- Matthew Thorsen
- Old Spokes Home
322 N. Winooski Ave., Burlington, oldspokeshome.com
The self-described "most unusual bike shop on the planet" is the hub of the local cycling community and the best place in Burlington to find a vintage ride. It's also not a bad spot to learn more about the cycles of yesteryear, thanks to the Bicycle Museum curated by the shop's former owner, Glenn Eames. In 2015, Old Spokes Home merged with Bike Recycle Vermont and became a nonprofit organization. The staff still tunes anything with two wheels and sells new stuff, too — all of which funds the group's social and educational programs. Follow Old Spokes on Facebook to get in the loop about bike events and community rides.
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.
80 Industrial Pkwy. & 162 College St., Burlington, burton.com
Respect your elders, especially if they invented your sport. Jake Burton Carpenter's flagship stores are the first stop on any boarder's quest for pow — or steez. Burton is a trendsetter in both gear and style.
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. Check the downstairs consignment area for the real scores. You can bring your dog, too.
2 Pearl St., Burlington, rdnhgh.com
- Matthew Thorsen
- Ridin' High
Before you shred the skate park or barrel down Pearl Street on your longboard, visit this funky shop for the latest in skateboards, longboards and, most importantly, protective gear.
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.
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.