Editor’s Note: On Tuesday, August 16, 2005, Ski Chalet was purchased by Sun & Ski Sports, a company based in Texas that operates 15 stores across the country.
Founded by Wilbur McBay in 1969, Ski Chalet grew to five locations throughout the Washington, D.C. metropolitan region. Wilbur McBay passed away on September 27, 2004, and uncertainty about the future of Ski Chalet persisted over the past few months.
The Ski Chalet locations in Tysons Corner and Richmond have closed, but the purchase of the Ski Chalet chain by Sun & Ski Sports ensures that the locations in Arlington, Chantilly, and Shady Grove will remain open.
DCSki invited Barry Goldware, the Founder and President of Sun & Ski Sports, to contribute the following letter addressing Mid-Atlantic winter sports enthusiasts.
Dear DC Area Ski Enthusiasts,
I am very excited to announce that Ski Chalet has been purchased and will be open to serve the DC area ski consumers this ski season. The three existing stores have been purchased by Sun & Ski Sports, a specialty sports retail chain, whose principle business, like Ski Chalet, has been snow sports for the last 25 years. The brands, the customer service, and the ski shop services will be of the same high quality as The Ski Chalet has provided consumers in the DC area for the last 36 years under the stewardship of founder Wilbur McBay. These guiding principles include a great selection of the world’s finest ski and snowboard brands, outstanding customer service, and fair prices.
We are so fortunate to have retained Ski Chalet’s great staff of true ski enthusiasts who provide you a superior shopping experience. We look forward to welcoming each and every customer to our stores.
The First Big Event will be the 21st Annual Dilly in Chantilly, Gigantic Warehouse Blowout Sale - Friday thru Monday, September 16th thru 19th, at our Chantilly location, 14130 Sullyfield Circle - 703-631-7880. Other DC store locations include Ski Chalet of Arlington at 2704 Columbia Pike - 703-521-1700 and Ski Chalet of Shady Grove at 203 Muddy Branch Road - 301-948-5200.
Founder & President
Sun & Ski Sports
Barry Goldware is the Founder and President of Sun & Ski Sports, a chain of 15 retail stores across the country focusing on skiing (snow and water), bicycling, skating, running, and camping.