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Ludlow VT’s Race Shop: Totem Pole Ski Shop

 Celebrating their 50th Anniversary

The Totem Pole Ski Shop is the oldest family owned ski shop in Vermont. The walls of the Ludlow ski shop are decorated with skiing and ski racing photos and memorabilia from the last 50 years of business. This family oriented ski shop is open full-time October – April and by appointment in the summer months. While they don’t currently sell online, they do grind skis and fit ski boots all year ’round.

Ski racing memorabilia adorns the walls at Totem Pole Ski Shop Ludlow VT

The Totem Pole Ski Shop has a long history with the world of competitive skiing. Ken, the founder of the ski shop, was a very accomplished freestyle  skier in his day and his son Torin, a elite level alpine ski racer. The two of them and their staff of up to 40 people in the winter do a great job at servicing the needs of Okemo Mountain Resort skiers.

Race skis at Totem Pole Ski Shop Ludlow VT

Totem Pole Ski Shop Specializes in Ski Racing

Totem Pole has the largest selection of ski racing equipment in Ludlow. They stock the most Arctica full side zip pants in Vermont, and also have the largest selection of ski racing suits in the area.

Totem Pole Ski Shop has the largest selection of Arctica race pants and ski race suits in Ludlow VT.

Located in town, just minutes from the mountain and Okemo Mountain School (OMS), they are perfectly poised to service the Okemo Mountain Alpine Racing Association (OMARA), the largest junior ski racing program in the US. They carry Blizzard, Dynastar, Fischer, Head, and Volkl race skis.

Arctica Race Totem Ski Shop photo

Totem Pole is committed to alpine ski racers, and keeping them competition legal on the slopes. They custom built their own FIS Stack Height Measuring Device to insure their elite level ski racers meet the FIS/USSA rules. This device is the only one of it’s kind in Vermont.

Totem Pole Ski Shop's custom built stack height measuring device for alpine race ski boots.

Expert boot fitting

Torin is an ABC Board Certified Pedorthist. Torin and the staff are known for ‘fixing boot problems’. Two years ago, after foot injury and many boot problems, US Nordic Ski Team Member, Olympian and World Cup Champion Jessie Diggins turned to the Totem Pole for their boot fitting expertise. They were able to rectify her problems, and now Jessie has all her boot work done at the Totem Pole.  Okemo Mountain School alumni and US Ski Team member,

Largest Selection of Twin Tips in the area

Not just a ski racing shop, they also have the largest selection of twin tips in the area – and quite possibly in all of Central Vermont. With a nod to Ken’s freestyle days, they continue to service the needs of the moguls skiers and park-n-pipe crowd. In addition to twin tips from the leading players in the ski industry, they also carry twin tips from Liberty, Line, 4Frnt and Armada. As well as the twin tip crowds’ favorite ski boot – Full Tilt.

Largest Rental Fleet in Ludlow

Totem Pole Ski Shop has the most rental skis off mountain in the area. Their ski rental area is well set up to quickly and efficiently handle large volumes of ski renters on busy Vermont ski weekends. In addition to daily all-mountain recreational ski rentals for Okemo Mountain visitors, they also have a junior season lease program and they do speed ski rentals. Not many shops do speed ski rentals. Speed ski rentals are specific to local events and specifically for the day(s) of the event. For more information on speed ski rentals, email [email protected].

The ski tuning shop at Totem Pole Ski Shop with a Montana Saphir automated ski tuning machine for stone grinding ski bases and a Wintersteiger Trim Jet for ceramic disk edge finish.

Ski Tuning That Gets Results

Totem Pole Ski Shop has the most advanced automated stone grinder in the world. They have a Montana Saphir automated stone grinder for base grinding and a Wintersteiger Trim Jet for ceramic disc side edging.

The 'Results' white board outside the ski tuning room at Totem Pole Ski Shop in Ludlow, VT. (Board is not updated for 2014-15 season yet in this picture).

The ‘Results’ white board outside the ski tuning room at Totem Pole Ski Shop. (Results up to the end of the 2014).

As you can see from the information on the white board outside of their ski tuning area – their ski tuning get results. They are currently the only ski shop in the area with a Wax Future  infrared technology hot waxer. It is a World Cup tested waxing machine for snowboards and alpine and nordic skis. It offers the highest level of racing quality waxing results.

The Wax Future infrared ski waxing machine at Totem Pole Ski Shop.

Totem Pole Ski Shop is focused on skiing and ski racing families. They have everything the family needs for a day on the slopes. They are the only Arctica dealer in Ludlow, VT and carry the most Arctica full side zip pants in Vermont.