By Gabby Davis
Even though there are only two places in Indiana to go skiing or snowboarding, or participating in any kind of snow sports, that doesn’t mean we don’t offer a variety of stores to buy your equipment from! Whether you are headed to the slopes for Christmas or visiting your local park, you’re going to need the best ski and snowboarding equipment. Check out these seven best ski and snowboard stores in Indiana today!
Sun Valley Sports is the place to go in Indianapolis for all your outdoor sport’s needs, specifically skiing and snowboarding. They offer custom boot fitting because boots are the most important piece of equipment one can have when snowboarding or skiing, and they guarantee the boot fit. They also assist customers in finding the perfect skis as well. When it comes to snowboards, Sun Valley has one of the largest selections in the country, and everything is given the “seal of approval” before being sold. Be sure to check out their Junior Trade-in program as well!
The Ski Pole is the best place in Fort Wayne, Indiana, to buy snow equipment. Family owned and operated since 1976, this store prides itself on providing exceptional customer service and incredible products. The Ski Pole offers a wide assortment of products, from Volkl skis and Burton snowboards, in addition to stylish and warm apparel. You can also purchase boot bags, board bags, ski racks and bags, as well as wax and waxing equipment. The store also offers custom boot fittings and ski and snowboard prep to make sure your equipment is ready for the slopes!
The Ski Train Depot in Lawrenceburg, Indiana, has been providing Hoosiers with the best of the best since 1996. Offering new and used ski/snowboard equipment, this is the place to go. The customer service is amazing, and the staff is extremely knowledgeable. The shop offers custom boot fittings and expert advice based on individual needs. They also offer a trade-in program, daily rentals, tune-ups, and the junior program, in which you can exchange the original purchased skis for half the cost. Before you leave, be sure to say hello to Mocha, the resident shop dog!
If you should ever find yourself headed for the slopes up at Paoli Peaks and you’re without equipment, be sure to visit the Paoli Pro Shop, located inside of the resort. The shop is over 3,000 square-feet and offers great pricing on a variety of skis, snowboards, boots, bindings, clothing, and accessories. The shop also has a full-service shop with techs on duty for tune-ups, repairs, and maintenance. They also offer a “try before you buy” rental/demo program, and make sure that each piece of equipment you purchase fits to your exact measurements.
REI is the place to go in Indiana for all outdoor needs! Whether it’s downhill skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, or backcountry skiing, REI has everything you need. They also have a wide selection of Avalanche Safety Gear, which is a must have when out on the slopes – including an airbag pack. Arc’teryx Voltair avalanche airbag is the pack to have when out on the slopes and there is a risk of avalanches. The airbag helps to keep you above the surface or just under it so you’re more easily able to escape or be found.
Another great place in Indiana to buy ski and snowboarding equipment is the Loft Shop, located inside of the Perfect North Slopes Ski Resort. The store carries a wide selection of skis, snowboards, bindings, boots, jackets, gloves, helmets… everything you need for the perfect day on the slopes! Inside you will also find the Tuning Shop, which offers binding work, ski/snowboard tuning, waxes, and other miscellaneous services. No matter your outdoor needs, the Loft Shop has it all!
For over 40 years, Outpost Sports has made it their business to outfit northern Indiana and Michigan with the best of the best. The goal of Outpost Sports is to sell the highest quality product for different outdoor sports, including snowboarding and skiing. Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned expert, the staff here at Outpost Sports provide amazing customer service. Everyone is fitted for their sport, including equipment, goals, ability level, how often and where you intend to enjoy the outdoors! One of the other great things about Outpost is that they have a “give back” mentality, partnering with organizations such as Camp Eberhart, Junior Achievement, Bike Michiana for Hospice, and the Boy Scouts of America.