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The City Garage

5 Monroe Street, Ellicottville NY |

Let us in on your top product picks for this season.

I’d say the most exciting ski out there this year for us is the LINE Sakana.  Japanese for fish, the Sakana has a very unique design.  Skiing is believing ... the fish tail design allows the skier to float effortlessly in soft snow and really carve hard through the turn on packed conditions.  Skiing this ski last season had me LOL’ing every turn.  We will have a pair in demo for people to try! We also try really hard to seek out brands that you can’t find in every store.  Our apparel line-up includes the industry’s top brands - FlyLow, Salomon, Mountain Hardwear, TOBE, Armada, Skhoop, Kuhl, and new this season Jack Wolfskin.

You also carry XC skis, telemark skis, and snowshoes for sale. Do you have them available for rent as well?

You bet we do! We are so lucky to have such an abundant amount of outdoor venues so close to Ellicottville.  Allegany State Park is by far the best spot for cross country skiing - groomed track and traditional touring trails measuring about 20 miles.

Telemark skiing has been gaining more and more popularity. Looking for a new challenge on the same trails you’ve skied day in and day out? Tele rentals are available in the store for daily rental.  We have the latest equipment and can also direct you to the area’s best instructors.  Both Holiday Valley and HoliMont have full-time telemark lessons.

Snowshoeing is a great way to slow things down and take a look around for the non-skier or for a great apres ski activity.  Both resorts offer marked trails for snowshoe touring … feeling adventurous? Climb to the top of either resort and explore the few 100 acres of NYS land.

Word has it your boot fitter has seen a lot of feet …

You could call him the ski boot whisperer ... Tim has been with us for some time now; he has cultivated a long list of boot groupies over the years.  Once he starts back up in October, the line starts forming up the stairs to get into his coveted “throne” in the boot room.  Better to call the shop (716-699-2054) to set up an appointment rather than getting stuck in line!

You’re hosting a movie premier event in November. Details ... 

By far our most enthusiastic event of the year! Matchstick Productions (MSP Films) has been producing action packed ski movies since 1992. This year “ALL IN” is the feature film, traveling around the world chasing the world’s best skiers.  November 17th at The Ellicottville Depot / FREE show / prizes / FUN!  Follow us on for all event updates!   

What other events are you guys looking forward to hosting / participating in this year?

Once the chairlifts start turning we want to get people on skis! This year we will be participating in Holiday Valley’s consumer ski demo on Saturday December 15th. This has been a very popular event for skiers to try the latest and greatest. We have also signed on with HV for a Sunday Funday Demo Tour starting in January.  We will have our alpine and telemark ski demo fleet under the CG tent located at the base of the Yodeler chairlift.  1/27, 2/10, 3/3, & 3/24 are the dates you can catch us! It’s always fun to try something different.

TELESTOCK!  A day of peace, love, and telemark skiing on Friday, February 22nd. Set up is on the Champagne Sundeck (upper Yodeler Lodge) starting at 9am.  This is our day to bring everything telemark to the people.  FREE ski & boot demos all day, FREE sausage cookout, FREE FUN! If you have been thinking about dropping a knee this is the day ...

As always ... keep a lookout on our facebook page for more events once the season gets rolling!

On the flip side, The City Garage is the only ski shop in town that’s open year round. Can you give us a glimpse of your summer offerings?

The City Garage hasn’t missed a summer since 2000. We have evolved our summer business with the changing times of Ellicottville. Settling into a “summer fun” theme, we offer some of the best outdoor clothing, footwear, and accessories in the game.  Being able to meet new people that are just checking out town for the first time or catching up with winter friends that need their “garage” fix, summer in Ellicottville is a relaxing pace compared the the hustle and bustle of winter.