Christy Sports Continues Expansion in Big Sky with Acquisition of Grizzly Outfitters.
LAKEWOOD, Colo. – Christy Sports, the premier winter & outdoor specialty retail and rental operator helping people #stepoutside, today announces the acquisition of Grizzly Outfitters, a specialty outdoor retail and rental operator located at 11 Lone Peak Drive, Suite 101 Big Sky, MT 59716. The acquisition closed on December 14, 2022; financial terms were not disclosed.
For almost thirty years, Grizzly Outfitters has been serving outdoor enthusiasts in Big Sky Town Center, just seven miles from the slopes on the main access road to Big Sky Resort. Aligned with our core value to deliver an exceptional experience, this is a very convenient location to serve guests year-round. The shop offers quality rental and demo equipment along with a full retail shop, precision ski tuning, and repair. This new store is the second location for Christy Sports in Montana, and will complement the slope side rental & retail location which was added in Big Sky Mountain Village last winter. This new location is another great example of strategic expansion to provide guests the best and most convenient omnichannel network to serve their needs and maximize their outdoor experiences in the Rockies and beyond.
“We are excited to continue our strategic growth into Montana and offer new and current guests the opportunity to experience the world-class service Grizzly Outfitters is known for in combination with the Christy Sports Difference provided at all of our locations.” said Gary Montes de Oca, Chief Development and Strategy Officer at Christy Sports.
The Grizzly Outfitters’ motto of “never settle for second best” and understanding of guest needs aligns with Christy Sports’ culture and philosophy, which was a key factor in Ken Lancey’s and Andrew Schreiner's decision to sell the business.
Grizzly Outfitters will continue to operate under its current name and location this winter to reduce disruptions for current guests and staff, as we fully transition the store to a Christy Sports next summer.
“The staff at Grizzly Outfitters shares the same passion for guest service that we have at Christy Sports to help people #stepoutside, and we are excited to have them join our team,” said Dan Fox, Chief Store Operations Officer at Christy Sports.
BIG SKY, MONTANA
Located in the Madison Mountain range and only an hour away from Yellowstone, Big Sky is Montana’s most popular ski resort. Boasting 5,800 acres of skiable terrain there is something for everyone whether you are looking to cruise and enjoy they scenery or experience some of the gnarliest terrain Montana has to offer. The Lone Peak Tram will drop you off at 11,116 feet and is a rite of passage for big mountain skiers and locals alike. Big Sky's dreamy mountain extends into its nightlife with ample opportunity to enjoy an après experience.
Grizzly Outfitters was recently acquired by Christy Sports.