Did you hear?... Troy Ballard to leave Salomon

Troy Ballard's last day at Salomon is this Friday. He has accepted a position with a company called Ripcurl.

Troy Ballard's last day at Salomon is this Friday. He has accepted a position with a company called Ripcurl and will be moving to Australia in January where he will be the company's Chairman of Mountain Wear -- a global position overseeing its ski and snowboard outerwear business. Ballard told SNEWS® his decision to leave Salomon was rooted almost entirely in his desire to try a new adventure and allow his children an opportunity to experience another culture. The Ballards will be living in Torquay, about an hour from Melbourne. Ballard tells us they'll be down under for about a year and a half, then they'll return to the United States to run the business from North America.


Did you hear?... Chris Licata to resign from Salomon

Chris Licata, Salomon's North American VP and director of sales and a 12-year veteran of the company, has announced he is resigning effective July 31. According to Licata, his decision was difficult but rooted strongly in the fact he and his family wish to return to the East ...read more

Did you hear?... Molly O'Keefe to leave SGB

Mark Sullivan, publisher of SGB, contacted SNEWS® to inform us that Molly O'Keefe, associate publisher of SGB since September, has decided to move on and accept a position with Runners World as New England account manager. "We will miss Molly and her energy very much and feel ...read more

Did you hear?... Mark McCarroll to leave Osprey

Mark McCarroll, Osprey's customer service manager, will be leaving the company after eight years to head up the Recreation Department at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Taking on the task of filling Mark's shoes is Phil Schmitt, who has worked in all aspects of customer ...read more

Fitness: Did you hear?...

>> Not that SNEWS watches such trendy programs as "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy." Naaaah. But if you saw the one about the guy who lost 100 pounds and was getting a TV makeover, you'll see the Fab 5 take him to the New York Sports Club, discuss some workout components with a ...read more

Fitness: Did you hear?

>> Did you happen to read the Wall Street Journal on Dec. 7? The Love & Money column in the business section had the headline: Why Gym Memberships Make Me Sweat. Columnist Jeff Opdyke writes about his wife's occasional insistence she need some piece of equipment or a gym ...read more

Did you hear?... Hats off to Team Salomon

Hats off to Team Salomon for its efforts at the Salt Lake Winter Olympics. One of our reporters on the scene for the entire two weeks told us the following: "Salomon had a hospitality house in Park City, and a constant parade of athletes through, as well as a great on-the-ground ...read more

Outdoor: Did you hear?...

>> SIA President David Ingemie called SNEWS to let us know that as of Nov. 10 the SIA.04 SnowSports Show is sold out. The association is already placing exhibitors that don't have confirmed booth space on the waiting list. SNEWS View: This marks the first time SIA has been sold ...read more

Outdoor: Did you hear?...

>> Jeff Bowman, of Cascade Designs, informed SNEWS that in-house PR maven Kitty Graham's position has been eliminated, meaning Graham, a 10-year veteran at Cascade is on the market. Graham, a winner of the SNEWS Editor's Voice PR Award in 2001 and runner up in 2002, was, ...read more

Outdoor: Did you hear?…

For the week of May 10-16 >> For the first time since its inception in 1977, a ski mountaineer has been elected to the Colorado Ski Hall of Fame (www.coloradoskihalloffame.com) by the Colorado Ski Museum. Longtime advocate of alpine touring, Lou Dawson, 53, has earned his place ...read more