The winter blues settle in when people get sick of staying indoors, watching the same reruns, and knitting tiny mittens for their house centipedes. Get back to nature and out of that teeming lair of insects with today's Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of winter-sports equipment, apparel, and maintenance services at 4 Seasons Sports in Lodi.
For 42 years, the friendly staff at locally owned 4 Seasons Sports has suited up customers with equipment-maintenance services and winter apparel and equipment rentals from renowned brands such as Rossignol, Elan, and Volkl. Shoppers can bundle lower haves into a pair of snow pants ($39.99+), zip upper halves into jackets ($79.99+), and strap on a pair of Anon or Smith goggles ($26+) to protect optical organs from the icy elements during snow-angel-making competitions. An advanced stone grinder tunes up skis and snowboards ($35), and a daylong ski rental ($30; $50 for high-performance demo skis) affords customers another commuting option in addition to their mule-pulled toboggans.
4 Seasons Sports
High-quality gear and apparel from renowned outfitters such as Rossignal, Merker, and Tecnica line the racks and shelves at 4 Seasons Sports, formerly known as the longstanding Dobler’s Ski Cottage. Here, outdoor-sports enthusiasts can locate attire in the form of goggles and boots to protect them from the elements, such as wind and the tears of lonely snowmen. They can also lug existing gear to the full-service shop, where professional technicians ready their skis and snowboards for jaunts down nearby mountains.