Best of the best: Top SNEWS Outdoor stories of 2012

To cap off 2012, we’ve taken a look back and picked 10 of our favorite stories from 2012.
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The world didn't end, so you have plenty more SNEWS to look forward to in 2013. (And that's a good thing, because we have a lot of pre-Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2013 coverage coming your way soon). But on this final day of year, we look back at our top 10 favorite SNEWS outdoor stories from 2012, ordered by date.

  • A surge in avalanche airbags and other winter safety products this past year will make the category a hot topic at Winter Market 2013. SNEWS got retailers up-to-date early on winter safety selling tips with this free Retail College chapter in January 2012.
  • While people of more varied backgrounds are trickling onto the trails, into retail shops and onto company payrolls, the outdoor industry remains overwhelmingly Caucasian. A whopping three of four participants today are white, according to the 2011 Outdoor Recreation Participation Report by the Outdoor Foundation. Yet the latest U.S. Census found that more than a third of the country’s population now comes from Hispanic, black or Asian groups — with a 43 percent growth in Hispanic numbers alone during the last decade. For the industry to avoid becoming an endangered species, it must address that shift. The future is just about here: Experts foresee the so-called minority becoming a majority in the next 20 years.
  • Outdoor Retailer used 2012 to contemplate moving its twice-a-year trade show away from Salt Lake City after 2014. It opened the debate to the industry, who responded with mixed opinions. There were a few clear messages though, including a strong desire to keep Winter Market in SLC, while more of a 50/50 split on whether to move Summer Market away to Las Vegas, Denver or Chicago.

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