Best Snowboard Shop — Best of Vail Valley 2019 |

Best Snowboard Shop — Best of Vail Valley 2019

Best Snowboard Shop: Buzz's Boards
Rachael Zimmerman | Special to the Daily

1. Buzz’s Boards

2. Transition Sports

3. Christy Sports

Buzz’s Boards started selling snowboards in a time when you couldn’t ride them on the nearby slopes, demonstrating the shop’s ear-to-the-street philosophy which persists to this day.

“I believe our commitment to locals is what has kept us in business while the other shops have come and gone,” said founder Buzz Schleper. “I got to Vail when I was 22 years old, and I know what it’s like to need gear when you’re having trouble making ends meet.”

Schleper works the shop with his son, poly extreme athlete Hunter Schleper, when Hunter is not skiing, snowboarding, snowskating, snowmobiling or riding a timbersled.

“We’ll all be there doing it again this winter,” Hunter confirmed.

And by all, he means the shop dogs, Mojo and Kingston, as well. Catch Kingston working the door while Mojo guards the register from a resting position on the counter.

-John LaConte

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