2014 US Retailer of the Year


Ski Center
Award Southeast

Our story goes back 75 years to the time when our founder, Adam Kahane, was a youngster in Europe who fell in love with skiing. In 1959, Adam and his wife Gertrude opened Ski Center. Ike was President, and the Head Standard was king of the slopes. It was a time of lace-up leather boots, baggy pants, wooden skis, and beartrap bindings. Things have changed a lot; even though we still love those baggy pants.

Salespeople were taught that if they did not have the right merchandise for a customer, they shouldn’t sell them anything, and never more than they need. We sell skiing first and products second and believe satisfied customers are more important than sales. These are “Old World” ideals that still guide us today.

Adam has passed the store onto his son Stuart, although we still see Adam from time to time. He was getting in about 30 days of skiing each season up until the age of 88. We have a great mix of Ski Center “lifers” and younger passionate working professionals that keep our store ahead of trends both in equipment and clothing. Since our founding over 50 years ago, our mission has stayed the same; to share our love for winter sports with as many people as possible.

While we have been recognized as the best shop in the east several times by Ski Magazine, it is more rewarding to see satisfied customers return year after year. We are happy to have added an online store to our business and are excited to reach a whole new group of skiers/boarders that can benefit from what we have to offer. We look forward to providing you the best service possible. See you at the top!

Ski Center

4300 Fordham Road NW

Washington, DC 20016