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2013 BEST Ski Shop

East Coast Alpine

Boston

East Coast Alpine boasts the broadest inventory of winter toys in the area, encompassing top brands (Völkl, Atomic, Ride, Mountain Hardware) and the latest technology. Rent skis and snowboards for your kids; snag new boots, poles, and helmets; or bring… read more»

2012 BEST Ski Shop

East Coast Alpine

Boston

Powderhounds, rejoice: Suiting up for winter sports is as easy at East Coast Alpine as making turns in rockered skis. And while the gear’s great, we also swing by for the knowledge—the crew is brimming with tips on New England’s… read more»

2011 BEST Ski Shop

East Coast Alpine

Boston

East Coast Alpine, which made its Boston debut last fall, carries a truly comprehensive array of top-name snow-carving equipment, clothing, and accessories. Staffers, meanwhile, are adept at customizing your purchase to your skill level, ensuring that you leave perfectly primed… read more»

2004 BEST Ski Shop

Bob Smith’s Wilderness House

Boston

For many Bostonians, summer is a savored moment wedged between the brutal bookends of the New England winter. For skiers, it’s an interruption. They’re already dreaming of the first snowstorm. Bob Smith’s Wilderness House caters to these people—novices and experts… read more»

2003 BEST Ski Shop

Bob Smith’s Wilderness House

Boston

The Boston alpinist’s Valhalla sells all the gear you’ll need to get down the hill—and look damned good doing it. Bob Smith’s stock of sticks is on a par with that of other ski shops, but the service is unparalleled,… read more»

2002 BEST Ski Shop

Bob Smith’s Wilderness House

Boston

First things first: If you’re still skiing on old-fashioned straight skis, you should be ashamed of yourself. Skiing has changed dramatically in the past 10 years, thanks to improvements in equipment. Shorter, curved skis can make first-timers look like Picabo… read more»

2001 BEST Ski Shop

Boston Ski Market

Boston

With easily the most extensive and high-quality selection of gear in town, this enormous store hasn’t just cornered the Boston ski market, it is the Boston ski market. It’s got everything a powder hound could ask for, including the latest… read more»

1999 BEST Ski Shop

Ski Haus

Wilmington

When you’re looking for the deals on gear, the most helpful staff, and the widest array of clothes, you have to go a few miles out of town. That’s because Ski Haus, on Route 129, is the black diamond of… read more»