Spring is here!



Spring is here, and although the season is not over yet, the end is upon us!  Season rentals are due back April 13th, 2014.  If you are overdue on your return, please call us at 303 449 SNOW (7669) as soon as possible to renew for next season, or return as soon as possible.

We are currently running our end of season tune sale until April 27th, A summer tune including base grinding, base and side edge sharpen, stone grind, and an iron on wax which we leave on for the summer is currently only $20.00!

Beginning April 21st we will beginning reducing our hours to 9am-7pm

Beginning April 28th, we will reduce our hours to 12pm-6pm.

Beginning Monday may 5th we will close for the summer.



Combination of Fresh Snow and Sunshine is making for great trips to the hills!


The snow at the ski hill has been phenomenal and there are plenty of you that have taken advantage.  I70 traffic has had its troubles but that hasn’t translated to the same crowds on the slopes.  There is plenty of room for everybody on the mountain to have a wonderful day of skiing.  If you’re still not convinced and want to avoid the beaten path, all your favorite trails have a really solid snowpack right now and offer great, less crowded, experiences for snowshoe or cross-country (Nordic) day trips.  As many of you know, we rent it all.  And if you need anything tuned or fixed, we do that too.  Come see us the night before your adventure and we’ll get you out the door at the best value available (check in tunes and repairs earlier in the week for an earlier return date).


Floods, Blizzards, and Deep Freeze….. Oh my!

There has been plenty to mark this season as memorable.  Are you putting your own personal touch on it?  If you haven’t been out to enjoy the epic winter we’re having what are you waiting for?  Now is the time to take advantage, don’t be the one next year that’s listening to all of your friends say how much better the snow was last season.  Snowshoe and Cross-Country trails have a solid snowpack and offer great experiences as alternatives to fighting for space at the resorts.  Whatever your fancy, let us take care of your gear for rentals or tuning.  

Come in for season rentals!

Are you visiting town for the winter?  Not sure what type of skis or snowboard to buy?  New to the sport?  Kids are growing? Then our season rental packages are just for you!

We are just starting to enter the ski and snowboard season, and we have plenty of rental packages left for you and your family!  Junior packages (Kids under 100 lbs and 5’0″)  starting at $100, and adult packages starting at $160 gets you boots, skis and poles for the season with all the fresh rewaxing you want, and the ability to refit mid season if the gear doesn’t feel quite right mid season.  Give us a call, and our friendly staff will help you out!

How to tell if you need a Tune-up or Repair: Pre-season tips

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A word from our Tuners: How to tell if you need a Tune-up
I could go with the simple answer here and tell you that it’s October, you haven’t touched your skis since April, so your skis (or board, I don’t judge) could use some love.  While that probably applies to 95% of you, we know that it’s not realistic to get a tune every time you could use a tune.  If you only allocate one or two tune-ups per season, here are some helpful pointers on how to tell if you need some work or can wait for a few more ski days.
#1)  Inspect clearly visible damage:  This applies to all parts of your equipment.  Look for any damage from impact on your top skin, bases, edges, and tip/tail.  Specifically, you are trying to identify if there is any opening that’s been exposed from a cut, impact, or separation and would allow moisture to work it’s way underneath.  This can, nay, will get worse over time if left unattended.  If you find any cracks or holes on any part of your board or ski, stop right here.  You’re done with inspection and you need to bring your gear in for an epoxy repair to re-seal the damaged area.
#2)  Inspect edges for rust build-up:  There are a lot of misconceptions about ski maintenance out there, among my [least] favorites is the notion that you can just “ski off your rust.”  Sometimes this is true; but more often than not, if you’ve noticed rust, it’s beyond “skiing it off.”  Here’s the difference you can look for:  rust you can ski off looks only like a rust colored water spot on your metal edge.  You can still see metal underneath it and could get most of it off with a rag if you tried scrubbing it.  Any more rust than that falls under “needing attention” at the very least.  If you can see any rust build-up and it has a granulated feel when you run your finger over it, you need to ski a ski-doctor at Crystal’s right away.
#3)  Is the base too dry?:  There are two key indicators that will give you an idea one way or the other when it comes to deciding  if you could use a grind and wax.  First, is there a white film or surface color that almost resembles dry skin?  This will be easier to distinguish on dark or black base colors, but still exists on clear or white bases.  This is the result of carbon leaving the base of your ski or board while gliding across snow.  The generally colder and harder snow grains that we get in Colorado exacerbates this problem.  Second, while looking closely at the profile of your equipment, you may see little fibers or ‘hairs’ sticking up.  You can also feel this really easily if you run your hand back and forth across the base material.  If either the white color or the hairy texture exists, you’re going to suffer in the long run without a grind and thorough waxing.
#4)  Binding Safety:  This probably shouldn’t be as low as number four on the list, but it has less to do with tuning for performance and durability of your equipment, and more to do with your personal safety and the amount of risk you are willing to undertake.  I’ll start off with what should be fairly common sense: if you’ve done and/or can see damage to your binding, you need to have one of our certified professionals look at it.  You likely will need a part replacement or full set replacement if this is the case.  Beyond that, manufacturers recommend you get a binding check performed on your equipment about every 6 days of skiing or after any crash that resulted in an ejection.  I know that sounds like a lot, but that’s where you have to make your decision on how worried you want to be about your bindings and the connected body parts.  The professional in me would tell you to get it done early and often.
If you have gotten all the way through this list without finding any of the cues that you need a tune-up, you’ve either done a good job storing your equipment for the summer or a poor job inspecting it.  If it’s the former, go enjoy your early season days and come back to see us once you’ve put some of those early season scratches in your base.  That way you can have them in near-mint condition for the peak of the season, when you’d be able to enjoy a perfectly tuned ski on the best snow conditions possible.
Thanks for reading this edition of “Word from your Tuners.”  We’re looking forward to seeing you (and your skis) soon.
Justin B.

Summer is over and Crystal Ski Shop is back in session.  We’re open every day from now until May!  IMG956690

Early Season Rates on Season Rentals, NOW Available!  Click here or call for more details.  


Our early season hours are:                            12 – 6pm Sunday through Friday

9am – 6pm Saturday


Crystal Ski Shop will re-open its doors October 1st, 2013

After another beautiful summer, and surviving the Colorado Flooding, we will be reopening our doors for season rentals and tuning.  If you have a seasonal renewal, need to rent skis for the season, need your own equipment tuned, or just want to drop in to say hi, come on by!   Our hours of operation will be 12pm to 6pm Sunday thru Friday, and 9am to 6pm on Saturdays.  Beginning late November, we will  resume our normal hours of 7am to 8pm 7 days a week.  If you have any questions, please call 303 449 7669!

Vail, Breck, and Copper Open for One More Weekend!

We’re Still Here!  Come get one last day in this season.

We are in our late season hours (listed in the post below), but due to the great news about these resorts being open for one more weekend, we’ll be here first thing in the morning on Saturday and Sunday.  We’ve been able to schedule one tech each day to arrive at 7:00am to get you ready for another day of shredding.  Call with questions at (303)449-7669.

The End Is Near!!!

That’s Right, after another fantastic season, spring is starting, and summer is right around the corner!  Make sure you get out there for those last days on your four packs, use up those extra ticket discounts, or before your season rentals are due for return.  We’re still here to rent you excellent quality skis, snowboards, or cross country skis for your last winter sports excursions, so come on by!


In addition to postcard reminders and an e mail blast, a quick reminder to our season rental customers that 2013 Season Rentals are due back April 14th, 2013.  If you need to keep them longer, we can renew them in person or over the phone at a discounted renewal rate.  If you just need to request an extension, give us a call at 303-449-7669.


Please also note our reduction in hours :


April 1st-14th: 7:00AM – 8:00PM Everyday

April 15th – 21st: 9:00AM – 6:00PM Everyday

April 22nd – April 30th: 12:00PM – 6:00PM Everyday

After April 30th: By Appointment Only

Who says you don’t have friends on a Powder Day!?!


We’re your best resource for days like this!  We’ve got a great selection of powder skis to choose from.  We keep them around all year, just waiting for these few great opportunities to rent them out.    Come in and check out our freshy pow options from Icelantic, Rossignol, and Hart.  

It’s also a great day to get out locally.  Come rent some snowshoes or a cross country package… who knows, it could be faster than driving to work!

For you Back-Country explorers, we’ve got AT packages and skins, along with beacons, shovels, and probes for your off-piste adventures.  But be safe out there….. the CAIC is reporting considerable avalanche danger for the front range.  Their website states that it is very easy to trigger large avalanches with our current conditions; the snow pack is very inconsistent and prone to sliding.  For more information, check out:


Ski mountain conditions from Denver Snow Service