North Shore Ski and Board, a Vancouver business for more than 30 years, equips its customers with apparel and accessories for adults' and children's water and snow pursuits. Keep safe from the sun's rays by donning a "Kinda Shady" women's sun hat from Roxy ($30) or sunglasses from Ryders or Scin brands ($19.99–$29.99). Underneath sportsmanlike duds such as a Billabong Paris rash guard tee ($29.95), don a pair of flashy and comfortable undies from Björn Borg ($19.99–$34.99) that keep everything in its right place. Feet learn to breathe without the need for above-water snorkels in Havaianas classic flip-flops ($20), or jump into a pair of comfy Vans slip-on shoes ($39.99). During the winter months, patrons can ask their snowman butlers to bring their skis or snowboards in to North Shore Ski and Board for maintenance services.
Nestled a snowball’s throw from the Whistler Blackcomb Ski Resort, Affinity Rentals’ Pan Pacific Mountainside location outfits guests with the gear they need to carve their way down the slopes in style. The alpine emporium offers equipment for skiers and snowboarders of all abilities, and its expert staff can pair guests with the equipment they need to bounce through moguls, barrel through knee-deep powder, or speed away from possessed snowmobiles. Trusted brands such as Salomon, Volkl, and Rossignol headline their selection of skis, which share the floor with snowboards from top makers such as Nitro, Ride, and Option.
Within a 2,000-square-foot shop, Backdrop Sports maintains and sells equipment that can turn the area’s roads and backcountry into outdoor playgrounds. Ready to fix up rides that tackle snow, dirt, or asphalt, the crew of experienced technicians performs tune-ups that help to renew skis and snowboards and improve gear performance. Leaving no detail untouched, they tune skis and snowboards by hand, waxing and grinding bases before giving each board a much-needed hug. Paying similar attention to bicycles, mechanics tighten, adjust, and lubricate everything bikes need to operate smoothly on challenging trails. The staff also can build custom bikes, cut new splitboards, and help customers navigate the store's stock of men’s and women’s apparel, mountain bikes, and snowboards.
With two locations in Downtown Vancouver, EzeeRiders outfits visitors for journeys around the city's most popular areas. At the Robson Street location just outside Stanley Park, a fleet of cruisers, electric bikes, and tandem bikes stands ready to hit the trails. The Seawall location outside Gastown adds to the selection with electric bikes and mobility scooters that facilitate trips to the shopping district or to scenic Lost Lagoon. When snowboarding season gets into gear, the shop also rents equipment for shredding down nearby Cypress Mountain Ski Area, which most people say is far more fun than trying to mountain bike down the pass.
Since 1964, the instructors at Ski Masters have been showing snowboarders how to shred down the mountain with finesse. Kids as young as three can strap on a snowboard with their parents and enjoy a weekend parent-and-child class, while adults can enroll in 7-class sessions to learn to snowboard, advance their skills, or figure out how to look like a guy in a movie who knows how to snowboard. A variety of other lessons for children, teens, and adults are also available.