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- The outdoor industry is mourning Jake Burton Carpenter, founder of Burton Snowboards, who did so much for the sport. Here is our tribute to the visionary.
- Layoffs: As a result of Vail Resorts' acquisition of Peak Resorts this summer, some Mount Snow employees will lose their jobs.
- New climbing area: Western Massachusetts Climbers Coalition (WMCC), Ragged Mountain Foundation (RMF), and Access Fund recently acquired Hanging Mountain (pictured above), a new 14-acre climbing area in Sandisfield, Massachusetts. Once fully established, the area will provide climbers with approximately 150 to 200 traditional and sport routes, some up to two pitches.
- Fjällräven on Black Friday: On Nov. 29, Fjällräven will give away 1,500 annual passes to U.S. National Parks to the first customers to make a purchase at its retail stores across the United States.
- REI keeps rolling out stores: A Billings store is planned to open in spring 2020. According to the Billings Gazette, speculation around REI moving into town have been circulating for more than a year.
- New specialty outdoor retailer: All Seasons Outfitters opened on Nov. 11 in DeWitt, New York. It focuses on workwear, outerwear, hunting and camping gear, seasonal sport equipment, and more.
- MEC staff are unionizing: Staff at Victoria's Mountain Equipment Co-op recently voted to join a union. The union alleges that management tried to derail the vote by using "scare tactics" about the company's financial situation.
- Atomic is recognizing two members of its independent sales force for exemplary longstanding brand service. Celebrating a combined sixty-five years of outstanding sales and service in their respective regions, Atomic honored longtime sales reps Bruce McDonald and Tom Blair at a ceremony during the recent Atomic 20/21 Prepare to Sell Meeting in Altenmarkt, Austria.