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.

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