Best of Boston

2003 Best Ski Shop

Bob Smith’s Wilderness House

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, thanks to a staff that actually skis—a major plus, considering the impressive and serious selection of K2s, Völkls, and Salomons. Lest we forget the agony of suffering through a season in the wrong boot size (usually too large, he says), custom boot fitter Dave Prahl is on call to save us from ourselves, expertly assessing fit and alignment.

1048 Commonwealth Ave., Boston, 617-277-5858,