By Rachel Anderson
Explore Big Sky Editorial Assistant
BIG SKY – From sunrise to sunset, Big Sky and Bozeman’s outdoor enthusiasts chase the dream with ambition.
East Slope Outdoors, which recently relocated from 29 years of business on Highway 191 to the Town Center, has added greater variety to better engage this community. Whether you’re pursuing powder on Lone Mountain or casting a fly rod into one of the area’s rivers, East Slope Outdoors is offering more, say owners Dave and Katie Alvin, who purchased the business eight years ago.
“We are a store that has a wide range of capabilities – [we] are diverse,” Dave said. “We carry types of equipment for all skiers, from a wide-waisted, all-mountain [ski] to a groomer ski.”
East Slope’s ski rental program includes Volkl, Fisher, Scott, Moment and Elan. Snowshoe, cross-country and snowboard gear is also available.
“We have fully functioning ski tuning and boot-fitting capabilities, and have increased our alpine boot assortment,” Dave said.
Another niche East Slope continues to satisfy is a year round fly-fishing shop and guide service – winter fishing gear included.
“Our retail space has expanded significantly, and we have nearly tripled our offerings,” said Katie, who expressed excitement about the new location, and noted that the expanded space has allowed them to add new brands like Sitka and Outdoor Research.
With the move and expansion, East Slope will organize seminars on natural history and others introducing folks to Big Sky recreation. “Outdoor education programs offered by East Slope will be made family friendly,” Katie said.
When they’re not at the store, the knowledgeable staff is pursuing their outdoor passions – even while on break. “Guides [have to] know the current conditions year round,” Dave said.
Hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., daily.
For more information contact East Slope Outdoors at (406) 995-4369, or visit eastslopeoutdoors.com