Though the business still bears his mother's name, today it's Marty's son, Chip, who preaches the good news of outdoor and extreme sports at Marty's Ski and Board Shop. Like every lynx born on the side of a mountain, Chip has a natural love of skiiing and snowboarding, and he pours his three decades of outdoor experience into his work. Under his guidance, the crew at Marty's equips athletes with technology and gear from brands including Arbor, Rossignol, Dynastar, and Armata to blaze frozen trails and otherwise explore the great outdoors. In addition to its slew of retail skis and boards, winter-sports clothing, and biking apparel, the staff sharpens skis and tunes-up bicycles to keep shredders shredding and cyclists from becoming accidental unicyclists.
On a climate-controlled indoor field, teammates covertly relay their group's signal for a surprise attack to one another. Swiftly, the group emerges from behind inflatable red pillars and obstacles and sprints across the turf floor releasing a barrage of colorful paintballs at the opposing team, who thought they were safe for the moment behind triangular barriers. As the colors fly, the scenes play itself out as it has many times at Paintball Addicts, where players take part in fast-paced battles of strategy, timing, and teamwork. Considering safety the most important factor in keeping things fun, trained referees supervise all matches and brief paintball teams before each match on the facility's safety rules and techniques. The paint-splattered arena also boasts a shop where gamers can pick up all the gear they need, as well as spectator areas where friends and family can take in all the action without being transformed into living pointillist paintings.
At Level Nine Sports' new, eco-friendly, 12,000-square-foot store, knowledgeable staffers outfit snow walkers of all skills with gear by brands such as Atomic, Salomon, and Under Armour. Keep noggins intact while sliding down the slopes or head butting yetis with a black Lucky Bums helmet, or slip on adult wide-framed Scott Strike goggles ($29), which boast chrome amplifier lenses with rose-tinting inside. Renowned Rossignol 2012 S7 twin-tip powder skis ($699) send male and female skiers flying down powdered mountains, carving the snow into ribbons and marriage proposals. Level Nine Sports also assists novice riders in sizing and gear education.
When Louis Manwaring purchased Guthrie Bicycle Co. in 1926, the shop had already been manufacturing cycles for almost four decades. Now, as penny farthings have made way for mountain bikes and cruisers, Guthrie Bicycle continues to stand as one of the oldest bicycle shops in the United States.
Each day at Guthrie Bicycle, Manwaring’s own great-grandson, Richard Goddard, leads the shop crew as they service all brands of bicycles and outfit riders from a stock of thousands of parts, wheels, tires, tubes, and helmets. In addition to complete overhauls and repairs, the team administers bike fittings to determine your ideal riding position.
The six-man team of bike mechanics at Revolution Mountain Sports combine their 70 years of avid cycling experience?a lifetime's worth of rumbling over Utah's mountain trails and burning asphalt during road races. Considering all their pebble-kicking, mud-spraying, and tread-wearing experience, dealing with mechanical issues is more or less a breeze for this hard-pedaling group. They handle all makes and models but specialize in road and mountain bikes, which typically require the highest level of maintenance work skill aside from bikes that are actually just two unicycles lashed together with twine. Bikes in need of anything from a basic wheel truing to a professional overhaul get back on the roads and trails lickety-split. Bike owners can even learn a thing or two about bike maintenance so they don't have to come back any time soon.
Fishwest Fly Shop prepares shoppers for successful fly-fishing forays with its impressive selection of equipment and accessories. Rods, reels, and lines by brands such as Cortland and Hardy line the shelves, along with a vast collection of colorful flies for enticing even the pickiest fish. Wading gear, outerwear, and eyewear protect anglers from the ravages of nature, and fly boxes and gear bags keep all equipment neatly partitioned. The shop also offers weekly classes in fly-casting techniques, allowing students to hone skills without the threat of popping the neighbor's homemade blimp with an errant hook.