Our first of many featured ski shops is Vista Bahn Ski Rentals. Its’ name comes from it’s proximity to the Vista Bahn lift in Vail, Colorado. The lift has since been replaced with Gondola One but the name remains. This shop is right in Vail Village and one of the closest skis shops to the mountain. Vista Bahn is also a Liberty Demo Center, so if you find yourself in Vail- it’s the perfect place to try out a new model. We love this shop not only because they are good pals of ours but also because they keep all of our skis tuned to perfection. If you buy one of our Limited Edition Variant CAICs, they will be hand tuned at this shop by Olympian and former US Ski Team Member Sacha Gros. We caught up with Sacha to ask him a few questions about Vista Bahn Ski Rentals.
Date Opened: We opened in 1977 when my parents took a gamble and opened Colorado Ski Service. My sister, Dominique, and I took over Vista Bahn Ski Rentals in 2005.
What distinguishes you from other businesses in your category? All of our tuners have a lot of experience compared to the average shop and we hand finish our tunes, we want to be sure the skier gets what they want and need. We also provide storage and tons of rental options so we can keep our customers happy in all the snow conditions.
Who are some of the typical customers of your shop? We have customers from all over the country along with international families, but we also do a lot of tuning for locals. Vail really brings people from everywhere and we’re happy to see our customers keep coming back!
What do you like best about your line of work? Skiing, learning about new technology and being surrounded by people who share that interest.
What is your business’ biggest challenge? Renting out my own sweet Liberties on a powder day instead of skiing on them myself…
What is your favorite place to ski? Gandy Dancer on Friday morning, but lately my favorite is taking my 3.5 year old up and watching him refuse to snowplow
Something people might be surprised to learn about you or your business: We have a liquor license, next time you’re in, ask is for a beer, they’re cheap too!
If your shop had a theme song, what would it be? Seems like Ween is on pandora most of the time.