While Manhattan streets were hazy with 90+ temps earlier this week, members of SnowSports Industries America (SIA) helped cool things down for NYC-based journalists with a preview of top snow sports products hitting retail shelves next season, talk of mountain escapes and Red Bull-flavored snow cones. Dubbed the SIA Summer Snowdown, SIA hosted its 6th annual New York City media showroom, highlighting twenty-one brands and three non-profit organizations from all segments of the industry.
â€œWe were thrilled with the event and the media turn-out,â€ commented Anovia Daniels, SIA's PR/Communication Manager. â€œThe Snowdown was created to promote snow sports to top consumer publications and get SIA Members' products in front of influential journalists.Â After giving them a taste of our industry, we hope to recruit many of these journalists to the 2013 SIA Snow Show next January to check out even more snow sports brands,â€ added Daniels.
â€œIt was a busy, busy day and that's what it's all about,â€ said Chris Overholser, Senior Communications Manager at Vans. â€œWe have a showroom here in NYC, but the SIA crew was able to help us get our key products in front of media we haven't had the chance to meet before.â€
64 journalists from 68 media outlets including newspapers, magazines and television outlets representing a combined circulation of 50 million, received a hands-on preview of next season's products from DAKINE, Dale of Norway, DESCENTE, Fischer Skis U.S., Kamik, Killy & Eider, Launch Snowboards, Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month, Neve Designs, Never Summer, Obermeyer, PrimaLoftÂ®, RAMP Sports, SCOTT Sports, Seirus Innovation, Snowlink.com, Spyder, SUNICE, Swany, Transpack, Vans Snow, Winter Trails and ZEAL Optics.
"SIA once again successfully welcomed a great mix of editors and media outlets to the Snowdown this year. The event is fundamental in my business for reconnecting with past contacts and establishing new relationships to showcase our products and brand story," commented Kate Gaeir, Spyder/Akimbo Communications.
A large, modern loft space in Manhattan with expansive views of the city provided the backdrop as journalists mingled with industry representatives, asked questions, tried on product and collected information for their upcoming winter issues.
â€œThe SIA Summer Snowdown was a great opportunity for us and gave us amazing exposure for our brand. SIA created an ideal environment with a beautiful space and consistently flowing media, food and refreshments. The event was a rare opportunity to meet with media that extends outside of our industry. Snow sports enthusiasts walk all paths of life, so being able to connect to them through all media only enhances our industry. This is such a well-organized and well thought out event and we are excited to participate in it for many years to come,â€ said Danica Carey, Project Manager at Seirus Innovation.
For more information on SIA's Summer Snowdown, go to snowsports.org/Snowdown.
SnowSports Industries America (SIA) is the national not-for-profit, North American member-owned, trade association representing suppliers and service providers of snow sports products with constituents in the retailer, rep and resort communities. Established in 1954, SIA annually produces the SIA Snow Show , the largest snow sports industry trade show, on-snow demo and networking environment globally, while delivering invaluable data/research reports including the Snow Sports Market Intelligence Report, SnowSports RetailTRAKTM and Executive Market Summary. SIA also produces a Supplier Show at the SIA Snow Show called Sourcing Snow, learn more at siasnowshow.com/sourcing. SIA helps grow the industry with consumer initiatives and websites, snowlink.com and wintertrails.org , marketing products, services and programs helping our Members operate more efficiently, bring their products to market and increase participation in snow sports. For more information, check out snowsports.org . SnowSports Industries America, 8377-B Greensboro Drive, McLean, VA 22102-3587 (Washington, DC area). Phone: 703.556.9020, Fax: 703.821.8276, Email: SIAmail@snowsports.org .