Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Turkey Daze

We hope you have a wonderful and relaxing day in preparation for our favorite day of the year!
Fontana will be opening at 8 am on Friday, Nov 26th with extra special deals until 2pm.
Save up to 75% on: Hats, gloves, Smartwool and Wigwam socks, North Face t-shirts, Columbia fleece, men's, women's and kid's ski pants, ski goggles and helmets, hand warmers, ice cream makers, snorkel sets, camping accessories, and much more!
Also...the first 50 people to make a $50 purchase will receive
a free lift ticket to Tyrol Basin (limit one per person)

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Token Creek Conservancy Work Day

Below is a letter sent to Jutith Hutchinson. Thanks to Judith and and to Troup 333 for your hard work in keeping Token Creek beautiful and healthy!

Despite the weather, off and on light rain, many boys and parents, and 1 sister, from Troop 333 participated in today's conservation workday held at the Elmer and Edna Culver Conservancy grounds off Egre road.

The volunteers began their work around 9:00 am today and vigorously pruned numerous tag elders and buckhorn tree shoots. The work safely accomplished today by the volunteers will help the conservancy continue their ongoing work next spring on the natural prairie grounds section of the conservancy.

Upon completing our task, we enjoyed some donuts and a tour of the conservancy grounds and viewed up-close the springs on the property. This tour was lead by the passionate Judith Hutchinson, Token Creek Conservancy Chair and work coordinator for today's project. We learned about the importance of Token Creek to:
Maintaining clean and high quality water,
Supplying a large volume of water to the Madison chain of lakes,
Wildlife such as birds, fish, deer, foxes, and other mammals,
Establishing for the conservancy for people to enjoy the outdoors.
Finally, a big THANK YOU to Judith Hutchinson. I know you took precious time away from your husband and your business, Fontana Sports Specialties, to be there for the scouts today. Thank you for sharing your love for scouting, nature, and the conservancy with us all-you clearly have a passion for all three. Also, thank you for taking the time to help bring today's event together. THANK YOU again.

Please enjoy the photos and I hope we can do this again next year.

Terry Pursifull
Assistant Scoutmaster Troop 333.

Friday, November 05, 2010

Winter Adventure Sale - ON NOW!

It's finally getting colder and we're on the verge of snow. Now is the time to shop for all the gear you need for the winter and we're making it easier with a SALE!
-Downhill Skis and Boots - 20-50% off
-Cross Country Ski Packages - up to 35% off
-Snowboard Packages - up to 35% off
-Select Ski Helmets and Goggles - up to 45%
- Atlas 925 snow shoe package - $149.99 (reg. $199.99)
-Select styles of Manzella gloves - 20% off
-Columbia Sportswear and Outerwear - 25% off
-ALL Smartwool, Wigwam, and Icebreaker Socks - Buy 2 get 1 FREE!
-Powder Room and Ripzone clothing on Sale
-Terramar Base Layers (merino wool, silk, or synthetic) - 25% off
And many more excellent deals!
We have a great selection of winter outerwear from The North Face, Patagonia, Mountain Hardwear, Marmot, Columbia, Lole and other great brands. Gear up and stay warm this winter.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Warren Miller Wintervention

Ski season is getting closer, and if the chilly nights and crisp air aren't enough to get you excited a sure fire way to get pumped is to check out the latest Warren Miller film: Wintervention. This year's film narrated by skiing icon Jonny Moseley takes you on a world tour that includes stops in Alaska, Norway, Canada, Antarctica and beyond. Your travel companions include 26 world class riders such as Chris Davenport and Lindsey Vonn.
Want a Wintervention?
Where: Barrymore Theater
When: Thursday, October 21st 8:00 pm
How: Purchase tickets at Fontana Sports Specialties or any regular Barrymore ticket outlet
Cost: $19.00
And if just the show is not enough...ticket holders will receive FREE lift tickets to Granite Peak, Lutsen Mountain, and Chestnut mountain plus a coupon for $25 off at Fontana Sports.

Saturday, September 04, 2010

Wild Utah: America's Red Rock Wilderness

We are super excited to be hosting another speaker at Fontana!
Thursday, September 16 from 7-8pm at Fontana West (231 Junction Rd)
Clayton Daughtenbaugh is the Midwest Regional Organizer for the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance. He will be presenting a slideshow documenting citizen efforts to designate public lands in southern Utah's spectacular canyon country as part of the National Wilderness Preservation System.

This 15-minute journey through red rock splendor invigorates and motivates viewers to participate in the movement to protect these unique lands. It will be shown in conjunction with a presentation on the current status of the Utah wilderness movement

"These are spectacular public lands owned by all Americans. As citizens we have a great opportunity to act to protect these special places," says Daughenbaugh. Daughenbaugh is also the Chair of the Sierra Club's National Wildlands Committee and author of "Common Sense Democracy: How to Complete the American Revolution in Your Neighborhood.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Southwestern Utah Exploartion - Speaker

Fontana is hosting speaker Brad O' Grosky on Thursday August 26 from 7-8pm at out west Madison location: 231 Juntion Rd.

The four corners of Southwestern Utah contain many canyons, ancient Indian ruins and wonderful wilderness for day hiking and backpacking. See a photo presentation of some of the cultural resources that are still preserved after 900 to 1500 years and hear of the wilderness areas that house them, awaiting your exploration. Over the past 14 years, Brad has volunteered on many archaeological projects with the Park Service, Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management in an effort to continue to protect these treasures and will share some of his experiences at these wonderful sites.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010


It is hard to believe that summer is winding down but there are only a few weeks left. At Fontana that means we are starting to get in winter product. Jackets and fleece are already on the shelves. Skis and snowboards are in the warehouse and there is lots more on the way. That is good news; but the GREAT news is in order to make room, summer product is on sale!

At our WEST SIDE LOCATION (231 Junction Rd.) We are having a huge tent sale!

Summer clothing, shoes, sandals, kayaks, inline skates and camping gear are all on sale anywhere from 20 to 75% off. We are also clearing out a winter leftovers from last year, there are a bunch of great skis and snowboards so you can gear up for snow and save money!
Stop by now through August 22nd and catch the deals!

Saturday, June 19, 2010

4th of July Sale!

We are celebrating the 4th of July with a sale!

Now through the 4th of July shop either Fontana Sports location for excellent deals on all the gear you need for a great summer, no matter what your plans are.

Going hiking out west?
We have Leki trekking poles on sale for 25% or more off; and select styles of Vasque hiking boots, Keen sandals, and Smartwool socks are 20% to 25% off.
Want to take up Kayaking?Emotion, Pelican, and Mainstream kayaks are 10%-15% off and kayak paddles and PFD's are up to 30% off.
Going to the Beach?
Teva flip flops and Lole swimwear are 20% off. Select styles of Smith sunglasses are 60% or 65% off! Save on snorkel sets as well!
Taking the family camping?
We have a great selection of tents on sale, ranging from 2 person to 6 person to accommodate any size family. Also on sale are all the accessories you need: sleeping bags, screen tent, bug spray, camp chairs, flashlights, lanterns, weather radios, and rain jackets (just in case.)
Going backpacking out East?
Lightweight tents by Sierra Designs are on sale up to 20% off. Kelty Cosmic (20 degree) down sleeping bags are only $89.99, and backpacks by Kelty and High Sierra start at $79.99.
Undecided?Stop in and talk with our friendly and knowledgeable staff about all the amazing possibilities!


Thursday, May 20, 2010

Grand Opening Sale!

We're happily settled into our new store. Time to celebrate with a sale! We have awesome deals at BOTH our Henry St and Junction Rd stores.

Now through May 31st.

Free Passes to Mt. Olympus Water Park in Wisconsin Dells.

30% off all Smartwool, Wigwam, and Icebreaker Socks
20% off Sigg Bottles
25% off Clif and Luna Bars
25% off all Camelbak Packs and Water Bottles
20% off or more on all Eureka Tents and select Marmot and Mountain Hardwear Tents
10% off Therm-a-Rest Sleeping Pads
25% off all binoculars
20% off all Yakima boxes and Accessories
20% off Adeventure Medical First Aid Kits
15% off Full Priced Kayaks
10% off Tilley Hats
20% off Vasque Boots
20% off Superfeet Insoles
20% off Smith Sunglasses
25% off Timex Watches
25% off MTI PFD's and Bending Branches Paddles

Select Clothing from Mountain Hardwear, Prana, Patagonia, The North Face, Columbia, Lole, ExOfficio, and Marmot on Sale.

Plus many more in store specials! Stop in and see us!

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Ridiculous Word...Excellent Concept


Glamorous camping, or luxury camping.

I'm generally not at all a fan of blending words to create a cutesy catchword (I still cringe at the mention of staycations) however, I can't deny the appeal of the concept.

Don't get me wrong, I have done my share of grungy, 20 days in the back country, in the hot sun, schlepping a pack and not showering. And I have loved every moment of it! But sometimes you don't want to have to search out the softest leaves to use in the lavatory. Sometimes it's nice to enjoy the beauty of nature in relative comfort.

Despite argument from some "hard core" outdoors men and women, there is nothing wrong with using a cushy queen sized air mattress in an open airy tent. Donning your stylish but functional Icebreaker tank and Mountain Hardwear skirt, going for a walk by the lake then finding a quaint restaurant to enjoy a sunset and a glass of wine.

There are 100's of products now that allow for comfortable and clean enjoyment of a weekend spent outdoors. Here are just a few...
Eureka Copper Canyon 1610 Tent

This two room tent provides plenty of space for sleeping and lounging, the screened in porch is great if it is raining or if bugs are on the prowl and at seven feet high you can move around in comfort.

Coleman Double high Quickbed - Queen

Eighteen inches high, queen sized mattress, fits standard sheets so bring the 600 thread counts and sleep like a baby! Air pump included for fast and easy set up.

GCI Outdoors Unifold Lounge Chair and Lexan Wine Glass

The chair provides comfort and support, with stem ware and regular cup holders. The wine glass is classy and virtually indestructible.

Plus there are many performance clothes that will keep you looking good and feeling great! Here are a few modeled by our employees.

Thursday, May 06, 2010

New Store Open!

Our new location at 216 N. Henry Street is now open! Since a picture is worth 1000 words...

John and Tim consulting about the fitting rooms, The new store front

The gear side

The Clothing side

Stop by and see us!

Thursday, April 15, 2010

The end is near...50-80% off!

Of the sale that is. We're in our last weeks in our old downtown location. We still have a lot of great winter inventory. You'll find unbeatable prices on skis, snowboards, and other winter gear you can get totally decked out for next year. And it gets better...prices are dropping again. Everything in the store is now 50-80% off, so stop in, check out the deals, and make you walk by our new location, right next door at 216 Henry St.

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Movin' right along...

April is almost here, which is moving month for our down town store. Construction is coming along well at our new location and should be done in a couple weeks.

That means however that we still have a couple weeks left of out MOVING SALE. There is still a lot of great merchandise left at awesome prices. Everything in the store including winter apparel by The North Face, Columbia, Patagonia, Mountain Hardwear, and Marmot is 40%-70% off original prices. Get ready for next winter at half the price and don't forget to peek in the windows of our new location next door (216 N. Henry.)

Buy one get one Tree

It seems like spring is here to stay. Time to dig out the summer footwear. If it's looking (or smelling) a little rough April is the perfect time for a new pair of Chacos.
For every pair of Chacos purchased in the month of April a tree will be planted in a national forest. So you can do something good for your feet and the environment.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Olympic Fever

I love the Olympics! I can't get enough, I will be stumbling around the shop sleep deprived for the next 2 weeks because I am not able to shut off the TV at night.

As a child I always wanted to be a figure skater. After watching hours of skating would I prance around the house doing "triple axles" and skating across the wood floors. Unfortunately the dream never came to fruition because every time I put on skates there was an intense magnetic connection between the ground and my rear. Seriously, physicists should study it.

Lately the sport that draws me is snowboarding; half pipe, snowboard cross, anything, it all looks amazing! Alas the same phenomenon occurs when I strap on a snowboard. Looks like my Olympic participation will be limited to spectating...

We do have some Olympic ties here at Fontana however. Ethiopian cross country skier Robel Teklemariam is a former employee. He is competing in his second Olympics as the sole member of the Ethiopian Olympic team. We wish him the best of luck! For more info on Robel check out the link below.

Enjoy the games!

Thursday, January 28, 2010


After 36 years Fontana Sports will be moving to a
new downtown location!

This means that everything must be cleared out of our State Street store as we prepare to move. Liquidation prices of 20%-75% off on EVERTHING in the store.

Hurry in for the best selection of downhill and cross country skis, snowshoes, camping equipment, footwear, and awesome clothing by brands like Smartwool, Icebreaker, Patagonia, The North Face, Mountain Hardwear, Marmot, and more.

Don't forget to walk by our NEW location right next door (216 North Henry Street) which will be opening in Spring 2010 (We're aiming for April.)