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, given to organizations advancing racial justice in recreation and conservation movements. [Youth Outside]

Victory in Italy: Jessie Diggins becomes the first American to win the grueling, eight-day Tour de Ski. [Outside Online]

Innovation central: How Steamboat Springs became a haven for outdoor companies big and small. [The Colorado Sun]

Long-tenured store closure: A Livermore, California sporting goods outlet closed permanently after a half-century of business, citing COVID-related struggles. [KPIX]

Box store closes: Farm and sporting goods chain Stock+Field will shut the doors on all 25 of its locations. [Hometown Stations]

Fee free national parks: National parks will offer fee-free entry Monday in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

The Wave in danger?: The Bureau of Land Management is expanding hiking permits in Vermillion Cliffs, concerning conservationists. [Backpacker]

Turn-of-the-century trailblazer: Dr. Cora Smith Eaton forged her own path—in medicine, in activism and in mountaineering. [Adventure Journal]

New year, new hires

Bern Helmets has expanded its leadership team.

OutsidePR has hired Emily Banks as its newest account director.

Verde Brand Communications announced Rachel Gardner as its new chief innovation officer.

SylvanSport signed Lisa Drake as finance officer and looks to expand its engineering team.

Arc'teryx has picked JAM Collective as its outdoor agency of record.

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In-person trade show: Attendees describe their experiences at Surf Expo, held last week in Florida.

More experiential retail: Dick’s Sporting Goods will launch two new stores in 2021, with an emphasis on interactive experiences.

Top climbing gear: The latest in SNEWS’ retailer survey series—the best-selling climbing gear of 2020.

Recall alert: Sea to Summit has issued a voluntary recall for two camp pots.


Green low-hanging trees framing a brown river under a pale blue sky.

Industry Buzz: African Americans in Conservation, three dead in Colorado avalanche, fighting drilling in Big Cypress, California bear-hunting ban fails, the process behind trail-building

Industry headlines: Intriguing reads from around the web African Americans in conservation: The first piece in the series from The Conservation Fund highlights a few of today’s Black conservationists and environmentalists. [The Conservation Fund] Avalanche victims found: The more

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Industry Buzz: Patrollers picket at Vail resorts, permit-free outdoor filming, Biden's climate plan, new REI store, ISPO award winners

Industry headlines: Intriguing reads from around the web Biden’s climate plan: The new administration’s agenda focuses on science, social justice, and economics. [Washington Post] Fight over Oak Flat: The Trump administration transferred ownership of the Arizona region to a more

Two silhouettes carrying skis on a snowy mountain

Industry Buzz: Danger in the backcountry, a teenage ski prodigy, when gear becomes high fashion, tourism's water bottle problem, free national park entry

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 more

Gray rocky mountains sparsely covered with green trees under gray clouds and patches of blue sky.

Industry Buzz: Olympics planning confusion, mountaineer dies on K2, national unity walk, KEEN grant program, mobile bike repair

Industry headlines: Intriguing reads from around the web Confusion in Tokyo: After cancellation rumors, Japanese officials and the IOC are resolute in their plans to host the Olympics this summer. [Vulture; Reuters] Remembering Sergi Mingote: The mountaineer and outdoorsman died more

Jagged mountain with pine trees and an orange sky

Industry Buzz: Kind Bars acquired, hiker returns from the brink of death, the case for a new CCC, Sea to Summit expands leadership, analyzing outdoor rec spending

Industry headlines: Intriguing reads from around the web KIND acquired: Mars, the maker of Snickers, has announced plans to buy Kind North America, the company responsible for Kind Bars. [The New York Times] Back from the brink of death: A hiker rescued from Mount Rainier this 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: Testing counterfeit gear from Amazon, tracking deaths at national parks, Biden's 30x30 promise, a more inclusive gear guide, Stio expands

Industry headlines: Intriguing reads from around the web Trial by water: A retailer on Amazon was selling knock-off Level Six drysuits. When company president Stig Larsson found out, he decided to put one to the test. [Paddling Life] The most dangerous national park: A law firm more

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Industry Buzz: Jack Wolfskin's first U.S. showroom, a fight over Utah roads, Hydro Flask grantees, a virtual Women's Outdoor Summit, the future of environmental justice

Industry headlines: Intriguing reads from around the web Parks for All grantees: Hydro Flask's 2021 grant recipients include local, national, and international organizations across the outdoor sector. [Hydro Flask] Road blocked: The Supreme Court will allow conservation groups to more


Industry Buzz: Outdoor Retailer, ski resort reopening, a surge in camping popularity, national park posters

An olive branch to Outdoor Retailer: An editorial from the Salt Lake City Tribune makes a case for the return of the industry’s largest trade show to Utah. [The Salt Lake City Tribune] A Colorado ski resort to reopen: Arapahoe Basin will resume limited operations for spring more