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Content about Ski and Snowboard Outfitters

December 30, 2019

After an encounter with ski instructor Oliver Blackman at Smuggler’s Notch during the winter of 2014-15, local Ellicottville couple Melanie Mitchell and Wade Knott started discussing the idea of designing and building their own skis. Oliver jumped cliffs with Wade and showed Melanie how to find that “playful line” through some truly gnarly terrain – and he did it on skis he made in his garage.

After an encounter with ski instructor Oliver Blackman at Smuggler’s Notch during the winter of 2014-15, local Ellicottville couple Melanie Mitchell and Wade Knott started discussing the idea of designing and building their own skis. Oliver jumped cliffs with Wade and showed Melanie how to find that “playful line” through some truly gnarly terrain – and he did it on skis he made in his garage.

October 25, 2019

Q&A: You’ve run Dekdebruns Snowsports for many years, but last year was Year One as Dekdebruns Apex Store. How did it go last season?

You’ve run Dekdebruns Snowsports for many years, but last year was Year One as Dekdebruns Apex Store. How did it go last season?

October 25, 2019

Q&A: What's new in the shop this year?

What’s new in the shop this year?

October 25, 2019

Q&A: 35 Years of The Boardroom!

35 Years of The Boardroom! That has to feel pretty great. How have you managed to maintain the same level of service and commitment to snowboarding?

October 25, 2019

The City Garage celebrates its 20 year anniversary

This is a big year for The City Garage. Year 20 to be exact. Any celebrations in the works?

October 9, 1999 Fall Festival was opening day. Fast forward to 2019 and we have kept the party going!  We are going to kick off the 20th year with a “Survivor Sunday” shop party after the closing bell of Fall Fest ‘19 ... and plan to keep the celebration going all season long! 

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

November 23, 2018

Greg Dekdebrun is bringing something new to the busy thoroughfare, where his Dekdebruns Apex Store is located. True, Dekdebrun's business is not new to Washington Street, but he has taken on a new challenge there. “When I decided to basically downsize the business, I still wanted to be involved in the ski industry,” Dekdebrun explained. “So I decided to continue with the Apex ski boots and the idea came to me to design an Apex ski.”

Greg Dekdebrun is bringing something new to the busy thoroughfare, where his Dekdebruns Apex Store is located. True, Dekdebrun's business is not new to Washington Street, but he has taken on a new challenge there. “When I decided to basically downsize the business, I still wanted to be involved in the ski industry,” Dekdebrun explained. “So I decided to continue with the Apex ski boots and the idea came to me to design an Apex ski.”

October 12, 2018

Q&A: Tell us About Your New Endeavor with Apex Boots...

You officially retired after last season and closed the doors to Dekdebruns for the last time ... or so we thought. You just can’t stay away, can you? Tell us about your new endeavor with Apex boots.

Not being a person that can sit still and having been in the ski business all my life, I came up with the idea of an Apex concept store. When I told Apex about my idea they were all in. I was Apex’s first dealer 12 years ago and am currently one of their largest dealers.

October 12, 2018

A second location has recently opened up in East Aurora

You guys have been busy!  A second location in East Aurora recently opened at the end of summer. How’s it going up there?

October 12, 2018

Q&A: Let us in on your top product picks for this season...

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

March 7, 2018

Now is the time to save and find some great deals on outerwear and hard goods. Get ready for the 2018/19 season when you buy and save now because your window of opportunity is short. Some of your beloved local shops will soon be transitioning over to summertime products. Others will close down for the off-season. And one shop staple will turn the lights off for the final time; marking the end of an era in Ellicottville.

Change is inevitable.  A prime component of the cycle of life, we all must adapt to change.  Embrace it or get left behind.

October 19, 2017

When we were having dinner with our Burton Rep last year (shoutout Joe Grasso), he hinted that something big was coming down the pipeline. After some prodding (and some beers), Grasso told us that Burton was going to reintroduce a step in binding to snowboarding - Step On. The system, which is obviously far superior and more technical than the step in bindings we seemingly all rode in the late-90s, uses contact points at your heel and both sides of your toes. And this season, Burton blessed The Boardroom by naming us one of their select Full Service Dealers - meaning that we’re one of a few shops on the East Coast that has access to Step On ...

Interview with Spencer Timkey, Director of Stoke
 
Ok we’ve gotta start with the BIG one .. Burton Step-ons?  Indulge …
October 19, 2017

For the skiers: Apex ski boots (if you haven’t heard of these check them out!) has completely revamped their line-up by having all the chassis upgraded to the XP model from last year. As for the snowboarders - they should be super pumped - Nidecker is back in the States!

Interview with Ciara Peters, Soft Goods Manager
 
You just finished up year two of being open during the summer. How did it compare to your first year? Can you give us a glimpse of some of the product you carried?
October 19, 2017

"We love getting all the new product and stocking the store for the season. We've got a full line of outerwear brands to keep you warm and dry and looking good for apres.

What’s new this year at The City Garage?
   17 years of having fun and doing what we love … not really new for this year, but we love getting all the new product and stocking the store for the season. We've got a full line of outerwear brands to keep you warm & dry and looking good for aprés. 
 
Word has it your bootfitter has seen a lot of feet … 
March 2, 2017

Perhaps no one is looking more forward to the end of the winter season here in Ellicottville than Greg Dekdebrun himself, who has announced he’ll be retiring from the shop, which has been his second home since its opening in 1961 by his father, Al. From 1986 forward, Greg and his wife Patti have owned and operated the shop, but after a lifetime of specialty retail, Greg thinks it’s time to kick his feet up (a little bit, anyhow). When asked what he planned to do with all his impending free time, he replied, “When the snow comes again, I’m going to do that thing called skiing.”

Forget about the rollercoaster weather we experienced throughout February … Winter is still very much alive and well here in Western New York, which is evident by the enthusiastic crowds gracing the slopes of Holiday Valley, HoliMont, and the downtown village streets.

February 2, 2017

If you think of Ellicottville activities through the prism of power rankings, the top spot is an easy choice. Holiday Valley and HoliMont remain the tractor beams for bringing in visitors, both repeat and new. You might argue that No. 2 would be a toss-up between dining/nightlife and shopping - each one complements the other well. After that, however, it’s a complete dogfight for activity spots. Underrated and oft-overlooked, snowshoeing is a hidden gem around our area ...

If you think of Ellicottville activities through the prism of power rankings, the top spot is an easy choice. Holiday Valley and HoliMont remain the tractor beams for bringing in visitors, both repeat and new. You might argue that No. 2 would be a toss-up between dining/nightlife and shopping - each one complements the other well. After that, however, it’s a complete dogfight for activity spots. 

February 2, 2017

It’s no secret to those who know, that The City Garage has one of the most diverse product selections in town. Sure - they’ve got the basics in accessories and ski equipment you would expect in a ski shop, but they’ve also got a variety of items some would deem ‘off piste’ so to speak, which have been carefully selected by their credible, passionate staff ...

February is here in Ellicottville, and what a wild winter we’ve had thus far. From dumps of powder, to ‘spring like conditions’, Mother Nature certainly continues to be her chemically imbalanced self in the Western New York region. Despite these inconsistencies, the village continues to entertain crowds of enthusiastic visitors, packing our restaurants, ski slopes and retailers.

December 31, 2016

During the winter months, Ellicottville is not exactly lacking in the entertainment department. Between the slopes of Holiday Valley and HoliMont and the nightlife of the village, plenty of stories are made between the months of December and April. There’s a good chance that if you’re reading this, you’ve got an Ellicottville story or two yourself. And if you’ve ever been to The Boardroom, or The Boardroom on Main, and had the opportunity to talk with any of the staff then you know they have stories for days! Whether it’s shop talk about the newest and hottest products on the market, the latest scoop on what’s happening at the resorts in town, or just shop beagle tales (pun intended) The Boardroom crew never disappoints. It’s pretty safe to say though, that the topic they enjoy the most is snowboarding. So when Spencer Timkey (@spence_timkey on Insta) and Tyler Burns (@tylerxburns) were trying to figure out a new way to connect with people who share their passion for shredding, they settled on the podcast format. And just like that, Cold Soup, a weekly podcast for the shred enthusiast was born.

Story telling is human nature.  Factual, Fictional, or a combination of both; almost everyone loves telling a good story.  It started with drawings on cave walls, evolved to oral traditions that were passed down from generation to generation, and eventually those narratives got written down. Today, between all the different social media platforms and digital means of communication, story telling is more abundant than ever.  

November 28, 2016

With winter quickly approaching here in Ellicottville, there’s no time like the present to get into some of your favorite local, specialty retailers to get outfitted for the pending snowfall. One of the mainstays in our community, Mud Sweat N’Gears, is located on the corner of Washington and Monroe Streets in the heart of the village. Recognized by the industry as an ‘America’s Best Bootfitters’ shop, as well as home to the only Montana Speed Factory around, MSG’s passionate, knowledgable staff is ready to get you dialed in. We caught up with owners / operators Kimberly Reading and Miguel Azcarate, to talk about the products they’re most excited about for the coming season.

With winter quickly approaching here in Ellicottville, there’s no time like the present to get into some of your favorite local, specialty retailers to get outfitted for the pending snowfall.  One of the mainstays in our community, Mud Sweat N’Gears, is located on the corner of Washington and Monroe Streets in the heart of the village.

October 4, 2016

The Boardroom is moving on up, and they couldn’t be more thrilled, as their 2nd location will be housed on the main floor of 14 Washington Street. Look for them next door to Adventure Bound onthefly … they’ll have all of the same sweet stuff as their Flagship store, plus more lifestyle apparel.

Interview with:
Spence Timkey, High 5 GM
 
 
PERKS: Big news!  The Boardroom is continuing with two locations (as it did last year), but this time, your 2nd location is relocating to the TOP floor of 14 Washington Street … 
October 4, 2016

This summer was a bit different for the winter-only shop ... they were OPEN! According to Ciara Peters, soft goods manager, "It went very well! We offered a variety of casual and swim wear from companies like O’Neill and Picture Organic Clothing. In addition, we also freshened up our t-shirt wall with some summer inspired designs." But with winter just around the corner, the Dekdebruns crew is anxious to fill the shop with winter-inspired product, including a few new items, including Uvex helmets and goggles, the latest boot by Apex, and the Nitro line of snowboards.

Interview with:
Ciara Peters, 
Soft Goods Manager
 
PERKS: This past summer was a bit different for you guys.  You were OPEN!  How did the summer retail business pan out for you?  What did you stock the shop with?  Do you plan on re-opening next summer as well?
October 4, 2016

Whether you have an appetite for floaty powder skis, all mountain performers, gutsy sidecuts for groomer days or blazing fast race equipment, Mud, Sweat n' Gears no doubt has the ski you're looking for. Their helmet and goggle collection is bigger and better than ever, and their "Speed Factory" in the back has added some new artillery to make your equipment ready for anything.

Interview with:
Kimberly Reading, Owner
 
PERKS: Let us in on your top product picks for this season …
October 4, 2016

Not only is The City Garage stoked on a few new lines they're bringing in (TOBE, Strafe, and Planks, just to name a few), they are also gearing up for the showing of "Ruin and Rose" in November, and busy ski shop days through winter, where they'll rely heavily on good grub cooked in the back to fuel them through ... aka Crockpot Creations, where the key ingredient in every meal is ...

Interview with:
Trey Clauss, Mr. Man
 
PERKS: What’s new this year at The City Garage?
March 6, 2016

Winter has without a doubt established a firm hold on Ellicottville and the region, with the slopes of HoliMont and Holiday Valley full of visitors who have all but forgotten the tumultuous start to the season. Sooner than later, however, the sun and warm temps will return to the area, with thoughts beginning to shift from powder turns to patio sessions. A few of the local specialty shops in town will be locking their doors for the spring and summer months, however, one location in particular that will NOT be closing up shop is The City Garage. For the past 16 years, The City Garage has remained committed to being a year-round lifestyle and outdoor equipment retailer. SNOWED-IN sat down with the gang at the C.G., who were excited to reveal what products will be awaiting those visiting in the warmer months.

Winter has without a doubt established a firm hold on Ellicottville and the region, with the slopes of HoliMont and Holiday Valley full of visitors who have all but forgotten the tumultuous start to the season.  Sooner than later, however, the sun and warm temps will return to the area, with thoughts beginning to shift from powder turns to patio sessions. A few of the local specialty shops in town will be locking their doors for the spring and summer months, however, one location in particular that will NOT be closing up shop is The City Garage.

January 29, 2016

Mud, Sweat n' Gears: America's Best Bootfitters ... and your ticket to speed.

Now that the snow has returned to Ellicottville, the slopes and downtown have sprung back to life.  HoliMont and Holiday Valley are filled with skiers from near and far, which of course leads them into the village when the ski day has concluded.  One of the longtime mainstays which is a stop for many of these visitors, is none other than Mud, Sweat n’ Gears, locally owned and operated by Kimberly Reading and Miguel Azcarate for the past 16 years.  This husband and wife team have intertwined themselves in the local community and ski industry for years, which is evident b