Industry headlines: Intriguing reads from around the web

Looming backcountry issues: As predicted, safety concerns have started mounting as skiers abandon resorts for the backcountry this season. [ABC News]

A ski prodigy makes waves: 14-year-old Kai Jones is certain to figure prominently in the pro ski scene in years to come. [The New York Times]

When gear becomes chic: How highly technical outdoor gear from companies like Arc’teryx and Mammut has crept its way into the fashion world. [The Wall Street Journal; paywall]

Tourism’s water bottle problem: Travel is one of the biggest drivers of single-use plastic water bottle use. Here’s what we can do about it. [Rooted]

Free park days: Planning trips for 2021? Travel to national parks on these days to enjoy free entry. [National Park Service]

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Industry Buzz: Climbers we lost in 2020, hunting rules loosen in national park, an organization for Black skiers, new president at Wolverine, the dangers of the backcountry

Industry headlines: Intriguing reads from around the web In memoriam: A remembrance of climbers we lost in 2020. [Climbing] Hunting rules loosen in Grand Teton: The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that the National Park Service can’t regulate hunting on private more

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Industry Buzz: Fee free national parks, more permits for The Wave, racial justice grantees, a turn-of-the-century trailblazer

Industry headlines: Intriguing reads from around the web A unique ski season: Discover how ski resorts around the country (and the continent) are operating during the pandemic. [SKI] Racial justice in the outdoors: Youth Outside announces its inaugural Liberated Paths Grantees, more

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Industry Buzz: MEC sale finalized, voting to protect the outdoors, free national park entry, ConnectHub opens to vendors and retailers, Pocket Outdoor Media expands

Industry headlines: Intriguing reads from around the web MEC sale finalized: Kingswood Capital Management, a U.S. investment firm, has completed its acquisition of Mountain Equipment Co-op despite a large grassroots effort to save the struggling retailer. Voting to protect the more

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Industry Buzz: Addressing intolerant language, national park danger, the future of outdoor, discussing diversity with a congressman, small town activism

Industry headlines: Intriguing reads from around the web Yeti Cycles updates its language: In response to concerns about insensitivity toward Indigenous communities in the U.S., the brand will soon drop the word “tribe” from all its marketing material and brand language. more

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Industry Buzz: How a Biden presidency will affect the industry, a new record on El Cap, man cooks chickens in Yellowstone geysers, CA state parks in danger

Industry headlines: Intriguing reads from around the web What comes next for the industry: A look at what a Biden presidency will mean for the outdoor space. [Forbes] New climbing record: Emily Harrington has become the first woman to free climb Golden Gate on El Capitan in under more

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Industry Buzz: The North Face hacked, Sun Valley named best North American resort, new Emerald CEO, Adidas adds to leadership team, National Park Service sued for $270M

Industry headlines: Intriguing reads from around the web The North Face hacked: A cyberattack on The North Face has exposed customers’ names, addresses, birth dates, and phone numbers to hackers. [IT World Canada] Sun Valley snags major award: SKI magazine has named Sun Valley more

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Industry Buzz: Big changes coming to ski resorts, skiing's return to its roots, Outdoor Research's new president, hunting groups support conservation, 100 years of outdoor catalogs

Industry headlines: Intriguing reads from around the web Plan for a different kind of ski season: What will the winter season look like for skiers and snowboarders? Here are some of the changes to expect. [The New York Times] Skiing returns to its roots: In another take on the more

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Industry Buzz: Squaw Valley changes name, Hipcamp buys competitor, 330-mile hike, cashing in on #VanLife, gear shortages

Industry headlines: Intriguing reads from around the web Squaw Valley to change name: The California ski resort will rebrand in response to renewed focus on insensitive language in the outdoor industry. [The Inertia] Hipcamp completes acquisition: The San Francisco-based startup more

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Industry Buzz: Unpaid internships must go, Great American Outdoors Act, New Mexico wins grant money, insurance for skiers, algal bloom in Zion

Industry headlines: Intriguing reads from around the web Outdoor industry, pay your interns: Jon Stewart explains why unpaid internships propagate inequality, a reality many outdoor companies might do well to consider. Parks grapple with safety: Americans are impatient to visit more