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Alberta Ballers - where do you buy your skis?

pgmoorepgmoore Posts: 204 Solid Baller
I'm considering a new ski for this upcoming season. Despite what is always strongly recommended, I've never tested a ski before purchasing. This year, I want to change that!

So, for those Ballers in Alberta - where do you buy your skis in this province? Ideally, I'd like to be able to demo a few skis from a shop and then buy the one that works best.
Patrick Moore


  • smalorsmalor Posts: 69 Baller

    While I've never been to their store, I've spoken with them several times and purchased items online and over the phone. Service was excellent. They are in Calgary and Sicamous.
  • jimskijimski Posts: 511 Crazy Baller
    Mike at Shuswap is defenitly the guy to go to we live In BC and buy lots of stuff from him with no return issues
  • skihardskihard Posts: 563 Crazy Baller
    When I still lived in Alberta I made a trip down to El Centro, California and bought a ski from Steve at Pacific Slalom. He let me ski it and he set it up for me while I was there. Steve is a great guy and very helpful.
    I don't ski on the ski I purchased from him any more (HO A2) but still ski on an HO. Take a holiday and go for a ride! :)
    Here is a link to his web site:
    Life's about working hard and then having fun on the water!
    I am - are you?
  • bbirlewbbirlew Posts: 174 Baller
    Don't know if they are still involved with the shop, but Paul & Murray at HO Watersports (aka the board room) out of Vancouver were always my go-to guys. They were the western canadian distributers of HO, and were very involved and supportive of the tournament scene back a few years.
    If mike @ Shuswap can't help you I'd try them.
    Good luck.
  • BulldogBulldog Posts: 1,030 Crazy Baller
    I ordered direct from Goode.
    Mike Loeffler - "Someone somewhere is having a real problem today...My bad skiing is NOT one of them"
  • lpskierlpskier Posts: 2,716 Mega Baller has a try before you buy program. Darrin is very knowledgable and helpful.
    John Wilkins- Si non pro sanguine quem ludus ne. #iskiconnelly
  • LOTWLOTW Posts: 165 Baller
    MIKE at Shuswap, he da man!
    I've purchased my last 2 ski's from him plus all gear, very knowledgable and helpful when you need advice or returns or anything really. He also has the stuff there and not just a picture. Bought the ski before those from Seth at H2O and same as above, problem is the US dollar and I haven't been to OZ since.
    BTW, I live in Ontario.
  • schaferschafer Posts: 313 Solid Baller
    @pgmoore‌ you are in Edmonton right? Go see Clint Cole at Wizard Lake Marine. I've bought my last 3 skis from him. Numerous bindings. He will demo anything for you. And will give a very fair price.
    Quest for the Purple Loop
  • pgmoorepgmoore Posts: 204 Solid Baller
    @schafer‌ - yes, in Edmonton. I've never been to Wizard Lake Marine before, although my cousin bought a giant wake boat from there. More of a ship, really... :s

    Wizard does have the benefit of being quite close to Shalom Park, where I mostly ski. So that's really nice!

    How are they with setup, adjustments, etc. at Wizard?
    Patrick Moore
  • schaferschafer Posts: 313 Solid Baller
    @pgmoore‌ ya they sell a lot of ships there. to be honest i have never had them set anything up for me, ive done it myself, and then had @Swini adjust and re-adjust for me in Florida
    Quest for the Purple Loop
  • skihardskihard Posts: 563 Crazy Baller
    @pgmoore - Does Ken not sell skis out at Shalom any more?
    Life's about working hard and then having fun on the water!
    I am - are you?
  • pgmoorepgmoore Posts: 204 Solid Baller
    @skihard‌ - I would love to buy a ski from Ken. That would be a no-brainer for me! I wasn't aware that he ever sold skis and he certainly hasn't mentioned it lately. I'll have to specifically ask him for sure.

    Do you remember what he used to sell?
    Patrick Moore
  • jayskijayski Posts: 900 Mega Baller
  • giantjoegiantjoe Posts: 30 Baller
    Shuswap in Calgary demos. They're really good guys.
  • skihardskihard Posts: 563 Crazy Baller
    Yes D3 if I remember right?
    Life's about working hard and then having fun on the water!
    I am - are you?
  • SkiJaySkiJay Posts: 2,314 Mega Baller
    edited January 2015
    A big time +1 for Shuswap Ski & Board @pgmoore‌.
    Not only do they maintain the biggest and best slalom-related inventory in the country, Mike is a slalom enthusiast himself and a big time supporter of slalom skiing in general. This is no small deal given how much bigger the wake market is. Support those who support our sport. ... Your ski should be your dance partner, not a wrestling opponent
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