Recreation Outdoors

Skis, Skates, Bikes, & Boards: Where to Get the Winter Gear You Need

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V1 Staff, photos by Andrea Paulseth |

Eau Claire Outdoors, 225 N. Barstow St., Eau Claire.
Eau Claire Outdoors, 225 N. Barstow St., Eau Claire.

Ready to hit the slopes – or the single track, the trail, the rink, or any other snow and ice-covered surface? Then read on for our list of Chippewa Valley retailers that can meet your outdoor recreational equipment needs. (And if we missed somebody, feel free to let us know at

BPM SKIS • 146th St., Chippewa Falls • bpmskis.comBear Paw Manufacturing (BPM) is a family-owned and operated custom ski manufacturer. The company goal is to create a custom-designed ski for an individual, using locally sourced wood, and the best composites and components available. They also offer ski lessons and free demo days to try out their skis.

EAU CLAIRE OUTDOORS • 225 N. Barstow St., Eau Claire • eauclaireoutdoors.comEau Claire Outdoors is a newly-opened outdoor-centric shop in downtown Eau Claire. The shop has equipment from tents and gear to snowshoes, cross country skis, kayaks, canoes, and more. Plus, you can rent items like snowshoes, cross country skies, camp stoves, sleeping bags, and more at affordable prices.

DUNHAM SPORTS • 1501 Broadway St. N., Menomonie • dunhamssports.comMenomonie’s sports emporium, which sells an array of equipment including some bikes, snowboards, ice skates, snowshoes, snow tubes, and more.

ERIK’S BIKE BOARD SKI • 4130 Commonwealth Ave., Eau Claire • eriksbikeshop.comWith 30 shops throughout the Midwest, Erik’s sells all of your essentials from snowboard boots to car racks. So whether you need new accessories for your bike, a new snowboard, or maybe just advice on your next adventure, Erik’s has you covered.

OUTTHERE • 502 N. Main St., Rice Lake • outthereshop.comA gear supplier for Nordic skiing and ski racing. They also have a small inn for racing teams to stay while they train.

PASSION BOARD SHOP • 218 N. Dewey St., Eau Claire • Claire’s downtown destination for all things skateboarding. Pick up apparel, accessories, parts, safety gear, and check out their board selection.

PLAY IT AGAIN SPORTS • 3561 Gateway Drive, Eau Claire • The biggest retailer of second-hand rec equipment in the area, including bikes, skates, skateboards, sports, fitness, skiis, snowboards, running equipment, and more.

RIVERSIDE BIKE & SKATE • 937 Water St., Eau Claire • •  Riverside Bike & Skate is a well-known community partner throughout the Chippewa Valley, with connections to the CORBA, the UW-Eau Claire Hockey Team, and more. They offer sales of ever-popular winter and spring products and accessories, and Riverside stands out with repair services of all sorts.

SCHEELS • 4710 Golf Road, (Oakwood Mall), Eau Claire • Easily the biggest and most comprehensive outdoor outfitter in the Chippewa Valley, Scheels has everything you need for your winter recreation joy like snowshoes, cross-country skiis, fat tire bikes, skates, snowboards, and more.

SHIFT CYCLERY & COFFEE BAR • 615 Graham Ave., Eau Claire • eaushift.comShop for some new biking gear, get your bike repaired or tuned up, and enjoy craft coffee drinks at this swanky downtown spot.

SIMPLE SPORTS • 400 Main St. E, Menomonie • Menomonie for 20-plus years, Simple Sports focuses on the seasons outside of the cold and icy. With plenty of options on bikes from new to used, rentals and sales are popular to the Menomonie community. You can also find accessories for bikes, as well as hockey equipment, and even disc golf gear. From tune ups to rentals, Simple Sports remains a specialty to the area.

SPRING STREET SPORTS • 12 W. Spring St., Chippewa Falls • Spring Street Sports is a do-it-all recreation shop, specialized in sales, rentals, service, and information about snowsports (snowboards, cross-country skiis, and snowshoes) and bicycles. Aside from the services, SSS has great information on the trails of Chippewa and Eau Claire countires. The rental rates, as listed on their site, are very affordable for any adventure that may await.

STACHE BIKE & ADVENTURE • 414 N. Farwell St., Eau Claire •“If You Can Break It, We Can Fix It” reads Stache’s website. Serving the community since 2019, Stache provides repair services on boards, bikes, shoes, wheels, and even sunglasses! With a series of testimonials and great reviews, Staches will have you back on the trails and slopes in no time.