On a stretch of pavement better known for hookers and used-car lots, Pro Ski Service is a bustling oddball business during the winter months. Specializing

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Best Start to a Ski Tour on Aurora Avenue North

Pro Ski Service

On a stretch of pavement better known for hookers and used-car lots, Pro Ski Service is a bustling oddball business during the winter months. Specializing in randonee gear (aka alpine touring), the shop is a favorite Friday-afternoon destination for skiers who want to rent a new backcountry setup or have their own boards tuned. Backcountry skiing is a niche sport, but one that's steadily grown in the Northwest—particularly as the lines and prices at Crystal and Stevens have increased. Shop owner Adam Justin and his expert staff are generous in sharing beta on weather, snow, and avalanche danger. If you visit the place—which always smells of ski wax—looking to buy or rent, the extra value comes in learning a little more about which fat ski is suited to which variety of snow. And don't be surprised, when returning your rental gear on Sunday evening, if you're offered a beer while the staff and other customers discuss conditions and skis. In fact, if you caught a rock over the weekend and nicked your bases, it's also a good idea to return the skis with a fresh six-pack. —Brian Miller 8954 Aurora Ave. N., 525-4425, proskiseattle.com

 
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