WINTER FUN THE WISCONSIN WAY

Wisconsin. The land of beer, brats and the Packers. The place where everyone can find something to love.

And in the winter, Wisconsin is full of….well, snow!

Wausau has the unique advantage of being almost dead center of an entire state of fun (and we love the state of fun). Within a few hour’s drive from here you can enjoy a plethora of winter activities:

Cross country skiing and snowshoeing – what a great way to enjoy the beautiful scenes created by the snow fall. Each hill you top, each corner you make, opens up an entirely new scenery for you to not only enjoy but to share with others. Marathon County Nine Mile Forest has gorgeous trails through the woods geared for a every level of skiing and offers many beautiful spots for winter photos.

Dog sledding – we all love our furry friends. And they love to play with us. How better to enjoy them and winter than to go dog sledding. A mere hour’s drive from Wausau gets you to Crocker Hills Horse and Dog Sled Trail System in Elton, WI.

 Downhill skiing and snowboarding – if you need a bit more speed and an adrenaline rush, strap on your helmet and chase your rush down Granite Peak Ski Area.

You can also go ice fishing, Skijoring (yes that’s a thing), snow tubing, ice skating, snowmobiling and of course fat tire biking. Central Wisconsin has an abundance of wintery things to do and Shepherd & Schaller encourages you to get out there and enjoy them. (We can help with gear too!)

Of course, when the day is done and everyone is tired, happy and hungry Wausau has numerous places to eat, drink and sleep so you can start all over the next day.

That’s what we do here at Shepherd & Schaller. We live. We play. (We have thrown a few snowballs!). We eat. We drink. We sleep. And then we do it all again. Winter outdoor life Sheps way!

Even non-skiers have fun on the sun decks at Granite Peak Ski Area in Wausau.

Student Appreciation Sale Oct 1-10

Step away from the lecture hall, the books and the homework for a few minutes at Shepherd & Schaller, where our Student Appreciation Sale is our high-five for your grueling studies and hard earned reward.

 

 

 

 

Step away from the lecture hall, the books and the homework for a few minutes at Shepherd & Schaller, where our Student Appreciation Sale is our high-five for your grueling studies and hard earned reward.

Visit us in-store October 1-10 and present your current student id card for 10% off all in-stock clothing, shoes, boots and day packs.  You even get pre-season pricing on ski and snowboard equipment to pay less than your parents and their friends.  How’s that for a reward?! Yep, your student credentials mean you pay less for the must-haves you see all over campus.

Celebrate your school pride by wearing your schools colors, logo or even that foam finger you’ve got.  That, with your student id will earn you a change to win a prize!

Take our advice: work hard, play hard.  You deserve it.

The fine print:

  • 10% discount is off full retail price on our price tag
  • This discount may not be combined with other discounts
  • Discount not available on special order clothes, shoes or boots or on equipment other than day packs.
  • You MUST present your current student ID to receive the discount
  • Discount is not retroactive to previous purchases
  • Tell your friends about Shep’s Student Appreciation Sale and follow us on Social Media for more great deals, contests and events!

Snowboard and Ski Warranty. How, Why, When.

What does and doesn’t qualify a Snowboard or Ski for warranty?  How, why, when?

First, thank you for shopping at Shepherd & Schaller.  Know that Ski and Snowboard manufacturers are diligent about their product design and construction, and it’s rare that the ski and snowboard equipment we sell suffers a defect, but when it does, our Warranty Manager will work with the manufacturer who will answer the question “Does this qualify for warranty coverage?” Then, following the manufacturer’s instruction, we will handle your warranty claim.  We are usually required to provide them with a photo of the gear in question and occasionally we are instructed to ship it back to the manufacturer for further inspection.  The manufacturer makes the decision.  We are the middle-man in the process, happy to help.

How will you know when a warranty is likely?  When is it worth pursuing?  We’re sharing a post from the fine folks at MichiganBoarder.com which colorfully provides some answers.  They speak the truth, which can be difficult to explain and sometimes hard to hear.  Their explanation for snowboards can generally be transferred to skis as well.

We’re grateful that you shopped at Shepherd & Schaller and we are here to assist you with the warranty process, so please notify us right away if your equipment seems unhealthy.

The following, which specifically addresses snowboard warranties, was posted by BennyWest on MichiganBoarder.com on March 4, 2016.  Stop here if you are sensitive to colorful language, including profanity.

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Look, a lot of us have been there, disappointed in the longevity of our new whip. Before I get into this article I just want to clarify this isn’t about anyone in particular. It has been an odd year at my store and the kids are really putting a beating on their decks. I’m not upset with any of my kids or the brands. I love you little monsters with all my heart. A big shout out to our brands too because they have gone above and beyond; another reason to shop at a store with doors. That online retailor isn’t going to do shit for you.

So you broke your board and you want it warrantied. Why did it break? Was it made poorly? Is it the brand’s fault you’re a grown ass man on a 149cm gapping to flat? Is it their fault that these kids have gotten so good that folded boards are becoming more and more common? It’s not.

See the whole warranty thing from most brands covers the board if there was a mishap in its original construction. By “mishap” I mean the glue didn’t cure and there is a delamination or the edge is coming out RANDOMLY, or the die cut graphics on the base are falling out, and sometimes, even when the board snaps in a weird spot because the wood inside was sub par. I mean shit like that, a MANUFACTURING problem. A warranty covers something going wrong with the board because somewhere down the line there was a faulty build material or a mistake in the build. That’s what is covered. No more, no less. The tech and build processes that go into snowboards have got so precise that a true warranty is getting extremely rare. The companies say their board will last X (usually 1 or 2) amount of years from normal snowboarding. What normal snowboarding entails is riding the fucker down the hill and not touching anything but snow. I cannot stress this enough, your board being damaged from any contact with a solid object is not a warranty. That’s right, any damage from riding rails, hitting a rock, and landing tail or nose heavy on your deck is NOT A WARRANTY.

NOT A WARRANTY

NOT A WARRANTY

Now, this is a conundrum because all these brands make boards specifically geared toward the specific misuse of said board and violation of said warranty. You know what I am saying? You buy your deck and that sticker on the back shows how great it is on rails or jumps or in the backcountry. How does that work? Well, I will come back to that.

I ‘ve concluded that there are four types of reasons your board is broke.

Somewhere along the build process a shitty material or a fuck up in the build caused your deck to break in one way or another. This is legit; your shop will dial you in. I do mean shop. *side note, if you buy your gear online you don’t care about snowboarding. I don’t care if it’s cheaper. Any shop will price match. Don’t come to us when the boots you bought online don’t fit and you’re heading up north tomorrow. Actually we will help you because we love you but we will talk shit about you when you leave.

You’re abusing your deck and being a slap dick with your friends being all “I don’t give a fuck” and intentionally beating your shit up only to turn around and show your boys how gnarly you were and your deck is broke. When you do this you’re giving a bad image to a normally very well respected brand. You’re hurting their reputation all to massage your ego.

You are snowboarding above your level. What this means is you’re good. So good it’s time for you to step up to bigger shit. When I made the comment above about brands making decks that are specifically designed to void the warranty; this is where that comment has weight. Dan Brisse can go huge and his board takes what he dishes out and then over time it’s had too much and finally dies. Pro boards actually go quite a long ways. I’m talking a majority of the season if not more. Now why is that? They are doing this super heavy shit, but their boards don’t break. It’s because they’re doing it cleaner and have the science of things locked up. If you are mounting your rail tricks right and stomping your jumps the board can actually deal with the abuse. If you’re not quite there and you’re dinging your lip slides and not going fast enough gapping out to stuff it will break.

Likely a warranty

Likely a warranty

You’re a monster. You are Frank April and you are doing stuff so big that the board can’t handle it. Congrats, but if you are that good you need to keep in mind that pros get free snowboards and you don’t. Does that mean dial it back? Absolutely not, what that means is it’s a cost of doing business. You want to go hard on shit you’re gonna break boards and you need to understand that you will have to pony up some coin.

There is not a lot board brands can do to beef up their boards beyond what they’ve done already. If you want a fun park board with a softer flex it’s not gonna be bullet proof. You want a bulletproof deck? Buy a Never Summer and ride that 2×8 down the hill cursing the board all the way to the ATM machine. It is what it is. You can’t have your cake and eat it too.

The other thing is… don’t be a tough guy and “finish” your deck. If you have a legitimate odd ball break send the board back. Putting your foot in the crack and breaking it is just pretty much throwing you chance at a warranty right out the window. If you got a box in your Subaru full of freshies than by all means, but again you bring that in to a shop all decapitated and it’s over.

I can’t speak for other shops, but I can say the brands we carry go out of their way to make it right with the customer. Core shops have relationships with the reps and the brands and are usually able to do something for you. Shops like the ones I speak of carry boards from brands that are snowboarder owned and operated. They know what it’s like to be bummed on a deck and I promise they don’t want that for you. When you’re cursing whatever brand to your friends. Remember, you either ride a bulletproof plank that is the equivalent of riding a picnic table on it’s back down the hill or you ride that damn-nice very well built park deck. Also, I recommend stepping up from the four hundred dollar range; a lot of pro models have that extra tech in them that adds a few seasons to that life span. Or perhaps in your case it will get you through the season… ha ha! Come on guys give your local shop a break… whooo whah! Don’t judge me.

2015 Black Friday Deals at Shepherd & Schaller

We’re a little calm in the Black Friday storm.  Shop Shepherd & Schaller Sporting Goods from a civilized 8am-8pm on November 27th.  You’ll enjoy all that’s best about preparing for gift giving season.  Helpful expert customer service, a welcoming shopping environment and genuine value.  Our premium outdoor specialty equipment, outerwear, sportswear, footwear and accessories are discounted for savings you expect.  Ski and Snowboard equipment is all on sale, along with the accessories you need for a perfect day on the slopes.  Bikes, water sports and camping gear all have a gift-friendly low Shep’s price too.

Want a peak at the special deals you’ll get not only Black Friday, but while supplies last through December 6th?  Simply scroll!

Shepherd & Schaller Gift Cards are a welcome gift.  The skier or snowboarder on your list would love to treat their ski and snowboard gear to a day of TLC in our newly expanded Back Shop.  Four new Wintersteiger tuning machines in the hands of our artist, Pete Kohlmoos, tune your product to good-as-new condition, ready to set records on the race course and feel like butter under your feet.  Complete 10-step ski or snowboard tune and wax is $34.99 (Reg. $50).  We offer Hot Box wax, custom repairs and computer calibrated binding settings too.

And because we know you are wondering, Smartwool Socks will be Buy 3 Get 1 Free.  Santa’s favorite stocking!

Here are just a few of the deals in store:

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Team Night 2015

Calling ski & snowboard team & club members! Join us at Shep’s when we host a night for you; a night with access to special team discounts. If you’ve been around before, you probably know that raffles and giveaways are sure to show up too. 🙂 Rally up your teammates, come on down, and get the gear you need to have the best season of your life.

Are you a coach wanting to get your team involved? Call us at the store and we’ll chat! 715-845-5432.

Thinking about joining a team?  Our friends from Granite Peak Ski Team will be here to help you get started.

 

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