New England Sports Representatives, one of the ski industry’s largest trade associations, has just recognized Alpine Shop of South Burlington as the Best Ski Shop in New England for 2016.
This award was the result of an extensive vetting, nomination and voting process done annually by the ski industry’s New England Sports Representatives Association. It was presented to the owners of Alpine Shop, Andy and Becky Kingston, last week at the ski industry’s annual buying show and awards banquet in Providence, Rhode Island.
The Alpine Shop has been around for more than 52 years but the Kingston’s have only owned it for the past five. Since their previous companies were in the music and media industries, they had a lot to learn, Andy Kingston said.
“This award is more about our incredible staff who are some of the best ambassadors for skiing and snowboarding in the industry,” Andy Kingston said. “Plus, they live and breathe our store’s mantra of forward positivity. Whether it is music, media or skiing, we quickly learned that it is all about entertainment and our staff makes sure that every customer leaves with a smile on their face.”
Will Masson, president of the New England Sports Representatives, said the award goes to the retailer that really goes above and beyond in terms of selection, merchandising, sales person’s knowledge and overall presentation. “The Alpine Shop set the new standard and we were proud to award them the Best Alpine Ski Shop for 2016,” he said.