Coronavirus strains Mountain House supply chain: As coronavirus panic stirs, the backpacking food company Mountain House was forced to temporarily shut down its website in response to overwhelming demand for its freeze-dried food. [Outside Online]

Coronavirus travel tips: Traveling during the coronavirus outbreak is a challenge many of us will face. Prepare yourself with these five tips for doing it safely. []

The promise of a waste-free trade show: The Big Gear Show has announced some ambitious sustainability plans ahead of its debut in Salt Lake City, including a shift to zero-waste operations within three years. 

Colorado inches toward a permanent OREC office: A bill aimed at establishing Colorado’s Outdoor Recreation Industry Office as a permanent fixture of the state government is one step closer to becoming law. [Kiowa County Press]

A legacy retailer hangs its “For Sale” sign: The specialty outdoor retailer Hyperspud Sports in Moscow, Idaho—one of the city’s oldest businesses, dating to 1989—has gone up for sale. [Moscow-Pullman Daily News]

The front of Hyperspud Sports in Moscow, Idaho

Hyperspud Sports, which recently went up for sale, is one of the oldest stores in Moscow, Idaho.

Changing lives in the Himalayas: George Basch, founder of the Himalayan Stove Project, is turning 83. To celebrate his birthday, he’s asking for donations to the HSP— a nonprofit that provides clean, fuel-efficient cook stoves to people living in remote villages near Mount Everest. 

Sticker shock in the ski industry: The ski industry has largely modeled its pricing strategy on the airline and hotel industries, with big discounts for buying far in advance. The consequences of this decision have shaped business in wide-ranging ways. [Intelligencer]


An overlook outside of Park City with hazy mountains and a blue sky

Industry Buzz: Modell's, Big Gear Show, VF Corp, OREC

Turning to the masses to save Modell’s: The beleaguered sporting goods retailer, which plans to close 15 percent of its stores to stave off bankruptcy, is also seeking new outside investment, an effort that CEO Mitchell Modell called “crowdsourcing at the highest level.” [PR more


Industry Buzz: Earth Day, coronavirus impacts, climate-positive shoes, how to get outside safely, Lifestraw

Industry headlines: Intriguing reads from around the web The Outdoor State: To celebrate Earth Day, Protect Our Winters is gathering support for a new climate change initiative. [Forbes] How coronavirus has affected Colorado's outdoor rec: A new survey by the Colorado Outdoor more

A misty mountain with pine trees and a lake in front

Industry Buzz: Toad&Co, Modell's bankruptcy, Conrad Anker on positivity, TGR women, The Utah Roadmap

Toad&Co puts money where its mouth is: Long respected for its commitment to independent retailers, Toad&Co has announced a first-of-its-kind revenue sharing program to help brick and mortar retailers through the economic upheaval of the coronavirus outbreak. Stay calm and more

Olympic National Park

Industry Buzz: National parks to reopen, spring climbing, "corona-buying," The Redside Foundation

Industry headlines: Intriguing reads from around the web The White House says national parks will reopen: However, no dates or details have been offered. [CNN] Summiting K2 this year after all? Restrictions may ease by the time the spring climbing season starts in Pakistan. more

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

RMU Breckenridge

Industry Buzz: Camber, Rocky Mountain Underground, Utah OREC, wildfires, and more

Keep up by reading Industry Buzz. Here are today's top headlines: Have a news tip? We've created a new form where you can submit tips and story ideas. Camber Outdoors has announced its expert panel of judges for Pitchfest 2018. They are Susan Viscon, senior VP of merchandising 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


Industry Buzz: Patagonia and REI reopen, national park safety, Thin Air show, coronavirus liability

Industry headlines: Intriguing reads from around the web Patagonia exercises caution: The brand was one of the first to close its stores. After losing half its North American sales, leadership is considering an extremely cautious approach to reopening. [The New York Times] REI more

A wooded trail with green trees

Industry Buzz: Coronavirus news, Appalachian Trail, Colin O’Brady, Montane

Your guide to all coronavirus news: SNEWS has launched a page for ongoing coverage of the outbreak, updated daily. Check back for continual updates, news, recommendations, quotes from industry leaders, and more. Could Everest close? As concern over the coronavirus mounts, there's more