Specialties Alpine Accessories is the place for McHenry county’s skiers, snowboarders and paddleboarders. You will find ski, snowboard, cross country and stand up paddle board equipment and accessories. You can also rent equipment by the day, weeken, week, month or the whole season. An in-store service department means you will get a quick turnaround time on ski or snowboard tuning and ski binding installation. In the summer months you will find our staff at the Three Oaks Recreation Area in Crystal Lake Illinois where you can take paddle board lessons and rentals. You can demo a variety of paddle boards before you buy. To bring you product at the best prices Alpine Accessories has become a member of one of the largest nationwide sporting good buying groups in the USA. This enables Alpine Accessories to purchase product at maximum discounts, giving you not only expert advice and service, but competitive prices. Hope you visit us soon!
Alpine Accessories started in the basement and garage of the owners in 1993 as a ski accessory mail order catalog named Sno-ski. In 1995, they started their first web site which was called Sno-ski.com. In the first year, on-line sales out sold our catalog sales so the catalogs were discontinued at the end of 1996. From 1997-1999, expanded our product selection to include snowboarding and other winter accessories In 2000, the mane changed to Alpine Accessories. In 2003, they opened the first ski and snowboard accessory store. No equipment or clothing was offered at this time but many of the customers visiting requested equipment, clothing, service and rentals. So in 2005, Alpine Accessores moved into a larger and current location. We increased our product selection to include equipment, apparel, service and rentals. Alpine Accessories became the first new ski and snowboard specialty shop to open in Chicagoland in over 15 years! In the summer of 2008, remodeling was done to our store. The summer of 2009 spent on new web site and in the summer of 2011, doubled the size of the store by moving into the unit next to them.
Meet the Business Owner: Rick P.
Rick has been in the ski business since 1976, when he began working at Munson Marine and Ski shop part time. Before long, Rick became the manager of a second store, then helped to open a third store and later became manager of all 3 stores. After 15 years at Munson, Rick then went to work for another local shop for 3 years, then left to start the mail order/internet/retail store business.