As summer changes to fall, and fall to winter, local shops are putting their warm-weather goods into storage (or onto the sale racks…wink-wink!), and are preparing for winter recreation by stocking the shop with the greatest gear on the market.

If you’re on the hunt for a good ski or snowboard setup for your vacation to paradise, Ketchum is the place to be! Check out these locally owned ski and snowboard shops for the gear you need.


Backwoods Mountain Sports is a store that is run by outdoor enthusiasts for outdoor enthusiasts. If it’s backcountry skiing you’re interested in, you’ll be out in a matter of minutes, outfitted with the finest gear you can find. Backwoods offers perspective customers full alpine and ski touring setups for very reasonable prices. The gear is top of the line, from the boots to the wax job on the bottom of their rental skis.

Backwoods logo

Image courtesy of Backwoods Mountain Sports

If you’re a nordic skier or interested in trying the sport for a day, this shop should be at the top your list.

They offer rentals and for-purchase options in both the backcountry and the nordic categories.

If you’d rather cycle all year, Backwoods has you covered for all seasons…yes, all. The fat tire bike is Backwoods newest addition to their fleet. Because of the amazing trail system we have in and around Ketchum, you can bike to your heart’s content, even in the dead of winter.

In terms of clothing, and the right apparel for any type of activity, you will absolutely find what you need in this haven. From socks to stocking caps and every layer in between, you will leave with the stylish, warm and weatherproof gear you’ve been looking for.



Image courtesy of Sturtevant’s

If you’re more of a downhill enthusiast, check out Sturtevant’s on Main Street and 4th. The selection of alpine gear in this store is superior to any other in Ketchum. It has been a local’s hub for many years and has been voted best in the valley twice in the last three years. Sturtevant’s should be your first stop if you’re looking to rent skis for you and your little ones, or if you’re interested in a demo.

Local tip: If you need a simple tune-up, be sure to call ahead!

Sturtevant’s also rents snowboards and snowshoes.


PKs Ski shop

Image courtesy of PK’s Ski Shop

If you can’t find what you need at Sturtevant’s, head one block up 4th street to PK’s Ski and Sports.

PK’s has been outfitting folks in the valley for 35 years, and has a developed and well-seasoned reputation, though it is slightly off of the main drag. With over 200 demo skis, and a serious selection of good rentals, you will leave well attended to, and ready for action

For Snowboarders

Board bin

Image courtesy of The Board Bin

So, you want to snowboard. If you didn’t find what you need, head down to The Board Bin, just a block and a half down the hill from Sturtevant’s. This is one of the oldest snowboard specific shops in the Pacific Northwest and has been selling and renting snowboard gear since the 1980s. If you want expert advice on the best boards on the markets, this is your ticket. You will leave this store with a top of the line set up and the best advice you can find about snowboarding in the valley. The Board Bin also has a great selection of gear, clothing, and shoes that will have you walking around town looking and feeling fly.

After you’ve gotten your gear, get ready for your days on the mountain. Round out your awesome shred sesh with an evening at Limelight’s Lounge, or snuggled up in your room with room service. How much better could your day be?