As fresh powder piles up in the high country, Colorado’s ski and snowboard season is fast approaching. In Pueblo, family-run ski shop The Edge is gearing up for a 30th anniversary celebration Thursday at its new location atop Union Avenue hill.
Ribbon cutting with the Pueblo Chamber and grand reopening for the Edge Ski, Paddle and Pack company, 685 S. Union Ave., is scheduled for 4-6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3. Owner Bob Walker moved the store from his former home at 107 N. Union Ave., to take advantage of a location that’s “a move beyond the old location,” he said.
Still housed in a historic building, the store features “exposed brick walls, beautiful woodwork and lighting” and will have plenty of new inventory, he said.
“We have a pretty good stock of clothing, skis and snowboards – some of the little accessories haven’t arrived yet – but we still have time,” Walker said. “We are ready to do repairs, tune-ups and rentals.”
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As cold weather heralds the onset of winter, The Edge is focusing on ski and snowboard gear and apparel. In spring and warmer temperatures, the focus is on kayaking, paddleboarding, hiking, and climbing gear.
Walker moved to Pueblo at a young age. Her father, the late Luke Walker, was a coach and teacher at South High School, and her mother, Virginia, now 96, was a kindergarten teacher at the former Somerlid Elementary School.
“She was a kindergarten teacher for just about everyone who grew up on the North Side,” he explained. “My parents were both great skiers and outdoor enthusiasts.”
Walker graduated from Centennial High School in 1980 and launched his career in the ski industry. He was a ski instructor and member of a ski patrol before becoming ski area manager.
“After about 20 moves, I came back to Colorado to work at Conquistador (near Westcliffe) as a mountain manager until it closed, then moved to Cuchara, where I was mountain manager until when it closes,” he explained.
At this point, Walker realized he was tired of moving and returned to Pueblo. It turned out to be a good time to transition into a business owner role.
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The ski shop he grew up with, Bud’s Ski Shop, was closing and he was able to purchase the company’s rental fleet and repair equipment.
“I decided to stay in the ski industry because it was kind of the only thing I knew. I opened The Edge in October 1992 and 30 years later I’m still tripping,” he said with a laugh.
The business is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. The company’s phone number is 719-583-2021.
For more information on store offerings, visit edgeskiandpaddle.com.