Ski Season is Coming: It's Time to Gear Up!

Be ready to hit the mountain on opening day! Winter Park Resort  announced that thier opening day has been moved up to Halloween, and Granby Ranch is set to start running its lifts December 10th. Whether you have a quiver of one or ten, now is the time to dust off your gear and get it tuned. If you're in need of skis or a snowboard or are just ready to upgrade, you can find everything you need right here on this side of Berthoud Pass!


Located in downtown Winter Park and locally-owned, Epic Mountain Sports has been a local go-to for getting set up for winter since 2008. Nestled in the Park Plaza Shopping Center along with Rudi's Deli and Pepe Osaka's Fish Taco Tequila Bar & Grill, Epic has a solid selection of top-of-the-line equipment. Pick up a new pair of boots at the shop, or bring your old ones in for a custom boot-fitting to identify and correct issues that may be causing hot spots, pain, or lower performance. Check out their selection of new skis, with set-ups for all kinds of skiers and conditions, from the backcountry to the park and deep powder to groomers. Not ready to commit but still need gear to ride for the season? They offer seasonal rental packages for snowboards or alpine skis. You get a free mid-season tune with your rental, too! We love this option kids--if they have a growth-spurt mid-season, you can just swing back in and trade out your gear for the right size, and your little rippers can be (comfortably) back out on the mountain that day. Already have your gear and just need a tune-up before opening day? They've got you covered. Looking to buy used gear? Be sure to head in each March when they sell their "gold-level" rental fleet at a reduced cost. Epic offers daily rentals (including backcountry set-ups) and has a solid selection of winter clothes and outerwear. If you go in to buy some skis, you just might leave with a new jacket, too! 


Two Pines Supply on Main Street in Granby specializes in the backcountry experience, and winter is no exception. Their selection of backcountry and AT skis, boots, bindings, and poles is one of the best in the county. Would you rather hike than glide? No problem! They'll hook you up with a high quality pair of snowshoes. The team there is passionate about helping you get outside and enjoy some of those off-the-beaten-path gems, and they're happy to share them with you. Locally owned and operated, Two Pines gives you that small-town customer service experience that leaves you feeling like you made a new friend. 


Christy Sports and Powder Tools are both mainstays in Winter Park. Located in Cooper Creek Square facing Main Street, they've been serving the Fraser Valley for decades. Christy's is on the ground level and offers a great selection of new skis, bindings, boots, poles, and helmets. You can get everything you need to hit the mountain in one stop. They'll get you fixed up with gear that matches your ability and terrain of choice. Upstairs, Powder Tools runs the snowboard side of Christy Sports. With one of the largest selections of snowboards in town and a knowledgeable staff, you can find the best snowboard and bindings for you. Their snowboard-centric apparel is definitely worth checking out as well as you gear up this fall! Both stores offer tunes to get your gear ready before the snow settles in and seasonal rental options if you're still on the fence for making a big gear purchase. They also specialize in daily rentals.  


Looking to spend some time in the snow on Nordic skis this winter? Whether you're new to the sport and need a beginner's package or a seasoned skate-skier looking to up your game, Devil's Thumb Ranch and Icebox Mountain Sports are two of our main local Nordic suppliers, both offering high-quality gear sold by Nordic enthusiasts with a wealth of information. Zach's Mercantile at Devil's Thumb Ranch is home to their Nordic center, and Icebox Mountain Sports is on Highway 40 in Fraser near Ace Hardware. Each shop has a wide selection of new classic and skate ski gear. Icebox also sells backcountry and AT gear (and offers backcountry and Nordic rentals). Not only will they both get you the gear you need to play outside this winter, they'll point you in the right direction for some of the best touring and skate skiing in the area. 


Not ready to splurge on a brand new set-up this year? Winter Park Trading Company is the best place in town to score great deals on gently-loved gear. With an ever-changing stock, it's worth swinging by often to find what you're looking for. Nordic gear, alpine and backcountry skis, snowboards, boots, poles, helmets, snowshoes, and more line their walls and fill the store. Check it out on Main Street in Winter Park, right by Cooper Creek Square and across from Deno's Mountain Bistro. 

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