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Know Your Dealer | City Garage

Know Your Dealer: Baker Street Snow

Name: Trey Clauss

Position: Team Leader

Shop: The City Garage

Website/Social:  www.citygarageskishop.com, @Thecitygarage

Location: Ellicottville, NY

Years in Business: 20 years

Years Carrying Full Tilt: From the start!

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Tell us a little bit about yourself and The City Garage:

I started in 2001, fresh out of high school. Wax tech in training was my position. Fast forward to 2019 and people think I am the owner! Well, I kind of am, but I don’t pay the bills…yet! City Garage opened in 1999 was founded by Sean Lowes. People thought he was crazy. This is now our 20th year of selling skis. We’ve been keeping kids off of snowboards since 99 :).

What is the ski scene like around New York?

We are in the heart of ski country, New York style. Lake effect storms can bring in feet of snow. We are an eclectic group of skiers, a melting pot of sorts. We ski it all. Tele, moguls, trees, hard carving groomers, and whatever else the conditions bring about!  When it snows we’ll see ya in the trees! Talking big!

How long have you been carrying Full Tilt?

Since the start! And we carried Raichle’s before that.

Which boot have you been most psyched about carrying? Which boots do well?

The Dropkick has been crushing it for years. We love how customizable it is and how easy it easy for any young skier to become accustomed to. It will flex and fit the right way for any customer over the right amount of time.

What is the most rewarding part about owning/ working at City Garage?

It all comes down to making people smile and getting them excited to ski. Building relationships that turn into friendships. Oh, and the deals are gear definitely don’t suck either.

What is one thing that makes City Garage a unique shop?

One word. VIBE. We are a collective of misfits that love our shop. People come in from all over the world, and we want them to remember their experience at City Garage.

 

Know Your Dealer | Baker Street Snow

Know Your Dealer: Baker Street Snow

Name: Cody Hopkins

Position: Owner

Shop: Baker Street Snow

Website/Social:  Bakerstsnow.com, @Bakerstsnow

Location: Costa Mesa CA

Years in Business: 5 years

Years Carrying Full Tilt: 5 years

 

Tell us a little bit about yourself and Baker Street Snow:

I have been in the industry for 17 years now. I Started out scraping skis and cleaning machines at Peter Glenn in Orange County. They went out of business after my first season and Stefan Kaelin Ski & Golf came in. They gave me the opportunity to start mounting skis and eventually, I became the shop manager. Six years later the economy took a crap and at the same time internet sales were taking a toll on ski shops, so they shut down too.

Phil over at Phil’s Ski and Snowboard (Costa Mesa) recruited me after that. After managing Phil’s for 5 years I started selling hard goods out of his rental and tune shop as well as managing his store. I started out super small and within 5 years Baker Street had grown to carrying over 20 of the best brands.

We have the best selection in Orange County as well as selling across the country on our website. We owe all our success to these shops, awesome reps, and our epic customers and supporters!

What is the ski scene like around Southern California?

The ski scene is very alive and well! We have lots of resorts close by! We get every kind of skier here. That is why we love Full Tilt! We sell Full Tilt to the park rats that will only get the Classic and Dropkick, the mom or dad that want something comfortable to perform, and the  80-year olds that are blown away that you don’t have to struggle your ass off to get your boots on.

How long have you been carrying Full Tilt?

5 years now! Since the start!!

Which boot have you been most psyched about carrying? Which boots do well?

We absolutely kill it with the Descendant line! Especially the Descendant 6 and 8! We get a lot of wide footed people wearing flip-flops half of the year and these just amaze them! First Chair 6, 8 and 10 do great as well. The lady’s love the ease of entry, comfort and performance also!

What is the most rewarding part about owning/ working at Baker Street Snow?

The main thing would have to be doing what we love! We work our asses off for 9 month’s but at least it’s alongside the other best Ski Shop in town ( Phil’s Ski and Board.) My best friend who passed away, his little brother that I’ve known since he was 5, is my manager. All my employees are friends, and my wife does the books! It’s one big dysfunctional family haha! I love the ski industry and so grateful to be a part of it!

What is one thing that makes Baker Street Snow a unique shop?

We’re a small shop STACKED to the ceiling with so much gear it will blow your mind!! We only do Ski and Board. We don’t sell snorkels or rollerblades. We live winter!

We’re just getting started! #BAKERSTREETFORLIFE

Know Your Dealer | Julen-Sport

Know Your Dealer: Julen-Sport Zermatt

Name: Lee

Position: Bootfitter

Shop: Julensport

Websitewww.julensport.ch

Instagram: @Julensportzermatt

Location: Zermatt, Switzerland

Years in Business: 62

Years Carrying Full Tilt: 11

 

Tell us a little bit about yourself and Julen-Sport Zermatt:

We are a premier ski shop located at the foot of the world famous Matterhorn. Julen-Sport was established in 1958 by professional Skier Martin Julen Senior. In 1984, his son, Max Julen won the Giant Slalom Olympic Gold in Sarajevo, giving rise to the name “Julensport The Olympic Champion Store”. In 1987, Martin’s other son Martin Julen Jr took over the business from his father and continues to run the business to this date with his wife Katja.

With over 40 years of expertise and experience, Julen-Sport has really established itself as the number one place to go for boot fitting in Switzerland. The rental department consists of the best and the highest quality skis to offer our clients, while it goes without saying, the snowboard department is probably the best in all of Switzerland. Finally, our clothing range caters from the exquisite luxury skier to the hang loose park rat.

 

Kazakstan Mogul Team
Photo Courtesy of JulenSport and the Kazakhstan Mogul Team

What is the ski scene like around Julen-Sport Zermatt?

Winter is extremely busy in Zermatt. A lot of rich and famous people come here to ski and enjoy this amazing environment. Zermatt has over 200km of skiable terrain with the longest run being 25km, but as we also have the connection to Cervina, Italy, and it gives the resort access to more than 360km of skiable terrain! That’s not counting the real estate that the backcountry and off-piste terrain consist of.

Summer is less busy but more personal. Due to the location and altitude, we have a summer glacier which allows for some amazing summer skiing. This Glacier paradise has a dedicated summer park, Mogul course and race piste which attracts many of the world’s top athletes to come to Zermatt and train during their offseason. This gives way to a great opportunity to meet them either up on the hill, where you can see what they do up close and personal, or when they come by the store after a day on the glacier.

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Photo Courtesy of JulenSport and the Kazakhstan Mogul Team

How many athletes have you fitted with Full Tilts? Can you tell us about some of these amazing athletes?

Bwoah…? Hard to say, lots, too many to mention. haha. This year we had the pleasure of meeting and fitting Henrik Harlaut and Phil Cassabon, (well we gave them the boots, they put them on and they were good to go) crazy guys.

What I can say though is for the last several years we have been helping and fitting many of the top Mogul athletes from all over the world. These include Marika Pertakhiya, Anastasiia Smirnova of Russia, Lea Bouard, and Katherina Foerster of Germany to name a few.

But the relationship that has really grown over time and the ones we are proud to have and call our friends is with the Kazakhstan Mogul Team. These guys and gals are some of the coolest and most humble people I have ever met. It started many years ago when Coach Yelena Kruglykhina came into our store needing boots for two of her Athletes, Pavel Kolmakov and Yuliya Galysheva. In the following years, this relationship would further develop and we would meet Coach Viktor Reikherd and his brother/ athlete Dmitriy “the destroyer” Reikherd.

Last year we got to meet and fit the whole Kazakhstan team (14 in total), from the Juniors right up to the top Dogs that I mentioned above. We are immensely proud to be involved and part of what they do and working together to grow the Full Tilt Family together.

 

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Photo Courtesy of JulenSport and the Kazakhstan Mogul Team

 

Why do you choose Full Tilts so often when fitting these athletes?

Because they are awesome? 🙂 Full Tilt is just an all-round great boot, always has been and always will be, and in a market environment where all boots are so similar, it’s nice to have a genuine alternative. Full Tilt offers a warm, progressive and responsive fit which is both dynamic and versatile, it also gives great dampening which makes it a first choice for the freestyle athlete but works for the exclusive too.

What is the most rewarding part about working in Julensport Zermatt?

Working for such a reputable and established business is a great honor. With Zermatt being such an international destination we get to meet so many cool and interesting people from around the world including all of these amazing athletes that come here to train and thus we are able to work with. So it’s fair to say, that being part of this Julensport family and being able to contribute and push the industry forward makes me immensely proud. That and the 6 figure paycheck 😉

What Full Tilt Boot is your favorite?

All of them, its like saying which is your favorite child, its not fair to choose, all of them are unique.

 

Photo Courtesy of JulenSport and the Kazakhstan Mogul Team
Juliya Galysheva Full Tilt Boots
Photo Courtesy of JulenSport and the Kazakhstan Mogul Team