Despite the lack of snow this winter Wicked Sharp Ski and Sport is still doing great. They've also got a local place for you to ski and snowboard this weekend!
"We doubled our sales numbers from last year," said co-owner J.P. Bedard. "People have been coming down from as far as Connecticut and New Hampshire. The skate sharpening is off the wall here."
What if it were snowing? How busy would the shop be?
"If it were to be snowing? I don’t know, to be honest with you. It could just be even busier," said Bedard. "Maybe (co-owner Aaron Thompson) would sleep a little before we open. He's barely sleeping. Aaron’s here all crazy hours in the shop. We’re reordering things constantly."
Thompson credited being in a great neighborhood, which has embraced the shop's perspective of trying to save customers money.
Bedard agreed, "We try to do as much as wan can to get info out to customers so they can save money. They like us, I think."
Come Saturday, several skiiers and snowboarders will like Wicked Sharp more if they win the $300 first prize, $150 second prize, or $50 third prize - at the Wicked Sharp Ski and Sport Winter Carnival at Blue Hills, also sponsored by Snowriders.
"This Saturday we’re doing a winter carnival from 1 to 4 p.m. There will be a bunch of free games for kids to do like carnival games - hula hoop with all heavy snow clothing on, snowball accuracy, a version of a ring toss throwing a hat onto a snowman’s head," said Bedard. "We're having an X-Games competition of skiiers and snowboarders."
Prizes will be awarded to first, second and third place winners in both the ski and snowboard competitions. There will also be raffles, giveaways, and free BBQ.
The price is $20 register for the competition for ages 14 and up. You can register online here at Wicked Sharp's website, or at the store. Participants younger than 18 need a permission slip signed by a guardian, and all participatings must sign a waiver and helmets are required. The carnival is from 1-4 p.m. at Blue Hills on Sat., Feb. 4.
Also, true to their word, Bedard provided this link that will save fifth-graders on lift tickets at more than 30+ participating ski/snowboard sites. Fill out the form, send in $10 and you get 25 free lift tickets.