Although Monod Sports has become a diversified outdoor sporting goods store based in Banff National Park (with a retail store in Banff and online store), every major theme can be traced back to the family’s history of skiing, mountaineering and love of the outdoors. John Monod, founder of Monod Sports, never came to Canada from Switzerland with the intention of being a retailer. He was an adventurer, a mountaineer and a young man looking for a new start in a new country. Above all else, Johnny Monod was a skier.
John’s sons, Peter, Nick and Phillip, and John's step-daughter, Stephanie Townsend, all grew up in the tradition of skiing. Stephanie, Phillip and Peter were members of the Canadian National Ski Team and raced on the World Cup Circuit. Phillip was Canadian Junior Champion and Peter was seven-time Canadian Champion and one-time U.S. Champion. Likewise, Nick spent a number of years ski racing at both national and international levels.
Today, the Monod brothers carry on their father's tradition of providing superior products from around the globe while maintaining the spirit of excellent customer service at Monod Sports. The technical knowledge developed through the brothers' years of ski racing has earned Monod Sports an exceptional reputation in the ski industry.
In addition to their love of hiking, mountaineering, ski touring, camping, fly fishing and the outdoor lifestyle, the brothers' passion and continuing devotion to the sport of Canadian ski racing drive them to work one-on-one with up and coming junior racers. During their free time on winter weekends, the brothers can be found on the ski slopes, encouraging their next generation of skiers, or in the backcountry, making tracks in fresh snow. For the Monod family, it all comes back to the love of the outdoors and, of course -- SKIING.