Blister Recommended Shops

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We love great shops. We hang out in them, we’ve worked in them, we depend on them, and the best ones do a few key things:

(1) They welcome beginners and help them grow their passion for the sport — we’re not into shops that talk down to or discourage those looking to get started.

(2) They are ready to take care of diehards and experts, too. This rules out a lot of shops that are staffed by people who aren’t very knowledgeable or passionate about the equipment they’re servicing or selling.

BLISTER Shops are a collection of the best service–oriented shops in the world. These are the places we trust most in a given locale to work on our boots, to wrench on our bikes, to tune our skis, and to recommend the right equipment.



BENTGATE — Golden, Colorado

For over twenty years, Bentgate has been the core climbing and ski shop for Denver and Golden, Colorado.


ALPINE SPORTS — Santa Fe, New Mexico

Alpine Sports has been in Santa Fe, New Mexico, for a long time, and new ownership has made this shop easy to recommend.


POWDER HOUND SKI SHOP — Girdwood, Alaska

Whether you’re headed to Alyeska Resort, flying with Chugach Powder Guides, or ski touring around Girdwood or Anchorage, Alaska, Powder Hound is the shop you should visit for all things ski and snowboard related.


LARRY’S BOOTFITTING — Boulder, Colorado

Larry’s Bootfitting is an institution, and Larry himself is the man.
So put the two together, and you get one of the best bootfitting shops in the world.


ALPENGLOW SPORTS — Tahoe City, California

Not only is Alpenglow Sports an excellent shop, it is also at the epicenter of Lake Tahoe outdoor culture.


BLACK SHEEP SPORTS — Munich, Germany

Black Sheep Sports is the premier freeride shop in Munich. From an impressive selection of boutique skis, to excellent bootfitting, and Bavarian beer, Black Sheep has it all.


CROW’S FEET COMMONS — Bend, Oregon

In addition to being one of the nicest shops we’ve ever walked into, the Crow’s Feet Commons staff are a collection of gear nerds, experienced guides, capable ski tuners, and competent bike mechanics.


BOOTDOCTORS — Taos Ski Valley, New Mexico

The BootDoctors at Taos Ski Valley is a full-service ski shop that handles tunes and mounts; sells skis, boots, and outerwear; and is home to the best team of bootfitters in the state of New Mexico.


GNOMES ALPINE SPORTS — Darfield, New Zealand

Gnomes is the shop we trust and where we gear up on our way to the club fields of Canterbury, New Zealand.


So check these shops out, and tell them we sent you. Then let us know how it goes — your feedback is an important part of our review process to keep our shops list legit.

You can leave us your feedback at: shops@blistergearreview.com