Darkside Snowboards first opened in Killington, Vermont in 1989. Snowboarding was in its infancy, but Bill and Teeta Langlands decided to give it a shot. Brushing off the laughter of the ski industry, Darkside grew with snowboarding as equipment improved and more people jumped on board. Darkside operated at the top of the Killington Access road next to Nightspot Outback until 2006, when land was purchased down the road and Darkside as it stands today was built. Building on the success of Killington, Darkside Okemo opened in Ludlow, followed by Darkside Stowe.
The year was 1989. Already a snow sports business owner on the Killington access road, Bill Langlands decided to give snowboarding, the mountain's newest craze, a shot. He was instantly hooked. Ever since that first day on a snowboard, Bill has lived and breathed all things snowboarding. Having spent years traveling throughout New England selling fresh fish to local restaurants, Bill now spends his days exploring mountains all over the world. With his wife, Teeta, by his side, you can find Bill at the shop selling snowboards to his people, stocking his wall of stomp or gearing up to shred some fresh on the mountain.
All three of our shops are located just minutes from the lifts at Killington Resort, Stowe Mountain Resort and Okemo Mountain Resort. A convenient stop on your way to the mountain, Darkside has everything you need for a day on the slopes. We offer rentals and demos from the leading manufacturers. Skip the line at the resort and get your set up quickly. On your way down, drop your gear off for a tune and pick it up in the morning. Forgot you gloves, goggles or jacket? Stop into Darkside and choose from the best snowboard gear on the market. Our Killington location is also home to the Dark Park. Join us for a free session under the lights after the mountain closes, just bring your hiking legs. If you are in Stowe, park at the shop, walk over to the newly opened Alchemist Brewery for a 4 pack of your favorite craft brew, then pop in the shop and check out the new Burton at Darkside section of our shop.
The best part about being a customer at Darkside is feeling the PASSION for snowboarding as you walk through the doors. History oozes from the walls, the smell of hot wax fills your nostrils, you high five a staff member and the sound of stoke enters your ears. Since day one, Darkside has been a rider owned and operated shop, with a focus on superior service while offering the finest selection of snowboard brands. Our highly knowledgeable staff has first hand experience using each piece of gear we stock and will get you set up properly whether you are just here for the day or are here for the season. You can't try new boots on or get your board set up by a professional online, so stop by your local Darkside today and leave with a smile of satisfaction on your face.
With Darkside's doors having been open for almost three decades, the list of legendary customers goes on and on. Most recently, snowboard filmer Pierre Wikberg (Robot Food/DC Mtn Lab) came through our Killington location to get a glimpse of Darkside's glory. He had heard tales of Darkside from his peers and we were stoked to show him around. This fall, before the annual Bash at Jake Burton's house, the Burton Global team came to our Stowe location to celebrate the opening of Burton at Stowe. They couldn't leave without grabbing a few Darkside tees, stickers and skate decks to remember their time in Vermont. We also would like to give a shout out to all of our loyal customers who have backed Darkside since day one!
Darkside has employed many a snowboarder over the past 27 years. Some are just passing through the shop as they float from mountain town to mountain town, some move on to “real world” jobs in the city, but some stick to the snowboard industry and end up working for the brands they used to sell in the shop. Our employees are an integral part to Darkside's success and we thank all of you, past and present, for making Darkside what it is today!
Darkside Killington has its own hike park known as The Dark Park. This past season, we installed new lights to make the Dark Park accessible after the mountain stops spinning the lifts. With a handful of movable features to session, the options are endless. The Dark Park also serves as an event venue, hosting snowboarding contests throughout the season. When the snow melts, check out our skateboarding mini ramp located behind the shop, also with lights!
The Founding Family
Nils and Hans Mindnich
Bobby Van Houten
Jesse "Big Gucci" Gomez
Dylan and Tyler Lynch
Jeremy Landy (Lemi)
Jay "Rosey" Rosenbaum
"Tall" Tom Gilligan
Nick "T-Bird" Thompson