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Colorado Ski Country USA Announces 2013-14 Double Diamond Award Winners
Athletes, on-mountain professionals, and industry veterans were recognized for their valuable contributions at the 51st Annual Meeting of Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA). Colorado’s ski resorts capped a record-setting 2013/14 season with the Double Diamond Awards, where individuals who have made significant contributions to the industry were recognized for their excellence.
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word_burton_board_072214Vintage Burton Snowboard Sells on EBay for $31,313.13
Recently we caught up with a bidding war the likes of which we’ve never seen. On July 1, by 10:45 pm this vintage 1977 Burton Experimental Prototype sold on eBay for over thirty one thousand dollars. Just in case you need a frame of reference, that’s about as much as twelve 55″ HDTVs, two new Harley Davidson Wide-Glides, thirty one thousand cans of iced tea, or the base price for a brand new BMW-3 series.
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2013/14 Ski Season Noted as Best Year for Colorado
Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA) announced at the association’s 51st Annual Meeting that statewide skier visits totaled an estimated 12.6 million for the 2013/14 ski season, thereby making it the best season on record in the state. This estimation shows Colorado being up more than 10 percent compared to last season and more than 8 percent compared to the five-year-average.
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U.S. Olympic Ski Team Member Julia Ford Meets With Harlem YMCA Campers
U.S. Olympic Ski Team member Julia Ford met with the Harlem YMCA campers to talk about what it takes to be a world-class athlete, the importance of fitness and the meaning of team spirit, while introducing kids to cross-country skiing.
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5th Annual Alpine Ski Shop Golf Scramble Raises Over $2000 to Help Fight ALS
word_chris_tyler_072214word_henry_tom_072214For the fifth year in a row, SIA fielded a team at the Alpine Ski Shop Golf Scramble at River Creek Club in Leesburg, VA. SIA’s David Ingemie, Bob Orbacz, Kelly Davis, Tom Davis and Henry Cho all joined in the fun at the July 7 event. Alpine owners Chris and Tyler Bunch said, “We had 108 participants this year, the most we’ve ever had, and we’re so pleased to have raised over $2000 to help fight ALS. All the prizes were donated by industry reps and companies, which we really appreciate, and it was a blast – everyone had a great time.”
To see photos from the event, check out the Alpine Ski Shop Facebook page.

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Independent Sales Rep – Midwest Area

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Thanks for Your Support – 60 Years of SIA
word_john_stahler_07221460th_Anniversary_sm_logo“Some SIA committees have come up with pretty aggressive projects and want funding for them. If the Executive Committee feels like the project is a proper direction for the association, it will go to the board to be voted on. We have had several projects in cross country, snowboard and marketing that have been funded that have all come to the board as a result of committee work. There are a lot of us that really care about the sport, that want to make sure it has opportunities to continue and prosper. The association has played a significant role in that.”
– John Stahler, founder of Tecnica, SIA Board Chairman 1992-1994 


In Memoriam

Conrad J. Hoigaard
word_hoigaard_1_072214It is with great sadness that we announce Conrad J Hoigaard, past owner of Hoigaard’s, Inc and Hoigaard’s Custom Canvas, passed away Friday, June 27 after a prolonged battle with Parkinson’s disease. He was 77.

Hoigaard’s was founded in Minneapolis in 1895 by CJ Hoigaard, Conrad’s grandfather. Conrad took the reins at Hoigaard’s in 1984 from his father Cyrus J Hoigaard. He was the third of five generations of the Hoigaard family to be involved with the family business that began as a tent and awning manufacturing business.

Conrad, with General Manager Glen Paff, was instrumental in introducing ski product to Hoigaard’s in 1960. During his tenure Hoigaard’s became a national leader in ski product retailing and an iconic brand in the ski industry.

word_hoigaard_2_072214Connie was an avid outdoorsman and sporting enthusiast. Besides being an avid skier from his youth, he traveled extensively running marathons, climbing peaks, hunting, and boating. He enjoyed spending time with family and friends and considered all his employees part of his family.

His will be dearly missed by all, but his legacy lives on in the brand he built and the people he touched. Read his obituary in the Star Tribune for more information.

Gretchen R. Scott
word_gretchen_scott_072214After living life to the fullest with Parkinson’s disease for the past 14 years, Gretchen Lee Ress Scott passed away after a hard-fought battle with breast cancer on July 4, 2014 in Boulder. She was 68.

Gretchen and her husband David Scott lived in Boulder and owned Chivers Sports. Gretchen helped grow the business into a second store before she became the managing director for Nevica USA ski clothing. Later she managed the U.S. office of Signs and Design a worldwide sports apparel design company, working with such companies as Harley-Davidson, Spyder, Nils, Fila and K2. With her even, nurturing style, she was everyone’s favorite boss until she retired two years ago.

Gretchen was a wonderful stepmother to David’s daughters, Christy and Amy, and treasured her friendships with people all over the world, especially her two best friends from college, Karen Coleman and Patricia Galliers. Gretchen and David discovered paradise in Port Grimaud, a small town near St. Tropez, France, and rented the same idyllic house every June for 20 years before buying a home of their own to enjoy with family and friends 12 years ago. It was Gretchen’s utmost delight to keep the tradition alive and she was able to return one last time this past April.

She is survived by her husband David of Boulder; daughter Amy Scott of Boulder, Christina Scott Hill and her husband Dr. David Hill of Wilmington, N.C.; brother Bill Ress of Upper Arlington, Ohio; sister Patricia Taylor of Granville, Ohio; and grandchildren Hailey, Hope and Hannah Kotsaftis of Boulder, Emily and Alex Eakins, and Abby, Sellers and Julian Hill, all of Wilmington, N.C.

In lieu of flowers, consider donating to a Parkinson’s research organization such as one of the following:

Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, 1359 Broadway, New York, NY 10018 , Tel: 800-457-6676,

Davis Phinney Foundation for Parkinson’s, 1772 14th Street, Boulder, CO 80302, Tel: 303-733-3340,

Roderick G. Taylor
word_roderick_taylor_072214Roderick G. Taylor, 70, husband of Carolyn (Hall) Taylor, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, July 5.

Rod was born in Hartford July 7, 1943. A world-class athlete and tennis pro, Rod was most recognized for his contributions to the U.S. Olympic Ski Team from 1967 to 1971, gaining the title of National Downhill Champion in 1970 after winning Aspen’s famed Roche Cup. He continued to compete on the World Pro Ski Racing Circuit, followed by the U.S. Masters Ski Racing circuit, medaling in both Slalom and Downhill.

In 1972, Rod bought what is now Woodbury Ski Area, a true love, and developed it into a premier recreational facility in Connecticut.

Contributions in Rod’s memory may be made to U.S. Ski and Snow Board Team Foundation, P.O. Box 100, 1 Victory La. Park City, UT 84060; or Western State College of Colorado University Ski Team.

For more information, read his obituary in the Middletown Press.

Member News

Duckworth Hires Alyssa Larson as Sales Manager
Duckworth, the only single-source wool apparel company in the world that grows, spins, knits, and sews its clothing 100 percent in the USA, has brought on board Alyssa Larson as its sales manager.
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Dakine Celebrates Hawaiian Heritage with Inaugural Surf Apparel Collection for Spring 2015
Dakine is making waves in the surf market with the launch of its spring 2015 apparel collection and newly expanded surf division, Dakine Hawaii Surf. The line of surf apparel, a first-ever in the brand’s 35-year history, focuses on men’s boardshorts and junior’s swimwear in addition to wovens, knits, flannels and fleece. The spring ’15 surf offering will also include an expanded line of hardgoods and accessories landing at specialty shops globally and online in February 2015.
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Lorpen Moves North American Headquarters
Lorpen, a performance outdoor sock designer and manufacturer with roots in the Spanish Pyrenees, has relocated its North American office in the Toronto area in order to support the growing needs of the company and staff. Lorpen will be in the new office, located at 1295 Morningside Avenue in Scarborough, Ontario, by the first of July.
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SkiA Partners with CSIA for the 2014/2015 Season
SkiA is proud to announce their most recent partnership with CSIA, the Canadian Ski Instructors’ Alliance, for the 2014/2015 season.
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Solution54 Wraps up Successful Snow Launch – Secures Patent in Preparation for Next Season
Solution54 is officially the only platform of its kind in the retail industry, and we wanted to tell SIA members about it first since you helped make it happen!
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Polartec Announces 2014 Polartec APEX Design Award Winners
Polartec, LLC announces the winners of its annual Polartec APEX Award, recognizing the finest Polartec-based products available to consumers fall 2014 and spring 2015. Judges selected winners based on the style, function, workmanship, and overall design of garments with the most innovative and appropriate uses of Polartec fabrics.
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