Local Goods | Wilderness Sports

Before hitting the resort or heading into the backcountry this season, you need to be equipped and ready. This legendary shop has you covered.

After last season’s premature ending, it’s safe to assume that more people than ever are thinking about heading out on adventures off the beaten path this year. The lure of the backcountry has never been stronger. From long nordic treks through frozen glades to epic lines of untracked powder, everyone is going to be searching for hidden gems. But before you head out, you need to make sure that you are prepared for anything that nature might toss your way.

That’s why you should stop by Wilderness Sports in Dillon, Colorado, before you head out. As the local’s shop, it has been servicing the residents of Summit County and beyond since 1976. It’s the perfect one-stop shop where you can make sure you have the best gear and latest information for a perfect outing. The locally-owned store offers gear for alpine touring, splitboarding, telemarking, nordic skiing, snowshoeing, and just about any other winter (and summer) pursuit your heart desires.

COVID-19 PRECAUTIONS: As with every other business, Wilderness Sports has adapted its operations to ensure the safety of both guests and its team. Social distancing measures are in place and will be updated as needed this season. The shop is also cautiously optimistic about offering some educational experiences with limited capacity this winter — and Wilderness Sports is always brainstorming ways to provide the same level of experience and service, despite the limitations of COVID-19.

RETAIL AND RENTAL: Plain and simple, Wilderness Sports is one of the premiere gear shops in the Rockies. It offers a wide array of items for sale in the store with products from all of the top brands, plus some smaller ones you should know about. Wilderness Sports offers full backcountry setups for rent along with an avalanche kit that includes a beacon, probe, and shovel. One of the store’s best offerings is a colossal demo fleet that allows you to actually take gear out and see how it performs on the hill before dropping some of your hard earned dough on it. Plus, if you do decide to buy, the cost of two rentals goes toward your purchase.

FULL-SERVICE TUNE SHOP: Nothing is worse than poorly tuned gear when you are out and about, far from home. Ever had a binding keep popping loose on a powder day? Post hole hell. Solve those issues by stopping in and letting Wilderness Sports’ technicians make repairs or service gear before you head out. These folks know what you are getting into, they live and play here, so trust them to ensure everything is perfect. Want to learn how to keep your gear in top shape? Check out the new Waxing Happy Hour. Pre-book a time at The Bench, Wilderness Sports’ new learning and coworking space, and you can wax up your sticks or board to your own exacting specifications. Plus, the shop will provide all of the tools and supplies needed, plus a cold brew, kombucha, or can of wine.

EDUCATION: One of the things that Wilderness Sports prides itself on is the wide array of knowledge available to any and all who ask for help. The shop’s open-door policy means they will never be too busy to take a few moments to ensure all of your questions are answered and you are fully equipped before heading out. Let’s not kid ourselves, the backcountry can be deadly so don’t end up a statistic this season.

EVENTS: While Wilderness Sports has had to suspend educational events at the shop for now, employees can point you to guide services, classes, and anything else you might need to make sure you come back with a huge smile on your face. With a mission statement that says “We aim to educate, empower and equip you in your pursuit of a life fully lived,” you know they will be there for you. Wilderness Sports is stoked to welcome you to the backcountry family! 

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