Best of the Boat: Ski Haus wins best ski shop |

Best of the Boat: Ski Haus wins best ski shop

Skis toe please: A sampling of the Ski Haus line-up.
Ben Ingersoll

— It’s all in the experience when you walk into the Ski Haus basement in midwinter.

Whether you’re coming from out of town looking to rent skis for the weekend or you’re a three-decade mainstay in the valley in need of a tune, the Ski Haus staff has the experience to get you on the slopes in style, whether they’re in-bounds or in the backcountry.

“I’ve been working here for 23 years, and I don’t even have the most tenure,” employee Todd Fellows says. “The average staff is 10-plus years. We don’t have a bunch of rookies hired off the street.” Indeed, many of its up to 70 year-round employees have been there more than 30 years. Michael Paul, the store’s longest-running employee, has been there a whopping 43.

Independently owned and operated in Steamboat since 1969, the shop carries everything needed to equip you for all conditions on the mountain, including touring and backcountry skis, cross-country set-ups and all Nordic and Alpine equipment. “Plus, any kind of powder skis you could imagine,” Fellows adds.

It also shines in tunes, thanks to a staff of experts as well as a new infrared Montana WaxFuture machine and Montana Crystal R tuner, one of only a handful in the entire country. “We tune for all sorts racers in town — Nordic, Alpine and snowboarding — including special tunes for the Winter Sports Club,” shop manager Gary Dickerson says.

Even when the snow isn’t falling, Ski Haus keeps its ski stash across the street in the Attic, offering screaming sales all year, including its annual October Super Sale, now in its 45th year. You also can score deals on your birthday, with a discount percentage equal to your age, capping out at 40.

To reach Ben Ingersoll, call 970-871-4204, email or follow him on Twitter @BenMIngersoll

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