July 25, 2017

My ties to Skjersaa’s Ski and Board Sport go way back. I’ve known these people forever. The shop’s comic relief, Gary, grew up in Redmond and was friends and teammates with my older brother. He was just as cynical and sarcastic back then. Matty, the shop manager, witnessed one of my first ever switch backflips at Mt. B and for a few years after that I begged him to get me on the Skjersaa’s ambassadors team. Jeremy, our beloved owner, has supported my ski career longer than anyone else besides my mom. He handed me my first ski backpack off the shelf, connected me with multiple sponsors, and has mounted and tuned every pair of skis that I’ve ridden in the past 7 years. And I’m not the only one to recieve such amazing local support from these awesome people. Many local shredders have called this place home over the years and its a huge reason why they have stayed in business so long; being a staple in the local ski community.

So here’s to many more seasons shopping at Skjersaa’s. Thank you for all the support and for curating the best little ski community on the planet!

Ari is a professional athlete, author and filmmaker living in Bend Oregon. He and his wife organize adventure travel trips around the globe.

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