It’s been about a year, time to bring this post back to the top for your autumn shopping season!
This thread should be about the shops that all of you, our esteemed WildSnow readers, have EXPERIENCED to be good. Please keep most comments as those of customers.
Shop owners, industry reps and employees, go ahead and post occasionally, but identify yourselves and please don’t use this comment thread for free advertising. This is intended to be an honest assessment by your customers and potential customers. We have one of our favorite shops advertising here to help pay for our work and expenses in keeping WildSnow going.
Also, everyone, if you see any backcountry skiing oriented shops suggested that no longer exist or have become lame, let me know.
I’ll admit we’ve bashed ski shops now and then here, but with good reason, as I hear seemingly endless stories of botched shop work and poor customer service. Nonetheless, GOOD SKI SHOPS EXIST and here is the place to list them.
We’re talking ski touring shops that can handle things such as mounting Dynafit bindings and remembering the brake retainer clip, or repairing a stripped screw hole, or giving you solid real advice about what ski/binding/boot combo would work for your planned style. Mainly, we’re talking shops where you can simply go with confidence for any need in backcountry skiing, and shops that if they do mess up (no one is perfect), own their flubs and make them right without you having to contact WildSnow to try and figure things out.
(For the record, this post first published August 2010)