Braving ice and snow requires specialty equipment: snowshoes for walking, snow tires for driving, and flamethrowers for gently freeing pets from snowdrifts. Stock up on all manner of snow gear with today's Groupon: for $25, you get $50 worth of outdoors apparel and accessories at Hoigaard’s.
Hoigaard’s staff of outdoors aficionados fortifies men, women, and kids for recreation on all terrain with a vast array of sports equipment and wilderness gear. Light yet durable snowshoes ($99–$179) bite into ice during jaunts down snowy trails while Patagonia silkweight bottoms ($45) keep legs comfortable in the cold, and POC and Giro snow helmets ($39+) protect noggins from disastrous falls or pinecones thrown by territorial squirrels. Women don Burton mittens ($39.95) and trudge stylishly and sweat-free with the North Face pullover's mesh ventilation panels (48+), and North Face McMurdo boots ($42.25) swathe kids' feet in waterproof material and firm ankle support. Additionally, Hoigaard’s staff conducts free weekly seminars in which they share their passion for outdoors pursuits, such as Nordic walking, bike tuning, and delivering snowman babies.
Since opening in 1895, the Hoigaard family and its eponymous shop has been supplying nature lovers with the equipment and apparel necessary to make a playground out of the great outdoors. Today, third- and fourth-generation Hoigaards run the shop alongside a staff of camping aficionados and skilled craftspeople. Their expertise comes in handy as they dress fellow outdoorsfolk in a selection of belts, jackets, shoes, and boots from brand-name manufacturers such as Patagonia, White Sierra, FiveFingers, and The North Face. A collection of outdoor gear––including tents, bicycles, sleeping bags, and canoes––is available for rent or purchase, and the shop's staff repairs damaged equipment in their onsite repair and service shop. They also perform tune-ups for snowboards, skis, and inline skates, and split bicycles into two separate unicycles upon request.