Where are the best snowboarding shops in the UK? Read on and find out…
Snowboarding shops are a rare thing nowadays in the UK, but more crucial than ever. While there are plenty of online outlets to buy a good snowboard from, you need good snowboarding shops for that personal, real life advice that you can only get face-to-face.
Whether you are looking for a new snowboard, snowboarding helmet or just a new pair of bindings, these are the guys who will talk to you about your riding ability and select the best kit for you.
We’ve put together a selection of some of the best snowboarding shops in the UK. Find out which ones are near you below.
THE SNOWBOARD ASYLUM
10-12 Southampton St, London WC2E 7HA
The Snowboard Asylum (TSA) is probably one of the biggest and most well-known snowboarding shops in the UK. It’s part of Ellis Brigham which is a popular chain of outdoors and mountaineering shops. They have a vast selection of gear plus plenty of experienced shop assistants to help you choose the right snowboarding gear for the upcoming winter.
Absolute Snow has been a pioneering online snowboarding shop since 2004. Their bricks and mortar shop is just five minutes from The Snow Centre in Hemel Hempstead, one of the best indoor snow centres in the UK. It’s a small shop, but don’t be deceived. They have an unbelievably 30,000 items in stock. Sit at one of their computers, choose a snowboard or a snowboarding jacket and the staff will bring it out to you. You can combine online shopping with the specialist personal advice from the experienced shop assistants.
If you live in Buckinghamshire, then Sputnik is the snowboarding shop you need to visit. It was born at the Wycombe Summit Dry Ski Slope back in 1999. Today it is still a rider run, rider owned snowboard shop with a passion for dry slope snowboarding. The guys here will be able to help you put together a setup that’s right for you based on your riding experience. If you or any of your friends are looking for a great skiing shop nearby, check out Ski Bartlett.
Scottish snowboarders know that the Freeze Pro Shop is one of the best snowboarding shops in the UK. These guys only stock the best snowboarding, surfing and skate gear. If they don’t like the way it rides, they won’t put it in store. Freeze has a huge selection of snowboarding gear plus you can get your stick serviced here too. You’ll always experience excellent customer service at Freeze. Hey, these guys may even become your mates if you spend enough time chatting to them.
Trafford Way, Trafford Quays Leisure Village, Manchester M41 7JA
Subvert is a Manchester institution. Located inside the Chill Factore, it’s one of the country’s leading independent snowboarding shops. They offer friendly, non-commission based advice from sales staff who love snowboarding and want your equipment to serve you well on the mountain. You’ll often spot these guys shredding in the dome after work. If you are based over in Yorkshire, head to their partner store in Castleford.
Snow+Rock started out as a specialist skiing and snowboarding shop in 1982 and they are still just as passionate today. They have an excellent selection of snowboarding gear and their shops are especially convenient for those who live in London. There are seven branches of Snow+Rock in London alone. With 30 years of experience behind them, they really understand what their customers want in terms of good service and quality kit.
The Board Basement is an awesome snowboarding shop, particularly if you live in the south-west of England. These guys understand that snowboarding is not a cheap sport and will help you get the best price for your snowboarding gear without compromising on quality. With 20 years experience in the snowboarding industry, they will find you the best deals and offer top advice on the kit that will suit you.
Tucked away in the far north of Scotland, Granite Reef is one of Scotland’s best independent surf/skate/snowboarding shops. These guys will get you hooked up with all your snowboarding gear needs – whether it’s a new board or snowboarding boots – and offer the best advice on new kit. They have a close relationship with the local ski hills including Cairngorm, Glencoe and Glenshee.
Knockhatch Ski Centre, Hailsham Bypass, Hailsham, East Sussex BN27 3GD
Snow Lab was established in 2004 at the bottom of Knockhatch Dry Ski Slope. They pride themselves on being staffed by a awesome bunch of well-seasoned skiers and snowboarders who’ve spent seasons all over the world. They can offfer great technical advice as well as top notch customer service. Snow Lab ship stock all over the world and offer free delivery on all online orders over £70. Not bad, eh?
Boardwise is the oldest snow/surf/skate shop in the UK, founded back in 1978. They have a huge selection of brand new snowboarding gear and experienced sales staff on hand to help, plus a great collection of second-hand and ex-rental boards for sale. Sadly a fire broke out in the Boardwise store back in August. The shop is now on the mend and they still have plenty of brand new stock online, ready to be bought.
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