Essential pieces of sports gear for winter in Edmonton

Winter can be rough for some of us in Edmonton. But for those who enjoy winter sports, it’s a joyous time of year that should be spent outdoors as much as possible. Any winter sport fanatic will get a ton of use out of the accessories available at these stores for the most wonderfully cold time of the year.

Fritz Ski Haus

1
9423 98 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T6C 2C8

If you’re looking for quality ski gear, including custom fitted insoles, skis and boots, you’ll find it at this specialty shop. They carry skis from brands such as Volkl, Fischer and Blizzard; boots from Fischer, Tecnica and Dalbello; and outdoor clothing from Marker and Volkl. Bonus: They also service skis and snowboards, so you can check out new gear while getting a tune-up.

Cabela's

2
6150 Currents Dr NW, Edmonton, AB T6W 0L7

More than just a camping and hunting store, Cabela’s sells outerwear for men and women for when the mercury plummets. They stock everything from vests and parkas to snowsuits, winter boots and lined coveralls – and it’s all available in camouflage colours, of course. If you want the mother of all winter jackets, try their Gore-Tex MT050 extreme weather 7-in-1 parka.

Skate Tech Ltd

3
16972 111 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T5M 4C9

This store offers equipment for hockey and ringette players and figure skaters. They stock every piece of hockey gear and apparel possible, including skates, sticks, gloves, face shields, pads, pants and helmets. For ringette players, the stores has the full lines of RingJet and Stinger sticks, Mospro and Pro pants and Jerrand and D&R girdles. They carry men’s and women’s figure skates for youth and adults, plus boots, blades and apparel. They also do custom skate fitting and sharpening.

Campers Village Inc

4
10951 170 St NW, Edmonton, AB T5P 4V6

The gear at Campers Village isn’t limited to just camping – or to one season. They also stock equipment for winter sports, such as snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. You’ll find boots, poles, wax, bindings and other accessories. The store carries numerous quality brands, including Salomon, Fischer, Rossignol, MSR, Atlas and Swix. They also sell winter outerwear for women, men and kids, including jackets, hoodies and pants ideal for spending a chilly afternoon outdoors.

Fast Trax Run & Ski Shop

5
7326 101 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T6A 0J2

This store loves skiers and runners equally, with a wide variety of equipment for both sports. They sell winter running shoes, for those who prefer the great outdoors to a treadmill no matter the temperature outside, as well as running clothing for chilly days. The ski side of the shop is full of fitness, sport and performance skis for juniors and adults. They carry ski equipment from many quality brands, including Salomon, Alpina, Madshus, Swix and Craft.

Center Point Performance

6
49510 Range Road 262, Leduc County, AB T9G 0E6

They sell a variety of accessories to help you enjoy your day outside. For any winter sport that requires a sweet pair of goggles (skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling, et cetera), there are definitely a few great eyewear options out there. But, the 509 snow goggles have fog-free technology built in, resulting in better vision at all times. The brand is known for its high-tech goggles, and features such as oversized, removable nose masks, triple layered, moisture wicking foam and oversized spherical snow lens.

Mountain Equipment Co-op

7
11904 104 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T5K 0G6

This massive store sells equipment for all kinds of winter sports, including snow shoeing. Try the MSR Evo 22 Snowshoes, a pair of unisex snowshoes give you traction in even the toughest of terrain. They look nothing like your grandparents’ snowshoes – they are sleek, the decks are made from unibody polypropylene, meaning they won’t absorb moisture from the snow and ice. The duofit binding system works with all kinds of footwear and are freeze resistant. Best of all, they aren’t too heavy or clunky – they clock in at 1.56 kg.

Skate Tech Ltd

8
9212 51 Ave Nw, Edmonton, AB T6E 5L8

They can sell you the skates that are just right for you. One of the most popular pairs is the Gam 37 Zenith ladies figure skates. These awesome skates are ideal for advanced beginner skaters. They offer medium support and are heat mouldable to get that perfect fit. Whether you’re planning your annual skate-once-around-a-rink-then-crash-into-the-boards mishap or get out on the ice as often as possible, these beauties will keep you looking sharp.

United Cycle

9
7620 Gateway Blvd Nw, Edmonton, AB T6E 4Z8

This store has so much great stuff for outdoor and winter sports enthusiasts. If lacrosse is your winter sport of choice, you’ll want the best gear out there. That’s the Lacrosse STX Surgeon, which has all climate performance technology, meaning the head of the scoop retains its shape and form no matter how cold it is. Plus, the scoop is extremely stiff and pointed, resulting in better aim and faster release. The multiple stringing holes give you plenty of stringing options. And, the shape of the throat will allow you to keep better control while cradling. Score!

Sundance Ski and Board Shop

10
4745 Gateway Boulevard, Edmonton, AB T6H 5C3

Not only do they sell skis, they also sell helmets and goggles to use on the slopes. Protect your noggin while making some sweet winter memories with the Giro Edit. This awesome helmet is designed to easily fit a GoPro camera for those days when you want to record your ski hill or mountainside shenanigans. The Edit is the lightest full feature helmet you can get from Giro. The outer shell of the helmet is made from polycarbonate but the inside foam liner is guaranteed to absorb impact.

Whether you’re shopping for a wee babe or yourself, is there anything cozier than a onesie? Perfect for camping trips or hanging out at home on the couch (or in the crib),onesies are versatile and comfy – plus, is there anything a baby looks cuter in? These stores sell the most adorable onesies on the market. [Image credit: iStock.com/martinedoucet]
Kombucha tea, a slightly bubbly fermented drink made with a green or black tea base, is a sweet but healthy alternative to pop. Makers claim it can aid in digestive health, plus it just tastes fantastic. Often made from organic, raw ingredients, kombucha teas have exploded in popularity in the past decade. These Edmonton shops carry a variety of brands, including some Canuck favourites.
Linens may seem like a boring thing to purchase, but, if you search the right shops, you can find the most plush, decadent bath towels and pretty kitchen linens you’ll ever see. Having high quality bath towels is essential for a happy life and lovely kitchen linens – well, that just makes your kitchen all the more beautiful and fun.
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