaster Ave., Thornhill, 905-889-3772.
The Sign Of The Skier
Toronto’s premier ski shop has built its reputation on knowledgeable staff and impeccable service. In addition to all sorts of high-end ski gear, the shop is home to a selection of elegant, teak outdoor furniture – just what you need to make your chalet a little more comfortable. 2794 Yonge St., 416-488-2118.
You can’t miss this 55,000 square-foot juggernaut; it’s Canada’s largest retailer of outerwear and ski apparel. Offering everything from Burton to Burberry, SpoLi makes it easy to look just as good off the slopes as you do on them. 2665 Yonge Street, 416-485-1611.
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