Asolo's changing of the guard: Asolo ends one era and begins another as industry veteran and longtime U.S. general manager Bruce Franks retires, handing the reins to Bill Lockwood, who will assume full control after the 2020 Outdoor Retailer Summer Market.

Filling Jake Burton's shoes: The legendary snowboard company’s owner, Donna Carpenter, has accepted the role of board chair (formerly held by her late husband, the company’s founder, Jake Burton Carpenter), as John Lacy rises to CEO. [Sportswear International]

Coronavirus toolkit: OIA has released a resource guide for outdoor companies struggling to deal with the industry-shaking effects of the coronavirus.

More women in print: HiHeyHello, a new print magazine with a funky name, is fed up with male-dominated sports coverage in the outdoor space. The new quarterly is written by women, for women, to celebrate a female-focused outdoor culture. [Gear Junkie]

Washington state halts water exploitation: Washington state has passed a bill to restrict the bottling of local water, a victory for those fighting the privatization of public water resources. [The Guardian]

Betting on SoHo retail: Why are outdoor retailers like Backcountry, Fjallraven, and Patagonia setting up retail spaces in SoHo? The rationale makes surprising sense. [Forbes]

Championing young writers: The Outdoor Writers Association of America is currently accepting applicants for three fellowships geared toward young outdoor writers, with deadlines between March 1 and 31.

Participation problem? Not at Vail: The snow sports industry has long discussed ways to get more people skiing and snowboarding, but that doesn't seem to be a problem at Vail. 

Wolverine shifts its executive team: Wolverine Worldwide, Inc. has announced a turnover in its leadership, with Joelle Grunberg stepping up as global president of Sperry and Tom Kennedy taking over as global president of the Wolverine brand. [Markets Insider]

The Conservation Alliance, stronger than ever: The Conservation Alliance continues to grow its membership of more than 250 companies, with new recruitments including Honey Stinger, Kathmandu, and NRS.


Mount Everest at sunset, glowing gold

Industry Buzz: Coronavirus updates, VF Corp, Jake Burton, Everest record

Prepare for coronavirus: OIA will run a webinar next week on the economic realities of the emerging health crisis and what comes next for you and your business. Olympics face cancellation: The longest-serving member of the International Olympic Committee member has suggested that more


Industry Buzz: Vail CEO donation, U.S. Ski and Snowboard, Yosemite, experiences with racism, NEPA

Industry headlines: Intriguing reads from around the web Vail CEO gives back: The chief executive of Vail Resorts, Rob Katz, has pledged an $11.7 million donation to support coronavirus relief efforts, racial justice reform, and other causes crucial to the moment. U.S. Ski and more

The base of Vail at sunset

Industry Buzz: OR, Vail Resorts, coronavirus aid, quarantine activities, Sweet Protection

The best of SNEWS: Top stories we've published recently Save your local gear shop: We've launched a new campaign to keep independent retailers going through these uncertain times. Read a letter from SNEWS' editor-in-chief, Kristin Hostetter, about the initiative. In this more

The Grand Tetons under clouds

Industry Buzz: Coronavirus, Modell's, a Maine ski utopia, Clarus, Smartwool, Dicks

The best of SNEWS: Top stories we've published recently Coronavirus throws spring travel into chaos: The pandemic has changed life for everyone. See what industry professionals are saying about their travel plans. Queer identity and the outdoors: Venture Out Project founder Perry more

View of Mount Everest in shadow with summit illuminated by sunset

Industry Buzz: The return of travel, outdoor gear harming Everest, Sports Basement CFO dies in cycling accident, Burton expands board of directors, the future of outdoor trade shows

Industry headlines: Intriguing reads from around the web The return of travel: An examination of how the vaccine rollout will affect travel in the months to come. [Outside Online] Outdoor gear is harming Everest: “Forever chemicals” from outdoor equipment have been detected in more

Cloudy, snowy mountaintops with the sun shining through fog

Industry Buzz: Coronavirus, Livestrong, tragedy at Vail

Coronavirus: The worrisome virus has migrated to a ski chalet in Haute-Savoie, France, after skiers there were exposed to a man who recently visited Singapore. [Gear Junkie] Moving on: Livestrong has undertaken a top-to-bottom rebrand, ditching the iconic yellow wristbands of more

Snowy mountains shrouded in low-hanging purple clouds with snowy pines in the foreground

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

Red rock canyons in Bryce National Park

Industry Buzz: National parks, Adidas, Vail Resorts, American Alpine Club, toilet paper, Clif Bar

Coronavirus news Your local gear shop needs your help: Here at SNEWS we've started a new campaign, #SaveYourLocalGearShop, to help specialty independent retailers through difficult times. The outdoor industry speaks up: OIA and 23 other trade associations sent a letter to more

A valley of mountains with thick yellow smoke and bare pine trees in the foreground.

Industry Buzz: REI launches new bike line, climbers using crags to protest, how oil companies lie about recycling, Mitsu Iwasaki, Burton's anti-racism

Industry headlines: Intriguing reads from around the web REI bets on itself: The retailer is expanding its house-branded line to include bikes and potentially footwear. [StoreBrands] Using crags as demonstration tools: Do climbers have a right to hang Pride and Black Lives Matter more