October 14, 2011: Alpine Accessories is a growing specialty shop focused on skiing, snowboarding, cross country skiing and winter fun. We carry ski and snowboard equipment for beginner to experts, technical ski and snowboard clothing as well as fur boots and boot heaters, and accessories. There is an in-store service department for doing ski and snowboard repairs and a quick turnaround that make Alpine Accessories different than other shops. We educate the customer, offer excellent friendly service, at a competitive price.
This summer, the vacant unit next to the store was purchased and the wall between the two units was torn down doubling the size of the store. Then, a new paint job, new ceiling and new carpet installed. It was cramped before but now customers will be able move around and see more merchandise. With the additional space, many new brands have been brought in this season. And for the 2012 summer season, we will introduce the sport of Stand Up Paddle boarding as well as accessories and active travel apparel.
Last season we saw many people who have not participated in skiing for many years and got back into the sport with their family. Parents like our seasonal rentals for their growing kids. So many customers took advantage of the seasonal rentals that we ran out last season. But with more space, we were able to increase our rentals by 25%.
Our rental equipment is well serviced. All rental service is documented for each piece of equipment. Rental equipment consists of Rossignol skis, bindings & boots along with Flow Snowboards, bindings and boots. Last season we brought new Flow Snowboard with rocker, Flow rear entry bindings and Flow boots with the BOA system. The BOA system makes it easier customers to put on and remove their boots.
Alpine Accessories belongs to the Nation’s Best Sports buying group. This allows us to purchase products at the same low prices as the big box stores. But what we do better is bring in unique items and a wide variety of each category. Where the big box may only have 6 different goggles, we have over 40 goggle models to choose from. Big box stores normally carry only beginner to intermediate equipment, but at Alpine Accessories, you will find gear for beginners to experts and for tots to seniors. We also sell our products on our website www.AlpineAccessories.com .
June 29, 2011: Alpine Accessories has finished with the major part of the expansion and remodeling. Now the staff is putting the showroom back together. Sean has put out the new K2 Skis. Rachel and Ashley have put out all the ski and snowboard apparel left from last season. It’s nice having all the extra room to display the clothing. Many of the items from last season have been marked down again, so check the Closeout section for some great deals.
June 11, 2011
Work is continuing on the new expansion to Alpine Accessories Ski and Snowboard Shop in Lake in the Hills Illinois. Ashley has been busy painting and Bill, Chip and Rick have been working on putting the dropped ceiling up. Carpeting is due in a few days and then we can start to set the shop back up. The new K2 Skis with rocker have already arrived, so we’re excited to unbox them and get them out on the floor.
June 19, 2011: Alpine Accessories Ski and Snowboard Shop’s expansion and remodeling work is finally done. The carpet was put in by Carpet One. Now that the carpet is in the racks can be brought back out and skis, snowboards, and ski apparel and snowboard apparel can be brought out.
June 4, 2011: Here is our update on the Alpine Accessories Ski and Snowboard shop expansion and remodeling. The cinder block wall is down now, leaving a ton of dust to be cleaned and vacuumed up. New drywall has been put up in the new south side of the store and Ashley has been busy painting. The cashiers counter will now be in the center of the store. New apparel racks have been purchased to better display womens ski apparel, and mens snowboard jackets and pants. The next phase is to get the ceiling put back together and then the carpeting will be installed throughout the store.
June 1, 2011: After 7 years in our current location Alpine Accessories is expanding and remodeling. In 2004 owners Rick and Laurie Pasturczak purchased the retail condo unit at 9219 S. IL Route 31 in Lake in the Hills IL. April 2011 the adjoining unit 9221 S. IL Route 31 was purchased. The two units are being made into one new store. All remaining merchandise has been packed up, the old walls taken down, old carpeting removed and the cinder block wall being removed. Sean has been putting photo’s up on our Facebook page.