By Trent Jonas
Minnesota is a state blessed with plenty of snow, making winter sports a favorite among its locals. This winter, if you’re looking to strap on a pair of skis or hop on a snowboard, make sure you’re prepared! From boots and pants to goggles and gloves, check out the very best ski and snowboard stores in Minnesota so you can hit the slopes safely and in style.
Hoigaard’s has been supplying Minnesotans with ski and other winter equipment since 1895—the century before last! So clearly, when it comes to hitting the slopes, you’re not likely to find a retailer with more outfitting experience. Alpine, Nordic, snowboarding or even snowshoes—if you want to get out on the snow, Hoigaard’s has got your back.
The Ski Hut has been on the same street corner in Duluth since 1955. Not only can they outfit you with any of your skiing, snowboarding, or winter apparel needs, they are also at the center of Duluth’s skiing community. So, whether you’re heading for Lutsen or Lester Park, stop into the Ski Hut for a tuneup or any gear that you may need.
Joe’s looks like a big box store, but they’re really just a beloved local outdoor store that is so good at what they do, they’ve been able to grow—with the support of a loyal customer base. And one of the reasons they’ve been so successful is their ski shop. Stop in to chat with one of their experienced specialists for any ski/snowboarding advice or gear you may need.
Whether your home slope is Welch or Coffee Mill, you can get whatever you need to ride it right at Tyrol Ski & Sports in Rochester—the premier ski and board shop in Southeast Minnesota. In business since 1965, Tyrol can also help you out with Nordic skis or snowshoes to enjoy the many gorgeous trails in Minnesota’s Bluff Country.
When it comes to Nordic skiing, ski-skating, or telemark gear, you can’t do much better in Minnesota than Midwest Mountaineering. Widely known for their knowledgeable and experienced staff, they’ll have whatever you need to get our on the snow and enjoy all that winter has to offer in Minnesota.
With its downtown Stillwater store, 45 Degrees is located within half an hour of three top ski areas and five state parks. If you want to get out on the snow and enjoy the miles of trails and runs in the St. Croix River Valley, stop into 45 Degrees for the gear you’ll need. They even have rentals if you’re just in the area for a day or two.
If you’re a serious skier—like a really serious skier—Pierce Skate and Ski is the shop for you. They specialize in testing, fitting, and tuning skis for maximum performance—all customized to your own feet and style. They work with all the state’s top athletes (Lindsey Vonn got her start here), coaches, and instructors to make sure their equipment performs at the highest levels.
Snow enthusiasts in Mankato know that the place to go for snowsports equipment in Mankato—whether skiing, snowboarding, or fat tire mountain biking—is Flying Penguin Outdoor Sports. They sponsor and get involved in local races, events, and fundraisers and do all they can to promote the local hill, Mount Kato.
Continental Ski & Bike carries all the winter gear you’ll need to get out onto the slopes and trails of the North Land. Whether you’re a downhill skier, a cross country enthusiast, or prefer both feet strapped securely to a board, you’ll find all the gear and advice you’ll need to enjoy winter on the North Shore at Continental Ski & Bike.
Hi Temp Snowsports & Watersports has been an East Metro fixture for four decades. Their experts can help set you up and fit you with top-quality skis and snowboards. Even better, if you have kids who are snow enthusiasts, their lease programs will help you keep up without having to buy new boards, skis, boots, and poles to keep up with the inches they put on every year.