Jerrod Aragon, of Architectural Hardwood Floors, cleans up the space where Steamboat Ski and Bike Kare will open a mountain location in addition to its downtown storefront. Owner Harry Martin plans to open the shop on Dec. 23.

Photo by John F. Russell

Jerrod Aragon, of Architectural Hardwood Floors, cleans up the space where Steamboat Ski and Bike Kare will open a mountain location in addition to its downtown storefront. Owner Harry Martin plans to open the shop on Dec. 23.

Steamboat Ski and Bike Kare is opening mountain location

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Editor's note: This story has been corrected to reflect that the space is 1,200 square feet and the sale closed in late October or early November.

Steamboat Ski and Bike Kare is opening a shop at One Steamboat Place at the base of the ski mountain.

Only a couple of months after another One Steamboat Place shop, Fleischer Sport, made the move to open a downtown location, Ski and Bike Kare is working the other way and taking over what used to be the marketplace area in the front of Truffle Pig.

Steamboat Ski and Bike Kare owner Harry Martin said he plans to open Dec. 23. The deal closed in late October or early November.

The 1,200-square-foot retail space is steps away from Fleischer Sport and Surefoot and only around the corner from the rest of the mountain retail offerings.

“We’ll fit in real well. We’re competing with them now,” Martin said about going up against the two established businesses in the same strip.

The Steamboat Ski and Bike Kare mountain location will focus on skis, bindings and boots — there will be another Fischer Vacuum Fit machine there — but won’t do any clothing retail.

If a customer buys boots at the downtown location, refitting or tweaks will be able to be done at the mountain location, Martin said. The shop also will do rentals and will have a new fleet of Fischer, Atomic and Salomon demo skis this season.

In the summer, the location will transition to a “gravity-oriented bike shop,” Martin said.

He plans to rent and sell downhill bikes and armor for the trail system being expanded by Steamboat Ski Area. The shop also will have an experienced bike technician for any gear casualties.

Martin said the thing that sets his shop apart has always been customer service.

“We’re going to have our staff work shifts in both stores,” he said, to get it “working the same and having the same service in each store.”

Right now, construction is under way in the rush to be ready before Christmas.

“We’ve been putting signs up,” he said. “We’ve been trying to tell everyone.”

Martin said he would have liked to be open earlier, but “that’s when they wanted to sell the space.”

“I’ve wanted a space up on the mountain for 18 years,” he said.

To reach Michael Schrantz, call 970-871-4206 or email mschrantz@SteamboatToday.com

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