Uphill skiing is a growing trend at many North American ski areas. This is climbing uphill on specialized alpine-touring ski gear for both fitness and as a way to hone skills for the backcountry. Because more and more skiers are opting to earn their turns, Crested Butte Mountain Resort in Crested Butte, CO is establishing a formal uphill-ski program and demo center in partnership with touring equipment brands, Scarpa and Ski Trab.
Apparel giant, VF Corporation, names Roger Spatz president of travel outfitter, Eagle Creek. The California-based company is one of many brands positioned under the VF Outdoor Coalition, which includes The North Face, Jansport, Timberland, Reef and many others.
As president of Eagle Creek, Roger Spatz will draw on his 30 years of financial and business leadership in the apparel and manufacturing industries. He joined VF in 2004 as the CFO for VF Outlet, and in 2008 moved to CFO, Reef and Eagle Creek.
Prior to joining VF, Spatz was the COO of Cambridge-Lee Industries a global manufacturer of copper products. He holds an MBA in Finance from St. Joseph’s University and a Bachelors of Science with a dual major in Business and Computer Science from Juniata College.
Reno, Nevada—New Stand-up Paddling company, Open Air dynamics, whose portfolio of brands include Tahoe SUP and Odyssey SUP, appoints Mark Horton as CEO. He brings with him seven years experience as operations and finance manager for Global Surf Industries, which oversaw more than ten SUP brands. Horton helped organize Open Air dynamics with Odyssey SUP Founder Mike Okoniewski and the Founder of Tahoe SUP Nate Brouwer.
Beijing, China –The DuPont China Green Living Survey found that the largest consumer market in the world has growing interest and confidence in green products. Of the 1,000 Chinese people surveyed, seventy percent expressed confidence in the claims of environmental products, and sixty percent believed that biobased ingredients would make certain products better. For more information on the survey, visit bioscience.dupont.com/media.
Boulder, CO – Green Guru has partnered with public-use bicycle repair equipment company Bike Fixtation to provide inner tube recycling services for bike rooms, repair kiosks and other public-use bicycle repair stations. Bike Fixtation collects, sorts and sends the used inner tubes to Green Guru, who cleans the inner tubes and produce cycling and outdoor products from them.
Beverly, MA – Finnish brand Karhu has reintroduced its Karhu Ski Collection to the North American market for the 2013/2014 ski season. Karhu North America will import its line of skate and classic skis and boots developed and tested in Lahti, Finland. The reintroduction of the ski line will allow the brand to support its retail partners with counter-seasonal product lines, with footwear in the spring and summer and skis in the fall and winter.
Seattle, WA – To provide retailers with merchandising solutions to drive sell-through and help better organize their products as a Thermalware category, PMI brand Stanley has introduced the Thermalware Retail Support Program (RSP).
The Stanley Thermalware Retail Support Program provides clear communication and organization on shelf and helps retailers establish a Thermalware section in their store for better sell-through and profitability.
Carbondale, CO – Forge Motion Pictures, Inc. is slated to be acquired by Camp4 Collective, LLC, an active lifestyle media production agency. The deal gives the majority of the assets of Forge Motion Pictures to Camp4. In addition, Anson Fogel, founder of Forge Motion Pictures will be welcomed to Camp4 as a full partner. Forge Motion Pictures will continue to operate as a subsidiary of Camp4.
Clearfield, UT – Petzl will construct a new 80,000 sq. ft. headquarters in West Valley City in Utah’s Salt Lake Valley. The brand has contracted AJC Architects and Sahara Construction to design a build a LEED-certified facility with 24,000 sq. ft. of office space, 40,000 sq. ft. of warehouse space and a 15,000 sq. ft. training area. The move to the new facility is planned to take place in early 2014.