The City Garage opened for business in October 1999, following a year of planning by Sean Lowes, a former ski rep who after 20 years of traveling decided it was time get off the road and create a ski shop with its own unique personality. Sean re-purposed an old carriage house in the heart of Ellicottville, NY and named the store after the original City Garage, Ellicottville’s former 1930’s-era GMC station. He was determined to maintain the historical value of the building; in the summer months you can find the original front garage doors swung open for direct sidewalk access into the uniquely “garage-style” merchandised retail operation.
Sean’s vision was to set The City Garage apart from the several other ski shops within a 2-block radius. Although off the beaten path of Main Street, Sean knew that if he had what people wanted, they would come. He targeted his passion – the free-ride/mogul and telemark/Nordic market. Since 1999, The City Garage has continued to cater to a subculture of real skiers who love the mountain lifestyle.
Through the years, we’ve become Ellicottville’s go-to shop for ski and outdoor equipment. Our state-of-the-art tuning machines keep your gear in top shape and the crew is constantly striving to find the newest, coolest and most fun outdoor products for you to try. We remain open all year; in the spring/summer/fall months offering footwear, clothing, equipment and accessories for hiking, camping, glamping, and paddling.
The City Garage is a three-time winner of Skiing Business Magazine’s “Best Vibe” award, a testament to our dedication in making sure you continue to have fun in in all your outdoor pursuits!
Ski and Snowboard Tuning Service – • Base prep/grinding • Disc edging/sharpening • Waxing
The City Garage is a full service shop with state of the art Wintersteiger tuning machines and trained technicians ready to make sure you get the best out of your equipment.The Wintersteiger Sigma SBI can readily lay a new pattern for your base or a simple grind. The “Trim Disc 71” is the pinnacle of edging technology leaving your edges extremely smooth – no detuning necessary to remove burrs as is typically required by other grinders. The Wintersteiger Waxjet Pro will leave your friends behind on any cat track!
Ski, Binding Service – • Alpine, Telemark, and X-country Binding Mounts • Binding adjustments and function checks • Tech Binding Mounts • Climbing Skin Cutting and Installation • Pole cutting • Pole basket replacement • Other miscellaneous repairs of course!
City Garage technicians receive annual training to ensure they are current on the latest binding and mounting technology. We offer FREE mounting and adjustment service when you purchase new, before discount, skis and bindings from us (one of only MANY reasons that you don’t necessarily get a better deal from the Internet!)
Boot Fitting and Service –• Custom Boot Fitting • Custom Footbeds and Posting • Stance Evaluation • Boot Planing w/ or w/out Lifters • Cuff Alignment • Heat Fit w/Standard or Thermo Liners • Shell Stretching • Boot Heater Installation • And Special Projects of Course!!!
We have the very best boot fitting in the business! Our head boot fitter, Tim Cummiskey, with over 30 years in the boot fitting business, has the experience (and patience) to give you the perfect fit for comfort and performance. Not to mention that no other shop can offer you custom boot fitting in a hydraulically powered boot-fitting chair!
DEMOS/Rentals – • Alpine Ski High Performance Demos • HIGH Quality Telemark Equipment Rentals (to include Scarpa boots, a variety of high-quality Tele skis, and 22Designs bindings) • Atlas Snowshoe Rentals
Cross Country Ski Packages –• Priced right packages from light touring to heavy duty backcountry metal edge skis • Featuring quality brands to include Fischer skis and boots, Alpina skis and boots, and Rottefella bindings • Stop in to check out our complete selection and competitive prices!