Environment Canada predicts a snowy Vancouver this weekend. Time to gear up for the ski, snowboard, and snowshoeing season! Whistler will be opening 13 days early this year, on Saturday, November 16, while Cypress Mountain, Grouse Mountain, and Mount Seymour are eagerly waiting for Old Man Winter to stop by with some of the white stuff as well.
Below are 7 shops in Kitsilano to source all your ski, snowboard, and snowshoeing gear:
This large, if often empty store for everything outdoors has excellent customer service and frequent sales. Find McKinley snowshoes on sale right now for $89.99 (includes free trekking poles).
Atmosphere, 1625 Chestnut Street, (604) 731-6181, Atmosphere.ca
2. The North Face Store Kitsilano
Find cold-evading jackets here, a good selection for tots too (currently on sale), plus durable backpacks, waterproof boots, and tents for winter camping.
The North Face Store Kitsilano, 2136 West 4th Avenue, (604) 677-6269, Thenorthfacestore.ca
3. Comor Sports
Open since the 70s, Comor Sports’ staff are experts in outdoor gear. They have up to 40% off 2013 ski gear at the moment, and a wide selection of the latest 2014 snowboards and boots in stock.
Comor Sports, 1980 Burrard Street, (604) 736-7547, Comorsports.com
4. Pacific Boarder
With the largest snowboard wall in Vancouver, Pacific Boarder is the place for riders. Check out their sale including 30% off jackets, snowboard pants, gloves, mittens, and backpacks going on right now.
Pacific Boarder, 1793 West 4th Avenue, (604) 734-7245, Pacificboarder.com
5. The Boardroom
Just like the others on this iconic sports shop block, The Boardroom has been around for a few decades. Go to The Boardroom Clearance right next door for some great deals. They also have tuning and repair for your gear on site.
The Boardroom, 1745 West 4th Avenue, (604) 734-7669, Boardroomshop.com
6. West Coast Sports
These guys have the usual gear for the slopes for sale. You can also rent a package that includes skis/snowboard and boots for $30/day.
West Coast Sports, 1675 West 4th Avenue, (604) 732-4810, Westcoastsports.ca
7. Sigge’s Sports Villa
Founded in 1971, Sigge’s is a family owned and operated specialty cross-country ski store which is open seasonally from September 1 to April 30.
2077 West 4th Avenue, (604) 731-8818, Sigges.com
Looking for used gear? Try the annual Snow Fest Snow Swap at MEC on November 23. Gear fiends haggle over used equipment at dizzying rates.
Last modified: January 22, 2017