By Brad Lane
The winter is upon us, and hopefully with the dropping temperatures comes some big snow. If you are looking for the right equipment to enjoy the snow this winter in Iowa, you are in luck, because spread throughout the state, there are some great local ski and snowboard shops that can set you up right. Whether you opt for the downhill ride or cross-country glide, you’ll find everything you need at these seven best ski and snowboard shops in Iowa.
Offering activities and equipment throughout the year, Geoff’s Bike and Ski shop in Iowa City is one of Iowa’s top, local sporting stores in the state. Throughout the year you can find road, mountain and fat bikes at Geoff’s, and come winter, the skis, snowboards and winter accessories seem to dominate the shelf. Including such top-name brands as Burton, Salomon, Fischer, and Atomic, Geoff’s Bike and Ski has you covered for all of your manual snow sport needs.
The seasons change in Iowa, as does the inventory of Wayne’s Ski & Cycle in Mason City. Offering bikes, exercise equipment, hockey gear and outdoor furniture throughout the year, come winter, this locally owned and operated sporting goods store busts out the skis. Besides the stacked inventory of skis and skiing apparel, Wayne’s Ski & Cycle provides other services such as ski waxing, cross-country ski rentals, and perhaps some insider knowledge on the best places around to make some tracks.
Specializing in cycling, skiing, and fitness equipment, Free Flight in Dubuque is a relatively new outdoor gear and equipment shop in Iowa, and they are quickly becoming the number one spot for every season in Iowa. Come winter, Free Flight has everything you need to hit the slopes and cross country all winter long. Skis, boots, bindings, and poles are a good start at Free Flight, followed by helmets, clothing, and car racks, Free Flight has everything you need to celebrate winter right.
This winter, Europa Cycle in Cedar Falls encourages you to go out and play. They make it easy to do that too, with a full line of skis, fat bikes, and the service you need to ride the entire winter away. Europa Cycle focuses solely on cross-country skiing, which means if you are looking to go downhill, you will need to look elsewhere. If you are the kind who can’t get enough glide in your day though, the cross-country ski selection at Europa Cycle is one of the best in Iowa.
Featuring everything you need to ski and more, Active Endeavors is a great place to get set up for everything needed to enjoy some winter sports. Hats, gloves, base layers, technical jackets and wool socks, Active Endeavors has you covered there. Car racks, goggles, hand-warmers and hydration backpacks, Active Endeavors also has your back. Not to mention the many different cross-country skis, snowboards and snowshoes available, and it’s easy to see, Active Endeavors is there for you this winter.
With three locations across Iowa, including Cedar Rapids, Iowa City and Clive, Play It Again Sports is a chain retail store that specializes in quality used sports gear that they buy from consumers and resell in their store. That means, whatever you are looking for in Iowa, whether it be fitness equipment, sports equipment or snow equipment, you can always find it for a better price at Play It Again Sports. This includes all skis, snowboards and accessories every winter in Iowa.
Specializing as a nation-wide sporting goods store for adventures, the only REI in Iowa, the REI in West Des Moines, has one of the most comprehensive stocks of skis and snowboards in Iowa. Featuring every type of manual-powered winter sport you can have in Iowa and well beyond, including cross-country, downhill and backcountry skiing, as well as snowboarding, snowshoeing and all the attire you need to stay warm, REI is a great spot to go for a big selection.