Washington, DC (November 18, 2014) – With a packed room of Northeast-based journalists, staff from SnowSports Industries America (SIA), the snow sports industry’s member-owned trade association, wrapped up a multi-city media tour last Friday in Boston, MA. The breakfasts, luncheons and receptions encouraged journalists to mix, mingle and learn about current snow sports topics and get fired up for the season ahead. SIA was excited to add a new element to the annual tour by partnering with Protect Our Winters (POW) helping to educate media about POW’s current efforts on battling climate change.
“Each fall we hit the road and interact with media from all parts of the country and it’s really our first opportunity to talk about the massive amount of analysis we conduct over the summer when all of the results for the past season are in and we have a clear view of the coming season. It’s great to get out of the office, share information and build on the excitement before the snow starts flying,” commented Kelly Davis, SIA’s Director of Research.
“As a ski writer, I know I have to get info on things like new snow guns, skier visits and capital improvement plans. SIA helps me take it to a new level – from fashion trends to environmental issues to what makes the heart of a snow sport enthusiast tick (and what drives them to the mountain or keeps them away), SIA constantly expands my view of my industry,” commented Moira McCarthy Stanford, ski, adventure and travel writer.
SIA’s media tour kicked off in Portland, Oregon in September at a reception held before Jeremy Jones’ HIGHER film premier. As POW’s Founder and President, Jones brought the group of media, industry reps and resorts up-to-speed on current efforts by POW, while SIA’s Western Sales and Marketing Manager, Dave Wray, shared regional trends, participation numbers and the state-of-the-industry for snow sports.
SIA staff then traveled on to Colorado to check-in with the many snow sports-focused journalists based in Denver and Boulder followed by a luncheon in San Francisco, California in-conjunction with the SnowBomb Ski & Snowboard Festival. SIA wrapped it all up with a breakfast presentation in Boston, MA during last week’s Boston.com Ski & Snowboard Expo.
”It was great to partner with SIA and interact with media so committed to snow sports, as we are at POW. We’re looking forward to working with SIA and the journalists we met this fall to continue our efforts to unite the snow sports community against climate change," commented Jeremy Jones, POW and Jones Snowboards.
At each event, SIA presented fresh stats from SIA’s Research Department plus initial findings from SIA’s Downhill Consumer Intelligence Project (DCIP)– the first research effort in a decade focused on developing a comprehensive understanding of alpine and snowboard consumers that will guide strategies and tactics to grow snow sports participation. Protect Our Winters (POW) provided information on how media can help educate consumers on global warming’s effects on snow sports as well as so many other aspects of modern life.
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Celebrating its 60th anniversary in 2014, SnowSports Industries America (SIA) is a non-profit member-owned trade association with a long history of working to support the snow sports industry. SIA, based in the Washington, DC Metro-Area with offices in CO, OR and RI, works year-round with North American snow sports suppliers, retailers, resorts, reps and service providers to develop products and programs for their individual and collective business needs. With member support and industry participation, SIA annually hosts the industry's largest core winter sports trade show, the SIA Snow Show, along with the On-Snow Demo/Ski-Ride Fest and the Sourcing Snow supplier show. SIA also helps retailers and resorts connect with snow sports participants around the country through Snowlink.com. Learn more atSnowsports.org.