Should ski boots feel tight?

The answer is tricky. Ski boots should fit snugly and feel tight, but not to the point of causing discomfort or pain. A properly fitting ski boot should be snug...
July 07, 2023 — Randy Elles

How often should you tune your skis?

It is generally recommended that you tune your skis every 5-25 days of skiing, or about once per season for the average skier. However, this can vary depending on factors...
July 07, 2023 — Randy Elles

What are the different types of skiing?

There are several different types of skiing, including: Alpine skiing: This is the most common type of skiing, in which skiers use long, narrow skis to glide down snow-covered slopes....
July 07, 2023 — Randy Elles

What can you do to practice for skiing in the off season?

If you want to practice for skiing in the off season, there are several things you can do to stay in shape and improve your skills. These include: Dry land...
July 07, 2023 — Randy Elles

Is it harder to learn how to ski or snowboard?

It's difficult to say whether skiing or snowboarding is harder to learn, as both sports have their own challenges and require different skills. Some people may find it easier to...
July 07, 2023 — Randy Elles
NBDA Bicycle Retailer of Excellence Award 2021

NBDA Bicycle Retailer of Excellence Award 2021

We are so proud to have been recognized by the National Bicycle Dealer Association as a Bicycle Retailer of Excellence in 2021. We couldn't be more proud of our staff and more appreciative of our customers. We were one of two shops selected in the entire state of Vermont and earned a GOLD level recognition. 

May 02, 2022 — Randy Elles

FedEx Small Business Grant Contest

If you've ever had a great experience at our shop please consider voting for us in the FedEx Small Business Grant contest. You can vote once a day through April 4, 2018!

If we were awarded this grant we would be able to improve our online store & rental reservations system as well as hire another full-time employee to help us for years to come!

March 29, 2018 — Randy Elles
Team Rider, Ian Clarke, Upgrades to a Junior Athlete Of The Year

Team Rider, Ian Clarke, Upgrades to a Junior Athlete Of The Year

You don't have to look far to find a Vermont Sports Junior Athlete of the Year nominee this year. First Stop Board Barn's Team Rider, Ian Clarke, was one of only 10 riders chosen for the honor by the publication.  Vermont Sports couldn't have said it better about First Stop Board Barn Team Athlete Ian Clarke: "Clarke, who grew up near Killington Resort and raced alpine at the Killington Mountain School, didn’t pick up ski mountaineering (ski mo) until last year. Since then, he’s placed in just about every event around New England. In February, 2017, Clarke was the only junior named to the U.S. national team and invited to compete at the World Championships in Italy in March. He finished 23rd there against some of the top Europeans." Check out his feature below, and click here for the original piece. 

December 03, 2017 — Becca Zidik

1st Annual Make A Wave Paddleboard Competition Raises over $1,000 towards the planning & design of a multi-purpose bike path.

Press Release: 7/30/2017  Photos: Chandler Burgess First Stop Board Barn hosted their first annual Make A Wave benefit paddleboard race this past Saturday, August 26th. The highly anticipated race was...
September 04, 2017 — Becca Zidik

Paddles Away at Make A Wave Race

(Killington, VT) - First Stop Board Barn will host their first ever Make A Wave paddleboard benefit race on Saturday August 26, 2017. This family friendly race will take place...
August 22, 2017 — Becca Zidik

First Stop Board Barn Athletes Ride and Climb for Charity Bike Ride

In late June 2017, First Stop Board Barn Team Athletes joined 57 other athletes for the 111 mile Dirty Project. The trek, comprised of 11,000+ ft of elevation gain, was...
August 08, 2017 — Becca Zidik

Killington Resort to Host High Fives Charity Golf Tournament to Benefit Killington’s Own Max Elles and Adaptive Athletes Across the Country

On December 27, 2012 Max Elles crashed into a hidden water bar while snowboarding at Killington Resort (VT). Immediately, the promising young snowboarder knew he had broken his back. The...
July 27, 2017 — Becca Zidik