Saturday, July 28, 2007

Mountaineering Shops near Torino and Zurich

One of the difficulty when in Europe is finding outdoor/mountaineering/skiing shops wherever you are. The combined problems of language, a tendency for shops to be smaller (particularly in Italy), and make less use of the Internet, either as a sales or a marketing tool (again, particularly a problem in Italy) make it hard to find what you're looking for.

The following lists may help. I know the Torino area pretty well - Zurich is a work in progress. I'll update this as I go along. Please add a comment if you have any questions.


The best places to find lists of stores are the distributor lists on the web sites of the big clothing / equipment brands. The "La Sportiva" one is pretty good, as almost everyone in Italy stocks their boots:

In particular, I'd recommend:

As a rule, everywhere is shut on Sundays and Mondays (at least Monday morning). However, if you're actually in the mountain valleys, particularly in high season, this may not be the case - but don't count on it - and always ask for a discount!


Three good places in and close to Zurich (in no particular order) are:
They are all shut on Sundays and Mondays. Bächli has moved since I last went there (in 2004, before I lived here) but it used to have a fantastic collection of Mammut jackets.