We are in the business of selling tools for having fun. We aren’t selling image or attitude. We are in the FUN business. ~ Jason “Jay” Watson | Co-Owner, Milo Snow & Skate
The History of Milo
George Johnston is no stranger to the snowboard scene; his impressive list of contributions include operating Milosport in Utah for more than twelve years, establishing Milo’s shop team, and building relationships with some of the biggest and most influential names in the industry (seriously, check out the Milo Legacy Team). But with a growing family, Johnston left Salt Lake City in 2000 to head back to his home in California.
Settling in the Bay Area, Milosport Lafayette opened its doors in August 2000, bringing much-needed life to the local snowboarding community. Over the next fifteen years, Johnston and his team provided high-quality gear and service to an entire generation of rippers.
In 2015, Johnston and his longtime shop manager, Jason Watson, partnered up and decided to move closer to the mountains and Milo Snow & Skate was born. Now located in Auburn—less than 100 miles from Tahoe—Milo continues to deliver on gear and service and if you’re looking for a crazy colorway or niche brand, the chances are good that these guys have it.
The Milo Auburn Team
The shop team is made up of passionate people who live and breath the industry they represent. “Everyone in our Milo Family is key,” says Co-Owner Jason Watson. “Some of us might wear more hats than others, but we are all cogs that help this thing work.”
Add to the mix an amazing local skate team that is heavily involved in the community (check out their fundraising efforts for a new skate park in Colfax) and a snow team that produces so much content every season that it’s literally mind-blowing and it’s obvious that Milo works with the best people in the business.
“We are truly blessed to have so many great team members and athletes that want to be part of the Milo Family,” Watson adds.
The RIDE Connection
It started with a beer. Well, two beers.
“When Jim Linnberg—now the RIDE Global Brand Director—was our Sales Rep years ago, I made him have a two-beer minimum anytime he came into the store. This eliminated the possibility of a quick ‘pop-in’ and he quickly learned to come in towards the end of the day,” says Watson with a laugh. “In fact, I’m pretty sure he slept in his car in our parking lot once or twice.”
And it’s those relationships that have contributed to the success of Milo: “Jim Linnberg and Kendra Langston are really more like family to us rather than colleagues,” Watson adds. “And Topher [Laws] in the Pacific Northwest is awesome, too.”
“But the bottom line is that RIDE has done a fantastic job at not only making very relevant products, but also hiring amazing people to sell them to us and support us in selling them to our customers.”
Thoughts on the Tahoe Snowboard Scene
Great mountains and great people is how the crew at Milo Auburn describes Tahoe. Plus, two seasons of incredible snowfall, a wide array of terrain, and easy backcountry access proves why the area is a snowboard mecca.
“We are excited that we get to be a part of this scene and wouldn’t pick anywhere else we would rather be,” says Watson.