7 places to shop for ski gear in Boston

Buying online isn't always a smart move for ski equipment.

A skier at Wachusett Mountain hits a rail in the terrain park.
A skier at Wachusett Mountain hits a rail in the terrain park. –Wachusett photo.

Though ski and snowboard season has begun across New England, the pursuit of new gear continues even after the holidays. Whether it’s an emergency buy or the usage of a leftover gift card, Boston holds a fairly diverse array of options for both new and used equipment.

While online shopping provides a perfectly viable (and sometimes preferable) route, looking at gear in person remains a tried and tested method. Especially when shopping for specific items such as ski or snowboard boots, it’s a prudent choice to buy only after you’ve physically tried everything on for size.

For general outdoor gear, Eastern Mountain Sports and REI (Retail Equipment, Inc.) provide safe bets. For those looking to get custom skis of the highest caliber, Parlor Skis in East Boston is top notch. Wicked Sharp Ski & Sports offers a solid array of used gear, while Patagonia’s Boston store showcases a trusted industry name. And for a little bit of everything, check out North River Outfitter and The Ski Monster.


With that in mind, here’s a quick list of options for Boston shoppers:

Eastern Mountain Sports: 1041 Commonwealth Avenue

North River Outfitter, 122 Charles Street

Parlor Skis: 175 William F McClellan Highway

Patagonia Boston, 346 Newbury Street

REI: 401 Park Drive, Suite 103

The Ski Monster: 60 Canal Street

Wicked Sharp Ski & Sports: 1898 Centre Street

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