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Off the Hill with Tricia Swenson: Grand opening for Sun & Ski in Avon

Many of us are creatures of habit and go back to the same ski and board shop each time we visit. This year, things will look a little different at Chapel Square Plaza. Instead of Sports Authority, which closed its doors across the nation earlier this year, there's a new outdoor retailer in its place.

Sun & Ski may be new to the valley, but they have been serving outdoor enthusiasts since 1980. Based out of Texas, Sun & Ski has stores in 12 states spanning the South, Midwest and East Coast. Until now they only had a presence near ski areas in New England. Their Avon location is the first of possibly more stores in the Rockies.

"So many of our customers come here to ski and they've told us we need to be here for them. That's why we decided to come out here," said Steve Rath, co-chief operating officer for Sun & Ski. Rath was out here overseeing the grand opening this week. "I've been in the store for only 10 minutes and ran into some of our customers from Chantilly near D.C. who recognized our brand. We're just excited to be here."

With 30 stores the brand is well recognized. "We are the largest independent ski retailer in the US," said Rath. They also carry a large assortment of bikes, hiking and running shoes, as well as active and lifestyle clothing and accessories.

Sun & Ski's buying power allows them to pass the savings along to their customers. Pair that with their philosophy of service, quality and commitment to customer satisfaction and they're bound to become a valley wide favorite.

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Check out the store's grand opening this week for fantastic deals and ask for special discounts such as 20 percent off one regular price item, ski tune specials and junior ski rental programs for the season.

If you go …

Deals: Grand opening specials all week.

Hours: Open daily 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Location: 220 Beaver Creek Place, Avon.