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. 

Glide Through Winter

01/28/2016

 
Here are the three top reasons why you should try cross country
skiing this year:


1. The workout: Offering one of the best full-body workouts out of any sport, cross country skiing works just about every muscle in your body.  It's one of the most demanding cardio sports out there; using a combination of coordination and power, cross country skiing burns as many calories as running while gliding with the ease of skating.

2. The quick learning curve: The technique of cross country skiing is simple to pick up, quickly becoming a lifelong sport that is easy on the joints and low impact. Even the skis are easier to maintain; most of them are waxless, needing fewer tune-ups than downhill skis.

3. The convenience: You aren't as limited when it comes to where you can cross country ski. As long as there is enough snow and a clear path you can roam anywhere; just be sure any obstacles such as rocks and roots are covered in a heavy layer! We suggest a local state park that already has trails, or a golf course with smooth ground and rolling hills. If there aren't any nearby, don't be afraid to ski right out your door and down a non-busy side street.

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Year in Review

12/31/2015

It's time to say hello to another new year, and as we bid 2015 farewell, we have so much to look back on! We tried new things, went more miles, and set new goals for 2016. We're proud of our accomplishments, but we're always looking for new challenges to conquer in the outdoor world. Take a look at our amazingly action-packed 2015, and get ready to plan for a happy overly ambitious New Year!

 

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Travel Luggage

12/10/2015

When traveling for a ski trip, stressing over awkward luggage and new airport regulations is extra baggage you just don't need! If you're planning to fly with your equipment, it's important to make sure your skis are safe and secure so you can have a worry-free trip. We nailed down our tried and true ways to keep your equipment protected in transit. 

 

 

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Learning to Ride

11/20/2015

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!

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Best Gear Out on the Trail!

11/01/2015

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! 

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