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. 

Looking for Kids Winter Programming in 2021?

Evolve Snow Camps 2021

Yep, that’s right. 2021 is just around the corner. And with winter approaching, your kids can get stoked for snow camps!

Evolve is the ultimate place to look for winter programming for kids ages 6-15. We offer freestyle, park, team and March break programs for both skiing and snowboarding. Our programs run on Saturdays in January, February, and March at the largest family-owned ski resort in Southern Ontario – Mount St. Louis-Moonstone (MSLM).

Let’s make 2021 a healthy and awesome year. Whether your kids will be learning a new skill or honing their craft, hitting the slopes will be a great way to stay ahead of the winter blues. 

How do your kids want to Evolve in the new year?

My Kids Want to Ski this Winter!

Are your kids new to skiing or just starting out? Evolve provides skiers of every skill level the opportunity to improve and train with Ontario’s best instructors. Click here to learn more about Evolve’s ski lessons.

Are your kids seasoned skiers looking to land their next trick? Evolve also provides more advanced skiers the opportunity to learn freestyle techniques – from basic terrain park fundamentals to fine tuning the most technical tricks. Click here to learn more about Evolve’s freestyle skiing programs.

Evolve Ski Lessons 2021

 

My Kids Want to Snowboard this Winter! 

Are your kids new to snowboarding or just starting out? Evolve provides snowboarders of every skill level the opportunity to improve and train with Ontario’s best instructors. Click here to learn more about Evolve’s snowboard lessons.

Are your kids seasoned snowboarders looking to land their next trick? Evolve also provides more advanced snowboarders the opportunity to learn freestyle techniques – from basic terrain park fundamentals to fine tuning the most technical tricks. Click here to learn more about Evolve’s freestyle snowboarding programs.

Evolve Snowboard 2021

 

Evolve Snow Camps coaches and staff work as a team to create a friendly and fun experience for everyone involved.

How Do My Kids Get to the Hill?

Our programs include busing from various locations in Toronto, York Region, Mississauga, Thornhill, Richmond Hill and Barrie. However, you may also drop off and pick up your children before and after camp at MSLM, by signing them in and out with us. Please visit our FAQ for more information regarding busing. 

Evolve Bus 2021

COVID-19 Policies & Safety Precautions

We’ve adapted our procedures to ensure the safest possible camp experience for everyone. Please read about it here to stay informed.

 

Evolve Summer Camp Begins!

Summer 6ixteen! Evolve Summer Camp Begins…

Evolve Summer Camp Begins! We kicked off the first day of camp at Markham skatepark. From the beginners to the advanced, everyone had a blast riding the park. As always, there was some fun activities to be a part of, such as the slack rope line! At the end of the day, campers cooled off with some good ole chocolatèSee you guys tomorrow at Iceland skatepark!

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The Scooter camp getting ready for the day!

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Hanging by the quarterpipes.
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All about the basics.
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Julian’s group getting hyped to start the day!

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Campers learned about the different ways to stop on the board.

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Learning how to properly balance on a skateboard.

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Learning some flat ground maneuvers at the basketball court!
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Scooters planning their route the bowl!
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Thilaksion’s group posin for the camera!

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Jacob getting gnar with a board slide up the rail!
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The advanced group are definitely Skate Savants!
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Jovel’s group, showing the stoke, and getting everyone hyped for the first day back!
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Did someone say Chocolat-ay?
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Julian and his campers trying out the Indo board!
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Buttery hop down the step-up gap!
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Practicing tail whips up the step-up gap!
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Slack rope was fun but challenging!

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Campers definitely hyped on Jacobs air over nine boards!

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Markham Mayhem: Evolve SnowCamps picks up in your area

The Awesome Mont Saint Louis moonstone has the best park in the east and you just WISH you could go there every week?

 

Problem is, finding a ride there is tough no?

 

Lucky for you, you’ve got Evolve Snow Camps to help you out.

 

Evolve Snow Camps picks up in your area! We take you right to the base of the hill, and then return you back to your homebase in the evenings.

 

Our bus route stops in the Marham area, offering comfort and convenience to our campers. Ride along with your coaches, watch some rad ski and snowboard videos on the way, and hang out with your new camp friends while you commute.

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Once at the hill, join one of our sweet programs and improve your skills to impress your friends and parents on the slopes.

 

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For The Snowboarders:

 

We offer lessons for beginner, intermediate, and advanced riders. Beginners will learn basic techniques like turning, balance, and getting on and off a chairlift within a few weeks time. Intermediate riders focus on improving their fundamental skills and challenging harder blue runs. Advanced Riders focus on carving, freeriding, and jumping small scale jumps.

 

We also offer the YOLO program, and the freestyle program for shredders.

 

The YOLO program is an intermediate/advanced program for riders looking to break into the freestyle front. It is a program for snowboarders that have the basics down pat, who want an introduction to basic park features so that they are ready to tackle the big boys in in the following season. YOLO riders are preping themselves for the Freestyle program the following year. The Freestyle Snowboarding Program focuses on different aspects of freestyle: freeriding, park, pipe or any discipline variation.

 

For the Skiers:

 

Ski Lessons are offered for Skiers of beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels – as well as skiers interested in our YOLO or freestyle programs,

 

Beginner skiers learn to control their skis on flat terrain, before learning to mount the chairlift and tackle green routes. Intermediate skiers are introduced to poles and speed control, while taking on blue runs. Advanced skiers learn to parallel ski on black.

 

For those interested in freestyle skiing, our YOLO program allows skiers to continue their progression into the basics of the snowpark. They try out natural features, slowly building to basic features in the snow park. The following year, they may advance to our freestyle program where they tackle advanced park and freeskiing.

 

Thornhill Snow Bunnies

Did you know that you live in one of our most popular pick up locations? That’s right. Thornhill Woods is a busy stop for us.

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And it no doubt why. You guys are rad skiers and snowboarders. Some of the best talent in the city can be found in your hood!

 

On Saturdays and Sundays we stop at the Thornhill Woods Public School around 7:45 am, picking up campers and taking them up to Mount St. Louis Moonstone. The bus ride is awesome: good company and sweet videos to get you stoked. We ride on coach busses from the Ontario Motor Coach Association. Buses are equipped with washrooms, and television screens.

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Once at the hill, you get to partake in one of our sweet programs! Learn the basics of skiing and snowboarding through our beginner lessons available, and watch yourself improve through to becoming an advanced skier or rider.

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You can also give our YOLO or freestyle program a try and branch out into the free skiing and free-riding community.

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Return home around 4:45 pm, and then, if you’re keen for day 2, feel free to join us Sundays as well as Saturdays!