Industry Buzz: Vail Resorts acquisitions, Kathmandu, climbing in the Olympics, and Merrell's dog ambassador search

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  • Everybody thinks their dog is the cutest. Now there's a judge: Merrell. The brand is looking for its first dog ambassador. Owners can enter their four-legged friends until March 16.
  • In downtown Denver, not far from Outdoor Retailer's new home, ice climbers gathered in a park to compete for the UIAA Ice Climbing World Cup. Watch the live stream here.
  • After losing Arapahoe Basin, Vail Resorts is purchasing ski fields at Falls Creek Alpine Resort and Hotham Alpine Resort in Victoria, Australia, growing its global footprint. Vail could rake in about US$13 million (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization) during its first year following the acquisition.
  • Colorado Ski Country USA announced the addition of Amanda Watkins as marketing director. After a long stint in the ski industry with Vail Resorts, where she worked in various marketing roles for seven years, and Copper Mountain, as a marketing and sales supervisor, Watkins joins the team after two years as the associate marketing director of Visit Denver
  • New Zealand travel and adventure brand Kathmandu announced new sales representation in the Pacific Northwest, Rockies, and Southwest by The Alta Group, Urban Outdoors, and Pacific Crest Trading, respectively.