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Panda Sports: Profile

Panda Sports: Profile

Panda Sports is one of the two, yes two, dedicated ski shops in NYC. It has been in business since 1987 and proudly serves the five boroughs. With a name like Panda Sports, one might be a little skeptical, but the staff at Panda know their stuff. They have a great selection of both ski and snowboard gear and carry most of the big name brands. The owner Robert is a friendly, charismatic, old school Brooklynite who can be found most days in the shop helping out his customers. Panda Sports sells ski and snowboard gear year round, so don’t fret if you decide to take that South American ski trip over the summer, Panda Sports has got you covered. They have expert boot fitters, and any gear you buy or rent from them is set up and mountain ready.  As far as places to shop for ski gear in NYC go, Panda Sports is definitely toward the top of the list.

Location: 9213 5th Ave, Bay Ridge, Brooklyn – Accessible via theScreen Shot 2013-10-19 at 4.37.22 PMat 95th St. A bit off the beaten path for those of you in Queens and the Bronx, but worth the trip for those in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Staten Island looking for that authentic ski shop experience.

Brands: The shop carries most of the major ski and snowboard brands including:  Volkl, Salomon, Atomic, Lange, Burton, K2, Lib Tech, Gnu, Obermeyer, The North Face, Spyder

Services: Panda Sports is a full service shop, they offer full set-up and tuning services as well as repairs. They also have a seasonal rental program for adults and kids and a daily/weekend rental program.

Staff Knowledge: The staff at Panda are at the top of their game. They are expert boot fitters, and very knowledgable about the equipment they sell. These guys know what they are doing when it comes to hardgoods. Your gear is safe in their hands.

Best For: Panda is a great all-around shop. If you need new skis, bindings, or boots, Panda is a good bet. They can also be trusted to provide a good tune up and for more serious repairs.

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