After 17 years building telemark and alpine skis, and most recently snowboards in Salt Lake City, company founder Stephen Eccles Denkers has placed a for sale sign on Evolution Ski. The reason? According to an article in the local paper, Denkers wants to devote more time to philanthropic work. In addition to running Evolution, Denkers is the secretary of the $70 million Willard L. Eccles Foundation established by his grandparents. As secretary, he oversees the distribution of nearly $4 million annually. No official word on which companies have expressed interest in acquiring Evolution, though SNEWS® knows there are several key players sniffing around the company books. Last year, Evolution reportedly grossed $1.3 million in sales.
Is telemark skiing dying?
Is telemark skiing, two-planking’s sub-category of skill and style, already shrinking even further into its niche? After a short but spirited two- to three-decade resurgence of skiing’s original turn, anecdotal evidence would certainly say the answer is “yes.”In just a two-hour ...read more