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9 Best Ski and Snowboard Stores in Illinois

By April Dowling

9 Best Ski and Snowboard Stores in Illinois

Although it may not be as mountainous as other areas of the United States, Illinois is home to several top-notch ski and snowboard shops to make your next skiing expedition perfect! Beginner to advanced skiers can appreciate the product selections, professional services, and excellent customer service from the following shops. For the best in ski and snowboarding gear and expert advice, check out these awesome local stores in Illinois. 

1. Viking Ski Shop, Barrington and Chicago, IL

This full-service snowboard and ski shop is one of the few to receive recognition from Snow Industries America. Viking Ski Shop has been in business for over 50 years, providing excellent customer service and a wide selection of quality products. They also offer services such as custom boot fitting, expert tunings, and much more. 

2. Alpine Accessories, Lake in the Hills, IL

If you want expert advice, look no further than Alpine Accessories. The owner has decades of experience with ski, snowboard, and other snow sports equipment. So whether you just need your board tuned or custom ski boot fitting, you’ll be in good hands at this shop.

3. Alpine Shop, O'Fallon, IL

Aline Shop is known for the high-quality gear and unsurpassed customer service. They offer a great selection of skis and snowboards, with staff members willing to help anytime without pressuring you to purchase. They provide honest suggestions and provide a pleasant shopping experience. 

4. Crystal Lake Ski & Bike, Crystal Lake, IL

This shop specializes in cross-country ski and bike equipment and services. They offer rentals and helpful assistance for all your questions. Customers appreciate the non-salesy atmosphere, competitive prices, and accommodating customer service. No upselling here, just a helpful environment. 

5. Shred Shop, Skokie, IL

Known as the largest snowboard shop in the Midwest, Shred Shop is a must-visit if you’re in Skokie. The staff members are super helpful and very knowledgeable on boards, plus willing to answer any questions. They also offer a fantastic selection of boards, so plan on spending at least an hour here. 

6. King Keyser, Hinsdale, IL

Opening its doors in 1952 in a suburb of Chicago, King Keyser is the oldest ski and snowboard shop in the city. Whether you're looking for sizing for your equipment or tuning for your board or skis, the folks at King Keyser are true experts in the industry. Find all kinds of gear and accessories, ranging from high-quality Burton gloves to cozy North Face jackets. The shop also does ski and snowboard rentals, whether you just need it for the day or the whole season.  

7. Windward 82, Chicago, IL

Windward 82 may be the coolest snowboard shop on this list. The store looks very hip and has a comfortable, laid-back vibe. The board selection is also impressive, and customers rave about the staff. They’ll let you try out the boards even if you aren’t planning on buying. 

8. Winter Globe Sports, Chicago, IL

If you’re looking for a great selection of reasonably priced ski gear, look no further than Winter Globe Sports. The staff here is also extremely accommodating and very knowledgeable on the products. Plus, their full tune-ups are serviced very well and highly recommended by patrons. 

9. Scandinavian Ski and Snowboard Shop, Glenview, IL

You’ll find a wide variety of name-brand ski equipment and accessories at Scandinavian Ski Shop. Their prices are slightly higher than other shops, but you can still pick up high-quality equipment here. However, customers have noted difficulties returning items on occasion. 

As local communities continue to update Covid-19 regulations, local destinations for outdoor recreation may be closed. Please visit official websites for the latest information.

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