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.
From its historic downtown location, Salt Lake City Bicycle has offered premium bicycle products and customer service. With this deal, one of Salt Lake City Bicycle's pedal-propelled experts will administer a 1–1.5-hour professional bicycle fitting, adjusting two-wheel transports to fit their owners like a body-shaped glove. The session includes cleat installation and placement, saddle-height and setback adjustment, and reach and handlebar-height adjustment. After the fitting, Salt Lake City Bicycle's pedal connoisseurs will troubleshoot the bike for any problems, from low tire pressure to sparrows building a nest in the bike basket.
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.
Marine Products is a purveyor of wakeboards, water skis, boating equipment, and all the apparel and accessories required for stylish water sporting. Board shorts from brands including Billabong and O'Neill ($41.99–$62.00) look best balancing atop a wakeboard ($240–$1,000) or dearly holding onto a Hornet Tube ($75). To ensure safety, supply life vests for valuable family members ($25–$135), priceless family pets ($29.99), and laminated issues of Tiger Beat. Brands including Liquid Force, Ronix, Byerly, and Oakley make puppy eyes at patrons, while an experienced and knowledgeable staff of wake lovers and water otters stands at the ready to provide individual assistance.
Bodeen Ski and Sport's trained and certified staff of seasoned skiers arm customers with the properly tuned equipment and attire they need to partake in arctic athletics. Patrons lug their blades into the shop, where dexterous handymen apply a hot wax to the base of their sliding platforms to ensure optimal slipperiness for careening down hills or rapidly fleeing dull holiday office parties. A specialized grinding machine then levels the base and sharpens bottom and side edges for improved snow slicing. Technicians adjust repairs to address the specific concerns of each pair of skis, and will inform customers if their instruments would benefit from additional servicing or a hot-stone massage.