2012 US Retailer Of The Year
Summit Ski & Snowboard - Framingham, MA
Teddy Schiavoni began in ski retail at age 15 and quickly became infused by the ski industry. In the early 90’s, he left retail to become a sales rep for a variety of ski, snowboard, inline skate, clothing, and accessory companies. He was involved with snowboards and inline skates when they first hit the marketplace. His experience with their rise and tides taught Teddy the importance of being on the cutting edge of new trends in the industry.
As a snow sports sales rep, Teddy traveled the North East and became familiar with the operations of ski and snowboard shops of all types. He has participated in many product councils becoming familiar with how new products are developed and toured ski factories gaining an understanding of how products are built and brought to market.
From these early foundations, Teddy learned that you cannot become complacent in this ever changing industry. He has remained true to this conviction since the day he opened his own shop in 1998 in Framingham, MA. In 2010, Summit Ski & Snowboard relocated to 686 Worcester Rd, Framingham, MA. The new store reflects an enthusiasm for snow sports and features:
- Over 10,000 ft² retail space
- Post and beam construction with 22’ ceilings
- Large comfortable dressing rooms
- Clean and uncluttered showroom
- High efficiency lighting, LED spotlights and signage
- Electronic POS system & customer database integrated with the service shop
- Junior Lease Program
- “Ski Champ” interactive video game
- 13’ HD projector screen with surround sound playing movies and all the big games
- Complimentary coffee & water
- Reusable shopping bags
- Full ADA compliancy
- Over 1,600 sq/ft. state of the art viewable service shop, featuring:
- SkiMD® tuning,
- Masterfit® bootfitting service
- Wintersteiger’s® newest binding calibration equipment
- 100% recycled flooring materials
- 93% recycling of waste
Summit Ski & Snowboard’s successes have come from many factors. Identifying trends early on and taking calculated risks is the key to staying fresh. Essentially, we stay in touch with our customers, educating them on what is new, as well as listening to their needs. We keep a finger on the pulse of what’s going on outside our own marketplace, industry and region. Summit Ski & Snowboard is truly a niche specialty shop, closed in the summers. Our membership in our buying group, SMC, allows us to run our business efficiently and focus on being the best in our product offerings and knowledge. We participate in ecommerce and stay very active in social media. Above all, we believe in customer service.
Summit Ski & Snowboard has grown a loyal customer base which continues, for generations, to support our business. We understand that our customers can afford to shop wherever they like, at home or away. We are grateful for their patronage and when they are in the store, we are attentive and dedicated to their needs. Furthermore, we’ve earned our customers’ trust by retaining our employees. Our staff is excited by the industry and eager to share their enthusiasm with the customers.
Summit Ski & Snowboard is an environment of specialty products and excellent service, not exclusive to wealthy clientele. We are fortunate to have made a career of our passion for snow sports and proud to be named SIA 2012 New England Retailer of the Year.
“I am proud to be recognized by my peers in the ski industry as the 2012 New England Retailer of the Year. Considering the current state of the economy and the record lack of snowfall across the US, receiving this accolade is truly an honor. I, along with my wife, Leah, and the entire staff at Summit, put our best effort forward every day. Our dedication to our customers, our passion for snow sports, and the constant evolution of our business model has made Summit Ski & Snowboard the success it is today.”