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Ski Clothing

When the temperatures fall below freezing, a beautiful day can turn miserable or even dangerous for someone dressed inadequately.  Of course, one must not dress too lightly; inadequate protection from the elements is a sure way to invoke hypothermia.  But one must always remember that dressing too heavily for the trails can lead to the same problem.  Our bodies, after all, sweat to cool us down, so if there is no way to control the build up of sweat while skiing, one may be just as at risk as if they had worn nothing at all.

It should be no surprise, then, that the most effective way of dressing for a day on the trails is by layering.  At Gear West Cross Country Ski, we advise that all serious skiers own a wide selection of training clothing of different weights, including base layers, wind briefs, midweight and lightweight tops and bottoms which are form fitting and may be layered as needed, a thin windproof yet breathable jacket, and a collection of hats and gloves of differing warmths.  Our suppliers at Bjorn Daehlie, Briko, Craft, Salomon, Smartwool, and Swix have each built their garments with these same principals in mind, making it even easier to find exactly what you need for any given day.

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1786 W Wayzata Blvd
Long Lake, MN 55356

Phone: 952-473-0377
Mail Order: 877-473-4327


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Sunday: 12:00pm - 4:00pm

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Wisdom, Value, Selection. These three ideals are the core of Gear West. We bring you the best products for your sport, style, and skill at the best prices and back them with unparalleled knowledge and support.

North America's largest cross country ski retailer and one of Minnesota's premier independent specialty sports stores, Gear West provides top level gear for nordic, running, alpine, soccer, lacrosse, and boardsports athletes across the midwest and the United States. We provide equipment for athletes of every level, from first-timers and newcomers to professionals and Olympians.

We carry only the highest quality equipment, accessories, and apparel from the most respected companies in the world. These include brands such as adidas, Arc'teryx, Atomic, Asics, Bjorn Daehlie, Bliz Active Eyewear, Brine, Brooks, Capita, Craft, Debeer, Elan, Fast Wax, Fischer, Gait Lacrosse, HEAD, Inov-8, Madshus, New Balance, Newton, Nike, One Way Sport, Pearl Izumi, Rex Wax, Rode Wax, Rossignol, Rottefella, Salice, Salomon, Skadi, Smartwool, Star Wax, Start Wax, STX, Swenor, Swix, Tecnica, Toko, V2, Vibram, Volkl, Warrior, Yoko, and many, many more.

Despite this vast selection, the products we carry are ones that we believe in, stand behind, and use every day. We pride ourselves on providing the kind of service that you tell your friends about. If you have any questions, feel free to call us toll free at 1-877-473-4327 or email us.

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