Jan 27, 2016
Industry + Intelligence
Denver, CO
Jan. 28-31, 2016
SIA Snow Show & Sourcing Snow
Colorado Convention Center
Denver, CO
Feb. 1-2, 2016
On-Snow Demo/Ski-Ride Fest
Copper Mountain Resort, CO

Retailer of the Year Award


Ski Center - Washington, DC

Our story goes back over 75 years to when our founder, Adam Kahane, was a youngster in Europe who fell in love with skiing. In 1959, Adam and his wife Gertrude opened Ski Center. It was a time of lace-up leather boots, wooden skis, beartrap bindings, and the Head Standard was king of the slopes. Things have changed a lot, but our love of skiing is just as strong.

Salespeople were taught that if you don’t have the right merchandise for a customer, you don't sell them anything. At Ski Center we sell skiing first and products second and believe that satisfied customers are more important than sales. These are the ideals that our store was built on, and we think they’re just as relevant today as they were over 50 years ago.

Many of our managers and full-time staff have been at Ski Center for several decades. Our equipment buyer, Brian Eardley, has been here for over 30 years and has been recognized by Ski Magazine as one of the nation’s top boot fitters. In addition we have several other managers and full-time staff that have been here for decades, as well as a multitude of young, enthusiastic skiers and boarders. All of our new hires are extensively trained in both product knowledge and our views on what makes the ski industry great and how we can pass that passion on to our customers. This blend of youth, enthusiasm, experience, and technical knowledge is what keeps us on the forefront of the winter sports industry. We look forward to sharing our love of winter sports with our customers for years to come!

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"The SIA Snow Show is the best time of the year! You get to see all the new technology coming out, you get to see all the sales reps you have relationships with, and then right around the corner you get to test everything out at the On-Snow Demo at Copper." Katy Graul, Ski Brokers, Fraser, CO
"For me, the Show is so much more than just a product presentation, it's a true breeding ground for ideas and inspiration. The forums, the marketing information, and the opportunities for retailers like me to network with each other has become a major feature for me." Teddy Schiavoni, Summit Ski Shop, Framingham, MA
"It's the place to go to see as many manufacturing companies as you can see under one roof at one time. It’s the latest and greatest of everything that’s going to be coming through the stores in the next six to eight months. I think people do a disservice to themselves by not going." Susan Woody, sales rep, Turtle Fur
"This Show is so important because it's the preview for what’s to come; it's the big picture. You can talk to the people that are in sales, product development, we can tell you plans for next year as well as help retailers with their buy so they become informed and make better decisions for their business." Ryan Green, Nordic Division Manager, Rossignol
"From an international perspective, I can see that the whole US snow sports industry is truly a community. Everybody's here and you can see that it's a family." Sigi Rumphuber, Product Designer/Engineer, G3
"This whole business is based on relationships, so if you don’t get that face to face time it's difficult to continue those relationships or build new ones. And of course we have to be at the Show because it gives a chance for everyone to see the full line, and to talk about any problems or potential opportunities." Josh Roberts, VP, Nitro Snowboards

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