SIA Newsletter

The Word on the Slopes

World Snowboard DayWSD 2013: Another Great Success Across the World’s Summits!
After celebrating its 8th year on Dec. 22, World Snowboard Day hasn’t aged at all! As with every year, more than 100 events were hosted in 30 countries where thousands of snowboard enthusiasts, beginners and experts, were able to enjoy activities for free all across the planet.
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Ski/Snowboard Areas in U.S. Continue to Gear Up for January – Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month/Western and Midwest Examples
More and more ski and snowboard areas are announcing their plans for Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month in January, 2014. Last year, more than 153,000 children and adults took lessons from professional instructors in January alone when many special reduced rate programs are offered. Lessons are available all winter long. Details are available at
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PSIA-AASI’s ‘Partially Sighted. Wicked Fast‘ Shares a Journey of Paralympic Proportions and Promise
The Paralympic Games were designed to emphasize participants’ athletic achievements, which is why  the Professional Ski Instructors of America and American Association of Snowboard Instructors'(PSIA-AASI) latest “Go With a Pro” video series will chronicle the accomplishments of visually impaired athletes as well as how skiing can change an individual’s life.
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Get “Paid” for Taking Beginner Ski or Snowboard Lessons with Ski or Board Bucks from and During January 2014 and sister site, online snow sports specialty retailers based in Michigan, will again offer a $50 gift certificate to any newcomer who takes a ski or snowboard lesson during January and sends in a receipt. The offer is part of the retailer’s involvement in Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month. and carry a full range of products for the sports. Details about the gift certificates will be posted on the and sites on or before January 1, 2014.
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Tony Seibert, Grandson of Vail Founder, Killed in East Vail Chutes Avalanche
Tony SeibertTony Seibert, the grandson of Vail’s founder, Peter Seibert Sr., was killed in an avalanche while skiing in the East Vail Chutes near the resort on Tuesday, Jan 7. The 24-year-old had recently starred in Climb to Glory, a documentary about the 10th Mountain ski troopers that his grandfather had served with in the Second World War. The former top ranked USSA alpine racer turned his focus to freeskiing when he was 15, and consistently placed in competitions for professional halfpipe and big mountain competitions. The three other skiers with him, who have not been named, are being treated for minor injuries after being caught in the same avalanche. Our deepest condolences go out to the Seibert Family in this sad time.
You can read the Denver Post’s account of this tragic accident here.

More Sad News as Industry Loses Several of its Long-time Leaders
Our condolences go out to the families of several Snow Sports Industry leaders who have passed on recently. These include Christine Pell, wife of Peter Pell who was with Thule for many years; Gordon McFadden, husband of Jan McFadden, and Chairman of SIA from 1996-98 as well as former President of Helly Hansen; Dennis Harrington, who was with Look and Olin for many years; and Phil Chiarella, a Canadian sports figure and Exec VP at Nike-Bauer.


Member News

Weston Snowboards, Minturn, CONew SIA Member Weston Snowboards establishes a much-needed local design and manufacturing presence in the Vail Valley. Adding to its appeal, Weston uses Colorado pines that have been cut to prevent the spread of the state’s bark beetle epidemic.
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Dakine Launches Winter 2015 Collection Featuring Big Mountain Snow Gear, DLX Travel Series and Versatile Bags Designed for Urban Environments
Dakine’s new winter 2015 collection is designed to take you from the deep snow of the backcountry to vibrant urban landscapes. Each style is thoughtfully engineered with a fusion of essential features, proven quality and uncompromising performance. Highlights include the big mountain collection of snow packs, outerwear and gloves.
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POW Inc. Acquires Holden Outerwear to Offer Fresh Alternative in Outdoor Apparel
POW Inc., parent company to POW Gloves and Spacecraft, today announced the successful completion of its transaction to acquire 100 percent ownership of Holden Outerwear. The transaction closed and became effective December 1, 2013.
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Jones Snowboards Announces Three-Year Warranty On Splitboards
In a move that substantiates Jones Snowboards’ commitment to product quality and rider satisfaction, the company announced it will offer a three-year warranty on all Jones splitboards purchased after July 1, 2013. The announcement comes at the beginning of the company’s fourth year producing splitboards.
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RAMP Sports Wins New Awards and Recognition
RAMP Sports is racking up the awards for Winter ‘13/’14. These awards are an acknowledgement of RAMP’s commitment to the technology, quality, eco consciousness and U.S.-based manufacturing of its products. All the awards validate RAMP’s efforts to push the boundaries of innovation in the snow sports industry.
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The Gold Standard of Performance Skiwear
As an official supplier to the Sweden National Alpine Ski Team, Goldwin is no stranger to Olympic glory. If there was a gold standard for the ultimate in performance skiwear, the name Goldwin would surely grace the top of the list.
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National Ski Patrol announces John McMahon as executive director
National Ski Patrol (NSP) announced today that John McMahon has been appointed the organization’s new executive director, effective Jan. 2, 2014. McMahon brings 20-plus years of experience in the ski and tourism industries to the NSP, the largest winter rescue organization in the world.
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