Get in Gear

by Hilary Shandonay
Model_ Kristen Lee Photographer_ Andrius

Photo by Andrius Kirdeikis

How lucky are we to be a place with four seasons, a playground full of outdoor activities for every season, and local businesses that supply us with the gear we need? If you’re hitting the slopes, don’t wait in line at the hill for rentals! Local Squamish stores have you covered!



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Urban Alpine:  Located in Garibaldi Village, Urban Alpine doesn’t just have gear to wear to the hill, they also have snowshoe, ski and board rentals that are extremely affordable. You can also bring your children’s gear back when they’ve outgrown it. “Urban Alpine's Jr Buyback Program helps families keep their growing kids in gear that fits at a reasonable price,” their website states. “How it works: Buy your child new skis and/or ski boots at Urban Alpine. The next year, when your child has grown
out of their gear, bring it back and we will give you 50% of what you paid towards the next size up of new skis and/or ski boots. EXAMPLE: Buy a pair of new skis for $250... at the beginning of the next season when your child has grown out of them, bring them back to us and you will get $125 credit towards a new pair of skis that fits.”


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Climb On Equipment & Gear Exchange

Climb On Equipment & Gear Exchange: If you’re into alpine climbing or mountaineering, this is the place for you. Here, you can rent crampons and ice axes. Outdoor winter activities isn’t your thing? No one is judging! They have a variety of used and new climbing equipment that is waiting to go to the climbing gym down the road (Ground Up Climbing Centre: 1201 Commercial Pl #207, Squamish, BC V8B 0V1). You can also rent climbing shoes, climbing harnesses, helmets and bouldering mats. They also have gear for the kids! “We rent kids' climbing shoes, harnesses, and helmets. Kids age 12 and under will get the half day price even for their first day! (The Kids' Half Day rate excludes bouldering pads),” their website explains.

Escape Route: Located in Squamish and Whistler, Escape Route has your winter gear needs in check. They have brands such as Arc’teryx, Osprey, Salomon, Mammut, Black Diamond, Mountain Hardware, the list goes on. They also offer an have an array of rentals such as e-bikes (for the non-snowy days), roof top tents and winter climbing equipment.



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Whistler Blackcomb Outlet Store: Looking to buy new gear but not wanting to spend an arm and a leg? The Whistler Blackcomb has you covered. There is a variety of brands at a discounted price such as Patagonia, Columbia and North Face. This store is constantly being restocked with an array of items for every season, including tents, shoes, packs, mittens, hats, socks, and anything else you’d need for the elements at a discounted price.

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Great variety and prices at the Whistler Blackcomb Outlet Store.


Urban Alpine

40262 Glenalder Pl. 

Garibaldi Estates, BC

Climb On Equipment & Gear

38167 Second Ave

Downtown Squamish, BC

Escape Route 

40222 Glenalder

Garibaldi Estates, BC

Whistler Blackcomb Outlet 

#101-40147 Glenalder Pl 

Garibaldi Estates, BC