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Brian Eardley and Brian Beaumont [formerly at Ski Center in DC, where are they?]

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Does anyone know where Brian and Brian have moved on to, now that Ski Center has closed? They are, in my opinion, two of the best boot fitters in the country. Would like to know where I can go to get boots.

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I don't know where the Brians are, but I will truly miss the Ski Center.  Great selection of gear, knowledgeable staff, and a 15-minute drive from my house (I could get there before my wife knew I was gone...).  I'm considering -- after a suitable period of mourning, of course -- taking my ski gear "needs" across the river to the Alpine Ski Shop.  They have three stores in Virginia.  You other DC-area skiers -- what are you planning to do? 

 

Jimski

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Both Brians currently are looking at possibilities in the DC-Baltimore area . Nothing yet is firm . I was a Ski Center customer for over 50 years , and relied heavily on them to guide my purchases . They are incredible boot fitters , skiers , and race coaches. Brian Beaumont and I skied together a lot in Colorado over the years where my son lives in Silverthorne .

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For boots I'll continue to go to Brian Deely at Pro-Fit ski in Leesburg. Might be a bit far for DC/Maryland folks, but the shop is well regarded, and Brian as part of America's Best Bootfitter's. 

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For boots I'll continue to go to Brian Deely at Pro-Fit ski in Leesburg. Might be a bit far for DC/Maryland folks, but the shop is well regarded, and Brian as part of America's Best Bootfitter's. 


My friend who lives in northern VA also goes to Brian Deely for her boots and her daughter's boots.

 

The other boot fitter I know in VA is at Freestyle in Charlottesville.  Have talked to Dan Cochrane when he's at Massanutten for the Jan demo weekend.  Seems quite knowledgeable.

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Originally Posted by Jimski View Post
 

I don't know where the Brians are, but I will truly miss the Ski Center.  Great selection of gear, knowledgeable staff, and a 15-minute drive from my house (I could get there before my wife knew I was gone...).  I'm considering -- after a suitable period of mourning, of course -- taking my ski gear "needs" across the river to the Alpine Ski Shop.  They have three stores in Virginia.  You other DC-area skiers -- what are you planning to do? 

 

Jimski

 

Would recommend Alpine. Lived in Arlington for a while and when one of the local shops on Columbia Pike (can't remember the name now) gave terrible customer service I went to Alpine and was always well taken care of, even if I brought in skis I purchased elsewhere for mounting. 

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I've used the Alpine Ski Shop (they seem to like the acronym of their name) in Fairfax for waxing. The service was good. But I don't know about their boot fitting.
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Does anyone have any experience with Sun and Ski in Gaithersburg? I had all of my work done at Ski Center, including leasing of skis for my kids. I've only been in there to buy clothes as they have a pretty large selection, but have never shopped for boots or skis there.

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Does anyone have any experience with Sun and Ski in Gaithersburg? I had all of my work done at Ski Center, including leasing of skis for my kids. I've only been in there to buy clothes as they have a pretty large selection, but have never shopped for boots or skis there.

 

I've shopped at the Sun and Ski in Chantilly, VA, and I agree on the clothing selection. I haven't bought anything else (except my cheap poles) but I do have friends who rent from there pretty frequently for their family and seem very happy with them. 

post #10 of 16

I have an update about the great bootfitters at Ski Center of Wash DC;  Brian Eardley and Brian Beaumont.  I have from a good source that the "two Brians" are going to be working at The Ski Shoppe LTD in Reisterstown, Md.  They intend to deliver the same top notch service as always to their Washington customers who make the trip to Reisterstown. They were able to obtain every bit of fitting materials and tools they had access to over the years at the Ski Center. They'd be most appreciative for any and all support from the EpicSki community!

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I thought Ski Shoppe closed last spring?  Haven't been in the 795 area lately, though.  Is it re-opening for next season?

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Their website says "CLOSING MARCH 26th AT 5:00  Thanks for the Memories. AS OF 2/23/16 All Sales FINAL." I called the number on the website and it is no longer in service. Geez, two long time brick and mortar ski shops in the DC/Baltimore area closed. Bummer.

 
 
post #13 of 16

still have Ski Haus in Annapolis- conveniently on rt 50 before the Bay Bridge as you head downyoshun, hon.  Can't speak to their fitters, but their mounting & repairs are good.

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There should be an official announcement in a week or two that will answer questions about The Ski Shoppe.  I don't want to jump the gun, but should be good news.

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Looks like they're back in business. From their website: (Sorry for the formatting issues.)

 

 

The Ski Shoppe is now under new ownership.  Brian Beaumont, of the late Ski Center in Washington, DC, has assembled a new team that will honor the neighborhood history and bring the entire DMV the latest technology, newest gear, current fashion and greatest value. Brian Beaumont has long been known as a highly regarded boot fitter and equipment expert.  He is CPED certified which is the pinnacle certification in the boot fitting community. 

Brian Eardley has also joined the Ski Shoppe team bringing more than 40 years of ski industry experience to the store.  Brian Eardley, also CPED certified, and is known world wide as a respected authority in the ski industry.  Brian is a regular equipment tester for Ski Magazine and has helped leading brands develop new products.  Brian was the lead buyer for Ski Center and is on the cutting edge of technology and equipment development.  Brian’s knowledge and skill is unsurpassed anywhere in the world.

Also joining the team is Kristin O’Brien.  Kristin was lead clothing buyer for the Ski Center and developed what was considered trendsetting inventory.  Her knowledge of clothing and accessories insures that the latest fashion trends, newest technologies and greatest values will be available to the entire Baltimore-Washington area.  Kristin’s fashion and function sense will provide the entire community with the finest winter sport clothing and accessories available.

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Hello guys! Both of the Brian's are at the Ski Shoppe in Reisterstown Located on 202 Main Street. I'm an employee there and we are open for business 7 days a week! Feel free to make an appointment by phone for either Brian or just come stop in! Thanks!!

Skishoppeltd.com for more info
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