More than 120 snowsports retailers, instructors and allied medical professionals gathered at the fall kick-off Masterfit University in Mt. Snow, VT, October 2-3. They were joined by more than 20 manufacturers' representatives who came to both learn bootfitting skills and promote their products at the new mini-trade fair that is part of the MFU 2011 tour.
â€œVermont is typically our best attended session but this was a record by far for any Masterfit U in our 16 year history,â€ said MFU Executive Director Steve Cohen. â€œOur previous high attendance was 105 at Stratton (VT) in 2008.â€
â€œMFU has evolved over the years,â€ said Cohen. â€œIt's no longer just an event where we just teach bootfitting techniques to attendees. It has become a bootfitters convention with an active interchange of ideas among participants and a place for reps to network with retailers and talk in depth about new models and new products.â€
Said Salomon New England sales rep Ken MacDonald, â€œI was amazed to see the quality of the attendees. Some of the best boot fitters east of the Mississippi were there to update their skills.â€
â€œMFU was great, as always,â€ said Phil Burgess of Ski Stop in Westwood and Canton, MA who was attending for the 11th time. â€œAnd it was nice to see boot vendors show up and gain some insight into what we do. MFU should be mandatory for boot reps.â€
First time attendee Josh Chittenden of Berkshire Outfitters in Adams, MA said, â€œThese are the best of the best instructors. I look forward to applying what I learned.â€
For a look behind the scenes at MFU Mt. Snow click here to view a slide show.
This week, Masterfit University has taken a detour across the Atlantic with its first-ever European event, in Kitzbuhel, Austria. More than 55 people from 10 countries are currently at MFU/EU which launched the first-ever foreign language version of the MFU training manual (in German).
MFU returns to North America Oct. 26-27 in Denver, CO and then moves on to Seattle (Oct. 31-Nov. 1) before concluding in Reno (Nov. 7-8). Registration at all locations is running ahead of last year but space is still available in all locations and for all course level. For registration information visit www.masterfituniversity.com.
Masterfit University is an industry support program of Snowsports Industries of America and is presented by Skiing Business and Ski & Skiing Magazines. It is sponsored by: Atomic, Blademaster, Black Diamond, Booster Strap, Boot Horn, Cantology, Dalbello, Daleboot, Dry Guy, Eazy-On Spray, EZ Fit, Fischer, Full Tilt, Green Mountain Orthotic Labs, Head, Hotronic, Hot Gear Bags, Instaprint, Intuition Liners, KneeBinding, Lange, Lorpen, Nordica, Rossignol, Salomon, Ski Kare, SkiSkootys, The Cant Co., Tecnica, Transpack, Zapz and Zipfit.
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