With more than 20 resorts to choose from and terrain for skiers of all levels, skiing is inevitable (even for those who consider themselves un-athletic) in Colorado. Buying ski equipment can be daunting and expensive, so it’s best to know where to go for the best prices, quality equipment and expert service. Visit one of these Colorado ski shops on your next trip to the mountains to ensure you have more time on the slops than in the store.
Hours: Tues, Fri – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Wed to Thurs – 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sat – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sun – 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Sports Plus offers a wide selection of new and used sporting equipment. Because the store offers quality used merchandise, it’s a great choice for skiers who need to save a little money. With equipment for skiers of all levels, Sports Plus is also perfect for committed skiers stocking up as well as newbies hunting for the basics or looking to ditch gear as they upgrade.
Hours: Mon to Fri – 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sat – 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sun – 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Colorado Ski & Golf is a Denver-area staple with good equipment at low prices. The store offers a low price guarantee that includes competitor price matching. Store staff members are knowledgeable and friendly; never pushy or intimidating. The store carries a wide range of equipment at varied price points, and gear that just isn’t getting the job done is returnable.
Hours: Mon to Sat – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sun – 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
This ski equipment store caters to women who want to ski in style. The gear here is fashion forward and cute as well as functional. In addition to its Cherry Creek North location, Outdoor Divas has a store in Boulder. If the store is out of any particular item or certain size, the Boulder location can ship your purchase. Outdoor Divas carries an extensive selection of brands and has lots of styles to spice up any ski wardrobe.
Hours: Mon to Sat – 9 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.; Sun – 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Formerly the Garts Sports Castle, this Sports Authority location is one of Denver’s best for ski equipment. With a corporate office in Englewood, Sports Authority remains tightly connected to the Colorado ski scene. Sports Authority carries ski equipment from multiple brands, and its annual SNIAGRAB (bargains spelled backwards) event is one of the most popular ski and snowboard equipment sales in the city.
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Hours: Mon to Fri –11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sat – 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sun – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Located in Denver’s Highland’s neighborhood, Wilderness Exchange sells equipment for backcountry as well as cross-country skiing. Locally owned and operated by back-country sports enthusiasts, this store is a good resource for people who want to explore Colorado’s snow-covered mountain terrain without flying down the side of a mountain.
Alaina Brandenburger is a freelance writer living in Denver. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.