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Big Bear Lake, California

Getboards started in 1998 under the name chappellskiboards.com by Tony Grieco and Nathan Chappell. The company was one of the first online skiboard stores and one of Jason Levinthal's first retailers, selling Line Skiboards. After a few years, skiboards were faded out of the store and twin tip skis took off! In 2003, Getboards moved its warehouse and opened a brick-and-mortar ski shop on the Boulevard in Big Bear Lake, California. The shop expanded rapidly with its main focus on park skis and snowboards, so a second shop was opened a few blocks down the road to focus on a larger boot-fitting and rental department. Getboards is celebrating 20 years this season with Grieco and his wife, Katie, still the owners of the two shops and online store. Getboards' "try before you buy" program has been a huge success the last few years and five-star customer treatment and a "no debt policy" have kept the shop going strong.