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Staff Picks: 10 Shops for Skiers and Boarders

Photo by Skistar Trysil

Whether you ski downhill or cross-country, or if you prefer to slide the slopes on a single plank, these ski and board shops will outfit you with the equipment, outerwear and accessories you need for a day of dashing through the snow.

Bikes & Boards
When you want to carve up a snowy mountainside and look good doing it, this Sporting Life-branded store is the place to gear up. Find snowboards, boots and bindings, as well as stylish jackets and goggles from brands like Burton, Volcom and Salomon. 2454 Yonge St., 416-485-4440.

Boardsports
Thanks to a staff that’s knowledgeable and passionate about all sports involving a board of some kind, you’re sure to find the right snowboard to suit your riding style and skill level. Arbor, Drake and Flow are just a few of the cool brands kept in stock. 2010 Yonge St., 416-485-9463.

Hogtown Extreme Sports
Everything you need to snowboard—aside from the slanted, snow-swept plot of land—is available at this store. Naturally, there are snowboards aplenty, as well as a fine selection of boots, jackets, pants, helmets and board bags. Waxing and sharpening services are also offered. 401 King St. W., 416-598-4192.

Kenmark Snowsports
The jaunt north to Richmond Hill is worth it to reach this 6,000-square-foot repository for skis, snowboards and more. Since 1980 is winter-loving staff have been recommending all the right equipment for your slippery escapades, from brands like Dakine, Spyder, Rossignol and Marmot. 10720 Yonge St., 905-883-5586.

Mountain Equipment Co-Op
Recreational and expert cross-country skiers alike head to this venerable outdoor store to find all the equipment they need for a day in the snow—from skis and poles to jackets and backpacks, and even sleeping bags if you’re planning a longer backcountry journey. If you’re wary of commitment, MEC offers ski and snowshoe rentals, too. 400 King St. W., 416-340-2667.

Sanction Skate & Snow
Head to this store to find a huge variety of snowboards that boast funky paintjobs without compromising performance. Boards from DC, Nitro, Capita and StepChild are in supply, along with DVDs to inspire you on your next trip to the mountains. 2978 Dundas St. W., 647-342-1326.

The Sign of the Skier
No matter what you like to strap to your feet during the winter, this shop has you covered with snowboards, snowshoes, and skis of both the alpine and cross-country variety. Clothing from Descente, Killy, Phenix and Sun Ice will, of course, keep you fashionable. 2794 Yonge St., 416-488-2118.

Skiis & Biikes
A longstanding stop for the latest ski and snowboard gear from the likes of Atomic, Nordica, Lib Tech and K2. The staff at their service department will help fit your boots and tune your board or skis for a more comfortable day on the slopes. 896 Don Mills Rd., 416-391-0654.

Sporting Life
This Canadian mini-chain stocks skis, snowboards, accessories and a large selection of name brand clothing—from the likes of Moncler, Helly Hansen and The North Face—to ensure you’re looking stylish whether you’re swishing down the mountain and or partaking in après-ski revelry. 2665 Yonge St., 416-485-1611.

Velotique
With a focus on cross-country skiing, this outfitter offers full packages for racing and recreation that come complete with skis, boots, bindings and poles. Accessories like The Louis Garneau igloo hat and an Icebreaker neckwarmer will keep you toasty on the trails. 1592 Queen St. E., 416-466-3171.

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