Clear consensus that you should stop in Burlington. Both Ski Rack and Alpine Shop are good, but they have completely opposite characters. Ski Rack carries all the mainstream garbage that I don't want to see in a shop (if you like Armada and Salomon going here will be your best day ever). I personally loathe both of those brands entirely. Alpine shop has more of the core brands (Moment, 4Frnt) and I would say definitely a better selection overall, especially in the softgoods area. That being said, I did buy my boots, skis, bindings at Ski Rack (can't beat the boot fitters at Ski Rack). Both shops have their positives and negatives, I'm going to say that Alpine takes the cake. Alpine Shop's discount / leftover ski selection has unbelievably low prices btw.