When Mike and Jodie Timkey wanted to open a ski rental business, their parents thought they were crazy. Ellicottville, in the 1980s, is not like Ellicottville today. Holiday Valley and HoliMont, while successful, weren't the East Coast powerhouses you've come to know and love. But an entrepreneurial spirit drove the Timkeys, and Barnyard Ski Rental was born.
Since that first winter, The Boardroom (and Alpine Ski Rental) has prided itself on being Western New York's premier snowboard shop. A fire that burned the original building to the ground, bad winters and a fluctuating economy hasn't stopped us from pushing forward and bringing you the best in product, service and vibe.
When you hear the term "mom & pop," look no further. This business has been run by the Timkey family since its start, and we pride ourselves on that. You'll come in and see Mike (Iron, El Jefe, and a plethora of other nicknames) slinging rentals or dropping OG knowledge. Jodie, our mama bear, keeping the ship sailing smoothly. Samantha, a merchandizing wizard who can simultaneously sell you whatever you want while chasing her son around. Spencer, who will fit you into the perfect snowboard, boot and binding setup and then show the world on Instagram. But the beautiful thing? The family isn't just the four of us. It's Bobby "The Wind" Sawicki, Evan Deglopper, Tyler Burns, Jolene Dunkleman and the other friendly faces you'll see when you come in. It's our four trusty shop dogs - beagles, in particular - Shamus, Chief, Douglas and Lincoln. It's #TeamBoardroom - our legion of friends and family who won't shop anywhere else. It's each and every person who's ever shopped with us, supported us and rode with us through the good times and the bad (but honestly, with these folks, no times are bad.)
We have never sold online - until now. This is an exciting step for us as a business, because we can now service our awesome customers wherever they're at, whether it be Buffalo, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Ontario or anywhere else. You'll have access to the industry's best brands right on your phone, tablet or computer. We're the area's only dealer for Burton Step On - the reception it had in Year 1 was insane, and we can't wait to keep it going. New for 2018-19 is Jones, which is a brand we've sought after for a long time. Throw in power brands like Lib Tech, GNU, Salomon, Stance, Giro, anon, Oakley, Smith, Quiksilver, Under Armour (amongst many others), we've got the full monty to get you on the hill in the best product from the best brands. This year we're also offering helmet rentals so you can keep your brain covered!
Open Labor Day until whenever Holiday Valley or HoliMont decides to call it quits, we're here. Regardless of if you're looking for a brand new setup, ski/snowboard rentals, outerwear or just to say hello, stop by and see us. We're always down to make new friends.