Your Guide to Buying Kids Skis & Snowboards in Toronto/GTA

Buying your kids skis or snowboards this year?

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Buying local is always better when it comes to purchasing action sports equipment. This is because the person running your local shop is guaranteed to have a wealth of experience, knowledge of your sport, and will always have the best products on hand. As well, local shops often offer equipment exchange or buy back programs,

During these times, local business have adapted how you can shop safely with them. Here’s a list of local business who will be happy to help set you up for snow camps this year.

The Sign Toronto

The Sign Toronto is a family owned business dedicated  to their long tradition of quality customer care. They carry the best brands in winter sports, and work hands-on with each partner to ensure each item we carry is the highest quality and fit. Their team members are all trained to answer questions accurately about every brand they carry, so they can find the right solution for you.

Location: Midtown Toronto
Address: 2794 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4N 2J2
Phone Number: (416) 488-2118

Ski or Snowboard?: Ski

The Sign Toronto Buying Guide

Website: thesigntoronto.com

*Beginning Monday, November 23, The Sign Toronto will still be open for business with a series of accommodations to meet all your equipment and clothing needs. Please call or email thesigntoronto@gmail.com with questions and to book a personal appointment.

BOARDSPORTS 

Location: East York
Address: 105 Vanderhoof Ave, East York, ON M4G 2H7
Phone Number: (416) 485-9463

BOARDSPORTS is Toronto’s premiere board sports supply shop.  The staff at Boardsports are always excited to get people out riding, and want to make sure you’re safe and comfortable doing it. You can conveniently shop for kids snow gear online on BOARDSPORTS’ website, and call the store if you need assistance. They ship items Canada-wide, and within the continental United States. They also offer Free Canada Post Expedited Shipping on orders over $99.99 within Canada! In their snow section, you can find kids gear underneath the gender category, labeled as “youth”. There are SO many awesome deals going on right now at BOARDSPORTS, head on over to their website to check it all out!

Ski or Snowboard?: Snowboard

Website: boardsports.ca

*Beginning Monday, November 23rd: To help prevent the spread of Covid-19 and in accordance with Ontario Provincial Government Lockdown Regulations, the store is temporarily closed to the public. The tentative reopening date is Monday December 21st. As usual, orders can be placed (and paid for) online or over the phone. Orders will ship, or curbside pickup (at our backdoor) is available during store hours. We process online orders for curbside pickup very fast (typically within 1 hour).

Sanction Skate & Snow 

Location: Thornhill
Address: 330 Steeles Ave W unit a1, Thornhill, ON L4J 6W9
Phone Number: (905) 738-8644

Sanction is proudly Canadian. Independently owned and operated by people who love skateboarding and snowboarding. Since 2008 Sanction has worked tirelessly to provide the very best customer service, selection and experience to customers. Their staff will be stoked to get your kids on a board!

Ski or Snowboard?: Snowboard

Website: sanctionsnow.com

Station Ski & Ride

Location: Markham
Address: 227 Main St N, Markham, ON L3P 1Y6
Phone Number: (905) 471-7547

Station Ski & Ride is your local world class source for all things Ski, Snowboard & Clothing during the Winter season. They pride themselves on product knowledge and quality, and on providing exceptional customer service and expert support. Station Ski & Ride staff has over 25 years in the Ski industry and the whole team has a passion for Winter Sport.

Ski or Snowboard?: Both!

Website: stationskiandride.com

Corbett’s

Location: Oakville
Address: 120 Speers Rd, Oakville, ON L6K 2E7
Phone Number: (905) 845-1561

Corbett’s Ski & Snowboard is an incredible Oakville storefront and online retailer offering a remarkable selection of kids skis & snowboards, and so much more. They also offers a junior exchange program, giving you an affordable way to let your children’s winter equipment keep up with their growing skills. Corbett’s has listed their new health and safety policies here on their website, in order for you to prepare for an in-person visit for sizing. Otherwise, buying your new snow gear is super easy on their amazing, user-friendly website. 

Ski or Snowboard?: Both!

Website: corbetts.com

Gates & Boards

Location: Barrie
Address: 580 Bayfield St, Barrie, ON L4M 5A3
Phone Number:  (705) 721-4653

Gates and Boards is a family owned and operated independent ski and snowboard shop, located in Barrie, Ontario. They are recognized as an industry leader, offering the latest world-class ski and snowboard products and expert customer service for over 20 years. The staff at gates & board would love to assist you with all your ski, snowboard and winter lifestyle needs. They also offer a junior equipment 1/2 back program.

Ski or Snowboard?: Both!

Gates Barrie Buying

Website: gatesandboards.com

 

We wish you all the best in gearing up for snow camps. If you ever need more guidance with buying new gear, don’t hesitate to reach out to info@evolvecamps.com and we will be happy to help point you in the right direction. 

Evolve Snow Camp Picture Update 2017 ~ Finally!

Evolve Snow Camp has been off to a great season! Campers are already making huge improvements in both skiing and snowboarding skills and having tons of fun. We know we’ve been a little behind on posting photos this season, but as of this past weekend we are on it! We only took photos on Sunday because we had camera issues on Saturday morning but be sure to bring your smiles for next Saturday too! Next week we will be showing more photos and showcasing our staff for 2017. 

Enjoy and feel free to share with your friends on social media. Be sure to tag @evolvecamps

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Ski and Snowboard Clips to get you AMPED for CAMP

Ski and Snowboard Clips to Get You AMPED for CAMP

The first weekend of camp hype is building up here at the Evolve Camps headquarters! We’re busy finalizing arrangements in order to make this season the best one yet.

In a few sleeps our campers will be waking up early, getting on the coach bus and heading on their way to Mount St Louis Moonstone. They’ll hit the slopes and improve their ski or snowboard skills from the help of our awesome instructors. We can’t wait for our campers to test out our new promo ski’s and boards from our buds at Lib Tech and Armada.

To get you pumped for the first day of camp we’ve posted a few short clips, check em’ out below!

 

snowboard clips

If you have any last minute questions, give us a call at 416.619.4521 and we’d be happy to help you out.

 

Evolve Snow Camp Tips for First Timers

Evolve Snow Camp Tips for First Timers

First time hitting the slopes with Evolve this winter? We’re super stoked to have you join the family! Heres some tricks of the trade to make your time at camp as smooth as possible.

Check Weather Conditions to Determine How to Dress

On cold days you’ll definitely want to bundle up. Although keep in mind that exercising in the snow means your body will get warmer as your session goes on, so don’t wear too many clothes underneath your gear. If you’re unsure, take an extra layer and keep it in your bag incase you need it.

ski camp weather conditions

Eat Breakfast

Doing physical activity without food in your system is never a good idea and for skiing and snowboarding its no exception. Make sure to either eat at home before heading to the bus drop off or pack something to eat for the bus ride up.

eat breakfast before camp

Bring Bus Entertainment

Pack some dvd’s (we also like to bring ski/snowboard movies to hype up the bus), a book, mp3, playing cards, or anything that would keep you occupied for the bus ride up to camp. Pro tip: making friends on your bus is a great way to stay entertained, don’t be shy to talk to someone new!

bring bus entertainment for ride to camp

Bring Snacks

At Evolve we promote healthy living, which means packing healthy snacks and healthy lunches. Pack snacks to refuel throughout the day or for the bus ride home. Energy-boosting snacks like granola or protein bars are are great to bring. Just as you should be eating periodically throughout the day, you should also be drinking often as well so pack some drinks like water or gatorade.

pack snacks for camp

Ask Questions!

Our instructors are there to help you build skills. Take advantage of their expertise and ask any questions you have. If you’re not understanding a certain technique, just ask your instructor for some extra advice on how to get it right. They will also be watching you and providing feedback on their own.

ask questions at camp

Make New Friends

Although its a skiing and snowboarding is solo sport, campers are put in groups by their age and skill level. On the first day of camp our staff ensure that all campers get to know each other. There are plenty of opportunities to meet new people from the moment you step on the bus to the time you get home. Friends make camp much more fun!

make new friends at camp

 SEE YOU SOON!!!

 

Facts About Mount St Louis Moonstone

Facts About Mount St Louis Moonstone

Camp is about two and a half weeks away! We are beyond excited to be back with all of our campers, staff and parent supervisors. As you know (or should know by now), Evolve Snow Camps takes place at Mount St Louis Moonstone. From Toronto it is just over an hour drive to the hill which is located north of Barrie.

For new Evolve Camps campers and parents who may be unfamiliar with Mount St Louis Moonstone, here are some facts to get you familiar with the resort.

Trail guide for Mount St Louis Moonstone
This is the trail guide for Mount St Louis Moonstone to get familiar with the slopes. Our staff will always be guiding campers down the runs.

What the resort offers

  • Mount St. Louis Moonstone offers day and night riding. If you want to meet your child at the end of their lessons and go night skiing, their ticket allows for it!
  • There are two base chalets with cafeterias on both ends of the hills.
  • Rental are available if needed with top of the line skis, snowboards and snowblades available for you.
  • There are also shops and boutiques to purchase gear.
  • Mount St. Louis Moonstone has the most advanced snowmaking system in Canada.
  • There are no accommodations on the property but there are hotels near by.
  • The season runs from December through to March depending on weather conditions.

Hill Stats

  • Mount St Louis Moonstone has 36 runs, 13 lifts (of those two being six person lifts).
  • 35% of the runs are geared towards beginners, 50% for intermediates and 15% for expert skiers/snowboarders.
  • Vertical Drop – 550 ft
  • Half Pipes – 2 (groomed by Zaugg super pipe machine)
  • Terrain Parks – 3 (SkooL YaRd Grom Terrain Park for learning, Junkyard Progression Park for entry level rider, Outback Super Park for the advanced rider)
  • Snowmaking – 100 percent
  • Longest Run – 2 km
  • Ski-able Terrain – 170 acres

Click HERE to read some FAQ’s

Click HERE to take a look at a live feed of whats going on at the hill from various spots

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