High Sierra Honored by USSA, SIA

High Sierra Sport Company, a manufacturer of innovative bags and adventure travel luggage, was honored by the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) and SnowSports Industries America (SIA) with the Doc DesRoches Award.

High Sierra Sport Company, a manufacturer of innovative bags and adventure travel luggage, was honored by the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) and SnowSports Industries America (SIA) with the Doc DesRoches Award. The award is presented annually by SIA and the USSA to recognize a national team supplier that has done an outstanding job in marketing the team's brands and athletes.

High Sierra, a team partner since 2001, provides luggage, ski and snowboard bags, hydration packs and backpacks to each of the USSA's teams including the U.S. Ski Team, U.S. Snowboarding and U.S. Freeskiing. In an effort to extend the Team's brand, High Sierra has included team branding on its hang tags for all products distributed worldwide – both in and outside of the USSA product lines.

"High Sierra has become a truly passionate partner in serving our athletes and our brands," said USSA President and CEO Bill Marolt. "Our teams travel, literally, millions of miles a year and having a strong luggage partner like High Sierra is essential. But going beyond that, High Sierra has done an amazing job in creating global awareness for our brands by extending its promotion to its entire product line."

The Chicago-area-based company has continually innovated its custom-designed products with feedback from athletes, then takes the product to market the next season for consumers through retail outlets nationwide and the Team's online store, where it has one of the most extensive lines of any Team supplier. This past season High Sierra expanded to event partnership, participating in the interactive partner village at major USSA events. The company also integrated athletes into its marketing starting relationships with U.S. Ski Team downhiller Travis Ganong and U.S. Snowboarding SBX rider Faye Gulini.

"I am truly honored and excited that High Sierra has been selected to receive this award. Our experience has been that the USSA brands have increased the value and recognition of our product lines,” said Hank Bernbaum, president of High Sierra Sport Company. "It’s been a goal to infuse the look and the feel of the Teams in these bags. It's great visibility for the High Sierra brand and we look forward to working with the Teams to get them to the slopes with their gear, so they can be ready to represent our country!"

High Sierra was honored at its tradeshow booth on opening day of the annual SIA Snow Show in Denver.

The award is named in honor of Doc DesRoches, a long time industry leader who helped form SIA and led it for two decades. During that tenure he was instrumental in development of the U.S. Ski Team's fundraising efforts, including the formation of the New York Ski and Snowboard Ball.

"Doc was a brilliant marketer who used his passion to benefit the industry and U.S. Ski Team athletes," said SIA President David Ingemie. "That's the same passion that Hank Bernbaum and High Sierra have brought to the Team.”

SIA and the USSA have presented the award annually since 2004. High Sierra is the first supplier in its category to be honored.

Doc DesRoches Award Winners

2004 - Rossignol

2005 - Atomic

2006 - All U.S. Ski Team suppliers

2007- Spyder Active Sports

2008 - Volkl, Marker, Tecnica

2009 – SmartWool

2010 – Under Armour

2011 – Head Skis

2012 – High Sierra

For more information on High Sierra Sport Company, please call 1 (800) 323-9590 or visit www.highsierrasport.com.

About High Sierra Sport Company

High Sierra Sport Company (HSSC), specializing in user-friendly adventure travel gear, offers versatile lines tailored for outdoor enthusiasts, skiers and snowboarders, travelers, students and professionals looking for the smart choice in durable and functional backpacks, duffels and wheeled luggage.

The company is also the official supplier of bags and luggage for the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Team, High Sierra’s memberships include the Outdoor Industry Association (OIA), SnowSports Industries America (SIA) and the Travel Goods Association (TGA).

About USSA

The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) is the national governing body of Olympic skiing and snowboarding. Developed to facilitate participation in national and international competition, the Olympic sports organization provides structure for competitive skiing and snowboarding. From grassroots programs to governance of sport, management of rules, competitions and athletic rankings, the USSA oversees athletic pipelines for development in the sports. With a vision to make the USA the best in the world in Olympic skiing and snowboarding, the USSA provides leadership and direction for tens of thousands of young skiers and snowboarders who share an Olympic dream while maintaining a strong adherence to core values. The USSA, established in 1905, operates out of the national training and education facility, the Center of Excellence, in Park City, UT. For more information, visit www.usskiteam.com, www.ussnowboarding.com and http://www.usfreeskiing.com.

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