About Us

The City Garage opened for business in October 1999, following a year of planning by Sean Lowes, a former ski rep who after 20

This is what we looked like in 1999!
This is what we looked like in 1999!

years of traveling decided it was time get off the road and create a ski shop with its own unique personality. Sean re-purposed an old carriage house in the heart of Ellicottville, NY and named the store after the original City Garage, Ellicottville’s former 1930’s-era GMC station. He was determined to maintain the historical value of the building; in the summer months you can find the original front garage doors swung open for direct sidewalk access into the uniquely “garage-style” merchandised retail operation.

Sean’s vision was to set The City Garage apart from the several other ski shops within a 2-block radius. Although off the beaten path of Main Street, Sean knew that if he had what people wanted, they would come. He targeted his passion – the free-ride/mogul and telemark/Nordic market. Since 1999, The City Garage has continued to cater to a subculture of real skiers who love the mountain lifestyle.

Through the years, we’ve become Ellicottville’s go-to shop for ski and outdoor equipment. Our state-of-the-art tuning machines keep your gear in top shape and the crew is constantly striving to find the newest, coolest and most fun outdoor products for you to try. We remain open all year; in the spring/summer/fall months offering footwear, clothing, equipment and accessories for hiking, camping, glamping, and paddling.
The City Garage is a three-time winner of Skiing Business Magazine’s “Best Vibe” award, a testament to our dedication in making sure you continue to have fun in in all your outdoor pursuits!