Did you hear?... SNEWS correction

SnowSports Industries America (SIA) contacted SNEWS® to let us know that we erred slightly in our last news story on Winter Market.

SnowSports Industries America (SIA) contacted SNEWS® to let us know that we erred slightly in our last news story on Winter Market. We stated that pre-registration numbers from Outdoor Retailer mean nothing because they are free, and lumped SIA into that statement too. In fact, SIA charges a $20 pre-reg fee and $35 onsite to help "ensure buyers will attend the show." SIA reported that it currently has "more than 3,500 paid, qualified buyers" pre-registered and that it continues to average approximately 100 new pre-registrations a day. SIA has also reported that this year's show is 10 percent larger with 387,200 square feet, with 125 new exhibitors accounting for approximately 50,000 square feet of the space.


Did you hear?... SNEWS® correction

A SNEWS® Correction: Suffering from post-show mental overload, we lumped Black Diamond into our needling of manufacturers that can't seem to get their act together and show ice tools, screws, etc. at the Winter Show. As Peter Metcalf gently reminded us, and as one SNEWS® editor ...read more

Did you hear?... Mountainsmith under new ownership

Mike Valvano, general manager of Mountainsmith, contacted SNEWS® today to let us know that the company is under new ownership. Pacifica Mountainsmith LLC, a private equity firm based in California, has acquired 105 Meridien LLC, the holding company for Mountainsmith and 105 ...read more

Outdoor: Did you hear?...

>> This week the U.S. Senate will debate S. 2804, FY 2005 Interior Appropriations. Through these appropriations, funding for the National Park Service, Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, Fish and Wildlife Service and other federal land and water agencies is established. ...read more

Fitness: Did You Hear?...

>> When you run a retail store with a website, the last thing you want to see on your site -- instead of, say, treadmills and ellipticals -- is something like, well, a picture of a large MantaRay fish. That's exactly what happened to regional retail chain Advanced Exercise ...read more

Fitness: Did you hear?...

>> The creator and founder of the PowerBar empire that is partly responsible for spawning the sports energy and sports food category has died of a heart attack. Brian Maxwell, 51, collapsed in a post office in Marin County just north of San Francisco near his home. Attempts to ...read more

Fitness: Did you hear?...

>> We thought it was pretty hilarious that one of the largest booth crowds we saw at The Super Show was at the booth of a legal firm specializing in intellectual property called Fish & Richardson. No really. Of course, it helped that these were lawyers with an attitude. "Want a ...read more

Fitness: Did you hear?...

For the week of Feb. 8-14 >> In the ongoing infringement and false advertising lawsuit filed by Icon against Nautilus in the Utah District Court in August 2002, a five-day jury trial has been set for March 14. A final pre-trial conference is set for Feb. 15 with Judge Tena ...read more

Fitness: Did you hear?...

>> Katina Geralis, owner and founder of specialty retail group Leisure Fitness based in Delaware, is featured in the February 2004 issue of Delaware Today magazine (www.delawaretoday.com). The story, called "A Perfect Fit," details how the University of Delaware PE major was ...read more

Outdoor: Did you hear?…

For the week of March 29-April 4 >> For the second year in a row, the SIA.06 SnowSports Show is officially sold out, according to SnowSports Industries America (SIA). To date, more than 320,000 square feet has been sold with exhibitors on tap to showcase more than 750 brands at ...read more