Our Story:

Over 50 years ago John and Sidney Maxwell founded a company called The Ski Hut, in Wilton Center, as a way to share their family's  passion for skiing with the community. In 1983 their son, Jack Maxwell changed our name to Outdoor Sports Center, and moved us to 80 Danbury Road in Wilton. The name and location change was part Jack's dream to share his enthusiasm and philosophy; to help grow and nurture respect for the outdoors by using it as our playground. Today, we are still 100% family owned, many of our staff have been with us for 15 years or more, and we are proud to have customers that can recall our "Ski Hut" heritage.

Our commitment remains to promote a friendly and knowledgeable community, to provide only the best gear and service, and to always promote awareness of outdoor resources through their use as a playground. 

Learning to Ride


It's the perfect time of year to teach your children one of the most important lessons of their lives - how to ride a bike! Cycling acts as a form of transportation, a form of exercise, a way to unwind, and a way to feel free. Everyone learns at a different speed and can learn at any age, so there is no specific time by which your child should be moving to a new step in the process. We've put together a step-by-step description of the best way to teach your children how to ride, a method that can be used to teach kids of all ages! Some children can learn this way without having to add training wheels at all, and some people have reported children learning to ride by this method in just one day. No matter what, be sure to take it slow and make it fun, and your child will be riding like a pro in no time!


Go-To Running Shoes


We interviewed James Whipple, director of the Sono Half and experienced ultra-runner, to find his go-to shoes for running. No surprise here--James owns over 40 pairs of sneakers, and alternates between 2 to 3 during his training periods. James showed us the shoes he loves most for both trail and road running, and what makes them the best tool for a healthier run! Read on to find out how James prepares for a race, and the shoes that keep him on his feet!


Tuesday Night Running Club


We're excited for the first ever half-marathon in South Norwalk! Ready to conquer your first half? We had James Whipple, running coach and director of the SONO half, build us the perfect training plan to get race ready! Since there are 18 weeks until race day, we have plenty of time to build up our muscles and mileage! Outdoor Sports Center is here to help you stay motivated with our New Running Club meeting every Tuesday night @ 6:15 pm, June 16th until race day: Oct 17th! We will be focusing on short run days, varying mileage from 3-5 miles on the Norwalk River Valley Trail. Runs are lead by James and Shannon Whipple, and Outdoor Sports Center Staff: Kate, Brittney, John and Heidi. Check out our full training plan below and the weekly run schedule, with route map! Get ready to run! 




We couldn't be more excited to announce that the new GoPro HERO+ LCD is on shelves now, just in time to capture a summer of outdoor fun and excitement. Father's Day and graduation are both right around the corner, so for all those active dads and grads, the HERO+ LCD makes the perfect gift! The GoPro can go anywhere with you, from the top of a mountain to out on the water, and it is incredibly easy to use. This amazing device allows you to capture more of yourself and your surroundings in the shot--resulting in captivating, ultra engaging footage of every adventure.


Best Gear Out on the Trail!


This weekend, June 6th and 7th, is Trails Weekend, meaning there are over 200 events statewide to explore, clean up, and celebrate our local hiking trails! Connecticut has 139 state parks and forests, offering endless opportunities for new terrain no matter where you live. Events range from group hikes to volunteer trail maintenance meetups, and there are many events happening right here in Fairfield County. Check out the Norwalk River Valley Trail, built in sections around Wilton and Norwalk, projected to connect from Calf Pasture Beach to Rodgers Park in Danbury! Click here to learn more and find an event for your family to attend! Be prepared for these trail events with gear to keep you safe and comfortable on the trail! 


More on the next page...