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Ski Shop Recommendations in Berlin

Discussion in 'Europe' started by Tonester, May 19, 2019.

  1. Tonester

    Tonester Lift Line Nazi Ski Pass: Gold

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    We will be in Berlin for a few days in early July and I was hoping to maybe take advantage of possible off-season savings for ski clothing (in particular, I need a new jacket)

    Any recommendations?
     
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    Heinz Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    XTREMO Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Unfortunately they're thin on the ground up here in the north of DE. Many have closed down in recent years.

    Der Berg Ruft is the only real specialist physical shop I know and occasionally visit. I've only visited in winter so I don't know the situation with off season sale gear.

    Sports Check, Planet Sports and Blue Tomato are all prominent online retailers and decent for ski/snowboard stuff in store but they're seasonal. So in summer 98% of their physical store space is devoted to skate and street style. The latter 2 skew more toward snowboard gear than ski. I've bought many things from Blue Tomato over the years but mostly online as they didn't have physical stores in the UK where I lived for 9 yearS.

    The department stores' sports departments are also seasonal; they turn into pretty impressive ski/snowboard retailers during winter but have 0 during summer.
     
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    Donzah Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Aldi!
     
  5. Tonester

    Tonester Lift Line Nazi Ski Pass: Gold

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    considers for a nano-second....
    no
     
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    Tonester Lift Line Nazi Ski Pass: Gold

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    ok, thanks. Perhaps I won't waste my time then
     
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    XTREMO Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    @Tonester You may have better luck in other European cities, but I suspect it might be a similar situation. London was the same; seasonal. Snow and Rock and Ellis Brigham (the two big mainsteam outdoor retailers in the UK) only display ski/snow gear from October through March.

    Check out the online sites mentioned above though. They've got lots of sale stuff online. You just won't be able to try before you buy. Also check out brands' own websites. For example Thirtytwo have good deals going right now...https://www.thirtytwo.com/eu/collections/deals/
     
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    XTREMO Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    The stuff they sell in winter ould certainly suffice for a one-off trip. Same with Sports Direct (UK) and Decathlon (DE and other Euro countries)

    TK-Maxx also get a big wintersports selection in store late Oct/early Nov, but you need to be quick and be prepared to sift through the crappy "made for Tk Maxx" stuff to find the gems. I helped a mate find a Travis Rice 20k Quikky jacket for about £89 (instead of £400ish rrp a year or two back). You won't find Arc'Teryx, Burton and most of the other really high end ski brands there though. Not to date anyhow...
     
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    That is going to be the issue with most cities. Even in Austria most sports shops will by April start putting mountain bikes and hiking gear in their front displays.

    Depends what sort of jacket you want though. Insulated ski jackets may be hard to find, but shell jackets should be easier and are more versatile in any case.
     
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    Tonester Lift Line Nazi Ski Pass: Gold

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    Yep. One reason I still have my threadbare jacket is that I it's difficult to find a suitable replacement. I like to layer, so a (thickish) shell is ideal. It seems that almost every ski jacket, sold in Australia, is insulated. Which, IMHO, is overkill for Oz conditions. Layering makes more sense to me.
     
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    Legs Akimbo Grumblebum Ski Pass: Gold

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    Buy your jackets in outdoor shops, not ski shops.
     
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    XTREMO Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Really?

    In my experience, if you want a powder skirt, you need to buy a ski/board specific shell.
     
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    A slight exaggeration, but there is some truth. There are plenty tof OK shells, but none that fit within "goldilocks" criteria of being just right (for me). I'm being fussy, I know.

    And, yep, want the powder skirt too.
     
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    XTREMO Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    yeah I'm the same. I can never replace my current jacket (Burton AK Stagger from 2010) because there isn't a single one on the market that has these thumb loop things. They're amazing. Can't for life of me understand why they're not on every jacket. Burton stopped using them a year later.