Best of Boston

1997 Best Ski Shop

Bob Smith Sporting Goods

Just because it’s not the biggest doesn’t mean it’s not the best. Anyone who shells out $1,000 for skis, boots, poles, and the attendant paraphernalia might want to come back for adjustments or advice—and at Bob Smith you can. The helpful salespeople won’t give you the hard sell, but will listen attentively when you describe your skiing needs and what type of skier you are.

9 Spring Lane, Boston, 617-426-4440,