Skinny Skis Jackson Store has been just off the square in downtown Jackson for 40 years. We have been serving the locals and visitors with specialized and friendly hometown service. Born out
of a passion for Nordic skiing, Skinny Skis has evolved from a very small cross country ski shop to a nearly half-block long specialty outdoor store. In the summers, the store offers all the latest equipment for running, training, hiking, roller skiing, mountaineering and climbing. The winters are consumed with cross country and backcountry skiing.
On top of that, Skinny Skis is known nationally for its cutting edge selection of clothing from all of the latest technical outdoor brands. Finally, we offer a full supply of summer and winter rental gear and extensive expertise on the Jackson Hole/Teton Park area. The crew at Skinny Skis can help get you out enjoying all that the valley has to offer.
SKINNY SKIS HISTORY
Skinny Skis was opened in the fall of 1974 by Jeff Crabtree and Owen Anderson. Jeff’s collegiate racing experience at the University of Colorado led to a job in his hometown of Jackson as the head coach of the Jackson Hole Ski Club Nordic Team. With few options available for Nordic gear in the area, Jeff opted to open a seasonal shop with Owen, a close family friend. Gear and clothing from Madshus, Fischer, Skilom, Odlo and Bonna were the mainstays.
Skinny Skis continued as a seasonal (October thru April) Nordic and Cross Country Ski specialty shop. In the spring of 1977 Skinny Skis had the opportunity to rent their location on a year ‘round basis. Phil Leeds, a friend of Jeff’s from California, joined the company as a partner. Phil had worked and climbed with Jeff during their summers in Grand Teton National Park.
Since selling Nordic and Cross Country gear in the summer would have proved to be a bit more of a challenge than anyone wanted to undertake, the highest quality gear and clothing for running, hiking, backpacking and climbing were added to the new store’s line-up. Skinny Skis was among the first shops in the country to offer gear and clothing from Marmot, Gregory and Moonstone.
In 1984 Owen left the company to follow his dream of sailing around the world. Jeff and Phil continued to operate and grow the business.
Nordic skiing remains at the root of Skinny Skis’ success. It is a passion of Jeff, Phil and the Skinny Skis’ management to continue providing the finest gear, clothing and service. In addition, Skinny Skis remains an active component of the local racing scene—-particularly junior racing.
We are committed to the sport and our customers! We value your feedback. Please feel free to contact us personally with questions, comments or concerns. We look forward to a great season and hearing from you soon. Please shop our site for the latest in Cross Country Ski Touring Gear and Tools!
-Jeff Crabtree & Phil Leeds
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