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In 1969, twin brothers Zandy and John Wheeler, along with a group of UVM ski bums opened up a small town ski shop and called it "Skirack".

50 years has seen a lot of changes in gear - do you remember leather boots and straight skis? What about the day-glow days?

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Comments | Posted in News Videos History By Skirack

Skirack through the years: 1970s, 1980s, and today in 2019.

As an outdoorsy native Burlingtonian, my relationship with The Skirack/Downhill Edge is a long one, so here goes. You can also Google some of the long-gone businesses and brands mentioned here.

Center Street:

I remember the first Skirack location on Center Street, where the Daily Planet restaurant is today. At 12 years old I wasn’t much of a customer yet, but my brother, my friends and I would frequent Skirack to ogle the bikes from brands like Paris Sport, Gitane, Atala and Crescent, and skis from brands like Rossignol. I even remember seeing a very early carbon bike frame there. They sold Ski Racks too, and one of the best brands was Barrecrafters, made in Shelburne VT by a company owned by Dick Snelling who later became Governor of VT.

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Comments | Posted in News History By Sam Hewitt

Over the last 50 years Skirack has been helping people get outside. When our guests come through our doors, they're headed somewhere and we're going to help them get there.

While we are located on the corner of Pine and Main Street, we realize downtown is not the final destination. And when we think of Vermont outdoor, we think of our friends and longtime partners at Darn Tough Vermont.

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