Outdoor Gear Exchange

37 Church St., Burlington, gearx.com

For two decades, OGE has been the go-to shop for local kayakers, hikers, skiers, climbers and camping enthusiasts. And with good reason: The staff is friendly and knowledgeable, and the selection is tough to beat. Check the downstairs consignment area for the real scores. Oh, and you can bring your dog, too.


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Alpine Shop

1184 Williston Rd., South Burlington, alpineshopvt.com

"Ski today, work tomorrow" is the motto of this locally owned outfitter, housed in a roadside ski chalet and in business for more than half a century. It has everything you need for your alpine adventures — including stylin' après-ski apparel.



Burton Snowboards

80 Industrial Pkwy. & 162 College St., Burlington, burton.com

Respect your elders, especially if they invented your sport. Jake Burton Carpenter's flagship store is the first stop on any boarder's quest for pow — or steez. Burton is a trendsetter in both gear and style.

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North Star Sports

100 Main St., Burlington, northstarsportsvt.com

Stop into this landmark bike shop on Burlington's Main Street, and you'll be spinning your wheels in no time. Since 1985, North Star has been renting and selling cycles of all kinds.


Ridin' High

2 Pearl St., Burlington, rdnhgh.com

Before you shred the skate park or barrel down Pearl Street on your longboard, visit this funky shop for the latest in skateboards and protective gear. Photo: Matthew Thorse





85 Main St., Burlington, skirack.com

SnowSports Industries America has called this the No. 1 ski shop in New England. Skirack is also a sizable bike shop with tons of two-wheelers, from BMX to downhill.

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688 Pine St., Burlington, wndnwvs.com

Yes, Burlington has a surf shop. The city's only exclusive water-sports retailer offers access to the wind and waves. Gear up here for windsurfing, standup paddleboarding and kiteboarding.

Photo: Corey Hendrickson