Meet Elizabeth Clendenin

Elizabeth Clendenin – Alpine Shop Kirkwood Outfitter

Name: Elizabeth Clendenin
Date Started at Alpine Shop: 07-28-2018
Which Alpine Shop location do you work at? Kirkwood
What is your official title? Outfitter

What do you do at Alpine Shop? Sell skis and Snowboards

Where you are from?
I grew up in Chester IL and started working at the Alpine Shop in O’Fallon when I was living in Edwardsville, I recently moved from Vail CO after living there for 2 years.

What is your passion?
Skiing and Snowboarding is my passion. I love talking to people about the mountains and where they will be riding. I also camp, hike, and do a little backpacking on various trails out in CO. I also road cycle and mountain bike, and when I get the chance, I go kayaking.

Where is your favorite place to “Get Outside Yourself”?
Anything in Colorado, whether its trying a new run at a ski resort or backpacking up a trail to summit a 14er

What is your dream adventure? Climbing Mt. Kiliminjaro

Favorite product/brand that we sell?
Osprey, Fits, Burton, Salomon, Marmot, The North Face, just to name a few

What do you enjoy doing that doesn’t relate to the outdoors?
I love coming home to my dogs and my new kitten
Favorite Book?
The Last Valentine

Anything else you would like to share about yourself.?

Meet Marcus Miller

Marcus Miller– Alpine Shop Kirkwood Assistant Manager

Name: Marcus Miller
Date Started at Alpine Shop: 10-12-2015
Which Alpine Shop location do you work at?  Kirkwood
Official Title: Assistant Manager
What do you do at Alpine Shop?
I get to talk about my hobbies and cool gear all day to customers, usually about Bicycles, Camping, and Ski Gear

Where are you from?
I am from Ballwin, Mo., a small township within St. Louis County. I have access to great mountain biking in the area with places including but not limited to Castlewood State Park, Greensfelder Conservation Area, and the Zombies Trail at Rock Hollow. Visit Gateway Off Road Cyclists online for great information and maps of these areas.

What is your passion?
My passion would have to be Mountain Biking, Skiing, and Back Country Camping. I engage in all of these activities at least once a year. My brother moved to Colorado almost 10 years ago and me visiting all the time got me into “mountain-type” activities. Also, a family trip to Lake Tahoe in the winter starting around the same time really got me into skiing. I enjoy being outside and having a job that revolves around that. Learning and engaging with all the different outdoor brands is of great interest to me.

Where is your favorite place to “Get Outside Yourself”?
Mountain biking at Castlewood, Zombie Trails, or Greensfelder is the majority of outdoor activities I do. Breckenridge will always have a special place in my heart for it was the first place I went and explored in Colorado with my brother 10 years ago. Also, he recently got married on Peak 9 in Breckenridge so I will never forget those moments. The Rocky Mountains in general, I would have to say is my favorite place to “Get Outside Yourself.”

What is your dream adventure?
My current dream adventure would be to road trip to Banff and then Whistler to do some Back country camping and mountain biking, especially downhill biking at the resorts

Favorite product/brand that we sell? Arc’teryx

What do you enjoy doing that doesn’t relate to the outdoors? I enjoy a nice evening on the couch watching the Cardinals game with a cold brew.

Favorite Book? Arc’teryx Catalog…haha

Anything else you would like to share about yourself?
Former Wilderness First Responder

Meet Jake White

Jake White – Alpine Shop Snow & Bike Retail and Service Manager

Name: Jake White
Nickname: jahweez
Date Started at Alpine Shop: 08-10-2009
Which Alpine Shop location do you work at?  Kirkwood
Official Title:
Snow & Bike retail and service manager

What do you do at Alpine Shop?
Manage the retail and service shops for the snow and bike departments….. And have a ton of fun doing so while helping our outstanding customers and working with our great outfitters.

Where are you from?
I was born in Daytona Beach, lived in Sturgeon and Green Bay Wisconsin as well as a suburb of Milwaukee. I graduated from high school in Homewood, Ill., and then moved to Arizona – Phoenix for eight years and Flagstaff for about two.

I-17 from Phoenix to Flagstaff is my favorite stretch of highway in the country. Driving up it to go skiing or snowboarding at one of the most underrated ski resorts in the country, Arizona Snowbowl, is where some of my fondest memories come from.

What is your passion?
Skiing, snowboarding and cycling top the list. My uncle bought me a snowboard before I had ever hit the slopes because he knew I would love it as I grew up skateboarding. A life changing gift that I will never forget. I rode bicycles as a kid like everyone else, but got back in to it heavily when I started at the Alpine Shop

Where is your favorite place to “Get Outside Yourself”?
Right now it’s riding a trail with my family around a wetlands area with beautiful scenery that includes turtles and frogs among other beautiful features.

I can be really happy anywhere in Summit County Colorado, Jackson Hole Wyoming and Southern California. Flagstaff is probably my favorite place I’ve ever lived though

What is your dream adventure?
I could be happy on a killer ski trip to a number of resorts, taking a long gravel bike ride camping along the way, or catching waves just about anywhere. (That is quite a loaded question and I could definitely go deeper.)

Favorite product/brand that we sell?
Specialized Diverge (bike)
Any Mervin or Never Summer (board)
Nordica Enforcer (ski)
Salomon X-Pro 120 (ski boot)

However there are many life changing products that we sell here. Undergarments in particular with specific regard to ExOficcio and Saxx Underwear, Smartwool and Fits socks, and anything with merino wool in it.

What do you enjoy doing that doesn’t relate to the outdoors?
Reading, watching movies and television, watching and following sports. Coloring, reading, playing with my 6 year old daughter in any facet and spending time with my family in general. Cooking and culinary arts are another passion of mine

Favorite Book?
Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy

Anything else you would like to share about yourself?
My daughter and girlfriend are my world, and wouldn’t have gotten this far in life without the example of my mother’s and grandmother’s strength

Do you have an outdoor related blog or website you would like to share?
Blotto Photography

A Gear & Beer Event: Snowsports!

Join us for the first “Gear & Beer” of 2019 for a look at what’s new in skiing and snowboarding equipment this season on Thursday, January 17 at 6:30 pm! (And if you wouldn’t mind, please RSVP here so we know how much beer to bring.)

Beginners and Experts alike are invited to an informal class/discussion led by Alpine Shop staff while you relax with a beverage from Urban Chestnut Brewing Company.

Part information session and part social hour, “Gear & Beer” nights are dedicated to sharing our love and passion for a sport, while making sure we’re helping newcomers find out just what they need to succeed.

Specifically, we’ll guide discussions this week about the different styles of skis, boards, boots, and bindings and what each style’s purpose is on the mountain-side. We’ll also talk about the latest and greatest features on today’s equipment and what it actually means to you. The idea isn’t to try to sell you on anything in particular; it’s to try to help you make the most educated decisions for your next trip to Hidden Valley or to anywhere in the country.

This is a chance for skiers and snowboarders of all skill levels to chime in with information. So, please join us for some free beer and a chance to talk “shop” with some like-minded people.

Gear & Beer: Snowsports
Thursday, January 17 – 6:30–8 pm
Alpine Shop Kirkwood

Happy Bike Shop Day!

On Saturday, December 1, help us celebrate the second annual Bike Shop Day at Alpine Shop Kirkwood and The Pathfinder in Manhattan, Kan.

Bike Shop Day serves to connect independent bike shops like ours with our community as a beacon of inclusiveness, a healthy lifestyle and sustainable local business practices.

In 2018, we’ve continued to work with St. Louis BikeWorks to  give kids – without the financial means to purchase a bike on their own – a chance to earn one through BikeWorks’ Earn-a-Bike program.

In Manhattan, we’re working to get as many people out on the roads and trails as we can through rides almost daily out of our store. And we look forward to welcoming even more throughout 2019.

Happy Bike Shop Day!

Let us know how we can help our communities out even more for 2019!

A Giving Tuesday

In the spirit of this past week that includes both Thanksgiving and #GivingTuesday, we wanted to take a look back at all the organizations we’ve been so blessed to partner with throughout the past couple of years.

With your continued support, we’ve raised nearly $30,000 since January of 2017 for local organizations dedicated to providing access to the wild places we love to explore, to getting more people active outside, to helping the next generation of explorers stay healthy and experience the joys of the outdoors and to helping the animals we love.

The Stanley & Smartwool Pint Night to support Stray Rescue of St. Louis set a new record for us with the most pints glasses ever sold in one evening this past October.

We’ve also collected nearly 3000 coats in the past two years to distribute to those who need some warmth during the frigid winter months.

In November of 2018 alone, Alpine Shop customers brought in nearly 1300 coats in just over 10 days.

So, if you’re looking for an organization to support today for #GivingTuesday, please consider one of the following groups we’ve been lucky enough to work with since 2017:

Stray Rescue of St. Louis
Great Rivers Greenway
Conservation Federation of Missouri
World Bird Sanctuary
Missouri River Relief
Forest ReLeaf of Missouri
Missouri Confluence Waterkeeper
Missouri Coalition for the Environment
Missouri Sierra Club
GORC Trails
Ozark Trail Association
Team River Runner- St. Louis

2018 Customer Appreciation Weekends Start Now!

Every Friday through Sunday throughout the 2018 holiday season, all Alpine Shop locations (including The Pathfinder in Manhattan, Kan.) celebrate “Customer Appreciation Weekends.”

Holiday Cheer
Drinks and snacks… courtesy of all Alpine Shop locations this holiday season.

If you’re new to this, let us answer the question:  “Just what exactly does a “Customer Appreciation Weekend” entail?”

It means FREE beer, wine, coffee, tea, soft drinks and water. It also means FREE snacks. While you’re shopping. FREE drinks and snacks. While you shop. During the holiday weekends.

Clear enough?

Not everyone likes heading out on their weekends to shop this time of year. And then there are those that love to shop this time of year. But one thing we’re pretty sure of: Everyone loves FREE drinks and snacks while they’re shopping.

We’re just trying to make it easier – and more enjoyable – for everyone.

It’s just our way of saying “Thanks” for continuing to support local businesses and continuing to shop with us at Alpine Shop.

A KÜHL Start to a Black (Coffee) Friday

This Black Friday, wake up to a KÜHL morning with a FREE KÜHL mug to go along with some fresh brewed coffee.

Grab one on Friday, November 23, at Alpine Shop Kirkwood – quantities are limited!

Our KÜHL representaive, Brad Dailey, will be on hand with a limited number of KUHL mugs to give away at our Kirkwood location ONLY on Friday, November 23, 2018. First come, first served, and first caffeinated!

Our Kirkwood store will open at 9 am on Friday. See you then!

2018 Women’s Ski & Board Night Is November 16

Women's Ski & Board Night

Alpine Shop invites you to join us on Friday, November 16 at our Kirkwood location to help us kick off the 2018-19 winter season and get ready for another season on the slopes.

We’re hosting a party with this-night-only-specials, complimentary wine, chocolates, snacks, a fashion show and a chance to win over $2000 in prizes – including gear and apparel from Burton, Smartwool socks and apparel, Hidden Valley lift tickets and more.

We’re also helping to kick off Hidden Valley Ski Resort’s “Women’s Wednesdays” group ski program and will have representatives of the event on hand to give you more information.

Event Schedule:
6 pm: Event Begins! Drinks, Snacks & Drawing Entry forms are all available.

6:15 pm: Complimentary Custom Fit Appointments Available. While you’re here, get sized for your next pair of boots or for the perfect outfit.

6:45 – 7:30 pm: Alpine Shop Roving Fashion Show.

7 pm: Hidden Valley Ski Resort Instructor will introduce the Hidden Valley Women’s program for 2019 with a brief presentation and Q&A session

8 pm: Prize Drawings! Custom fits continue.

9 pm Time to go home!

It’s the 2018 Women’s Ski & Board Night and it’s only at Alpine Shop Kirkwood on November 16, 2018!

Donate a Coat, Take $25 Off Your Next Purchase

One Warm Coat Drive Coats

Since we started collecting coats back in 2006, Alpine Shop customers have donated over 15,000 coats to help keep our communities warm during our winter coat drive. This year, we’re asking for your help in bringing in 1000 more as Alpine Shop kicks off its 13th annual One Warm Coat Drive on Saturday, November 10, 2018 at all Alpine Shop locations in Missouri and at The Pathfinder in Manhattan, Kansas.

How It Works

From Saturday, Nov. 10 through Wednesday, Nov. 21, we’ll accept clean, gently-used coats, jackets and sweaters at each and every Alpine Shop location.

• For each coat or sweater donated you will receive one entry into a drawing for one of four $250 Alpine Shop Gift Cards that we will give away when we reach our goal of 1000 coats. (Each Alpine Shop store must collect at least 100 coats to be eligible to give away a gift card. Help your local store out!)
• For your participation in the coat drive, you’ll also receive a $25 off coupon on your next full-price purchase of $125 or more at any Alpine Shop store. (Some exclusions apply.)

NOTE: Alpine Shop will only give away one coupon to each customer during the coat drive no matter how many different coats you donate. However, each item donated will still earn one entry into the gift card drawing.

How to Donate

Alpine Shop has made donating simple. Just bring your clean, gently used coats, jackets and sweaters to any Alpine Shop location. Bring your coats inside the store and check them in with one of the store’s outfitters to make sure you receive your coupon and get entered into the drawing. Then, Alpine Shop and One Warm Coat take care of the rest.

Donated coats will be split among organizations in the greater St. Louis are, including: Sunshine Ministries, St. Patrick Center, the Violence Prevention Center in Belleville and the Jackie Joyner-Kersee Center in East St. Louis. In Columbia, all coats will go to the Rainbow House. At The Pathfinder in Manhattan, Kan., all coats will be donated to the Salvation Army next door.

About One Warm Coat

One Warm Coat is a national non-profit organization that supports and encourages coat drives. It helps individuals, groups, companies and organizations across the country collect coats and deliver them to local agencies that distribute the coats free to people in need. More than one million coats have been provided to those in need at no cost since its inception in 1992.

About Alpine Shop

What began in 1973 as a small climbing shop in Webster Groves, Missouri, now serves almost every type of outdoor enthusiast from backpackers, hikers, campers, paddlers, and cyclists, to snowboarders, skiers and adventure racers. With four family-owned locations across Missouri and Kansas, Alpine Shop has not only been consistently named the Best Sporting Goods store in St. Louis for the past six years, but also has earned a national retailer of the year honor for its commitment to growth in outdoor sports.

After 45 years in business, it is Alpine Shop’s vision to see Generations Transformed by Discovery Outdoors.