Get your winter gear at these Calgary snow sport spots

With its proximity to Rocky Mountain ski hills, it’s easy to find excellent winter recreational equipment at Calgary’s many outdoor shops. Here’s a sample of the best spots at which to get your gear.

Ski Cellar Snowboard

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11 Bowridge Dr NW, Calgary, AB T3B 3R6

Suitably located just off the Trans Canada across from Canada Olympic Park as well as on Macleod Trail and on 17th Avenue Southwest, Ski Cellar Snowboard carries a small mountain of alpine recreational gear to get you suited and booted, goggled and helmeted. Oh yeah, and you’ll need skis and/or a board, and there are plenty to choose from. Also have your old equipment serviced prior to hitting the hills.

Less 17

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930 17 Avenue SW, Calgary, AB T2T 0A2

A skateboard-snowboard superstore with two city locations, The Source carries an A to Z selection of snowboarding equipment. You’ve got your boards, boots and bindings in all the top names, but also all the requisite outerwear, headgear and board-branded street clothes.

Mountain Equipment Co-Op

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830-10th Avenue SW, Calgary, AB T2R 0A9

A veritable outdoor department store, MEC carries plenty of winter recreational gear. Backcountry skiing is growing in popularity, and the store has the sturdy gear the sport requires. Also find several styles of cross-country ski, with all the attendant boots, bindings and poles. Also gaining in popularity: snowshoes.

Campers Village

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7208 MacLeod Trail SE, Calgary, AB T2H 0L9

This Macleod Trail Southeast outdoor supply store carries a wide array of cross-country skis, bindings, boots and poles as well as waxes and waxing accessories. Making plans to visit the backcountry? Alpine safety gear includes electronic avalanche beacons, shovels and snow probes. Also find a serious selection of snowshoes.

Atmosphere

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817-10 Avenue SW, Calgary, AB T2R 0B4

One of three Calgary locations, Atmosphere on 10th Avenue Southwest opposite MEC carries brand-name outdoor gear by all the biggest names, but the focus is clothing and footwear. Find outdoor winter garb for men and women from shoes and boots by Keen, Merrell and The North face to jackets by McKinley, Columbia and Mountain Hardwear.

Patagonia Calgary

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135 8 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2P 1B4

Downtown on Stephen Avenue Walk, Patagonia is attractively situated on the main floor of the ancient Alberta Hotel Building. For winter, find stylish house-brand clothes and outerwear, socks, toques and footwear. Practical cold-weather threads include Patagonia parkas, down jackets, vests and sweater fleeces.

With eating local being the biggest restaurant food trend ever, home cooks have turned to the city’s butcher shops to supply cuts of Alberta beef, pork, lamb, chicken and game for their own cuisine adventures. A number of excellent meat boutiques carry a wide variety of cuts, locally produced and otherwise.
Generally following a mantra of “made, baked or grown in Alberta,” Calgary farmers’ markets transform shopping and grocery getting into an adventure. As well as specialty foods, endless kiosks and counters carry locally produced arts, crafts, clothing and accessories plus an array of natural health products.
Sweet and universally loved, chocolate is one treat we can all agree on. Lucky for you, Calgary’s chocolate boutiques carry a huge variety of premium selections.
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