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“Outdoor Business Town USA”: Steamboat Springs has become a proving ground for outdoor innovation

Routt County's playground is a “perfect package” for enticing and fostering outdoor recreation entrepreneurs


A look at Steamboat Springs’ long list of outdoor businesses

With an educated workforce, easy airport access and great product-testing grounds right out the office door, Steamboat Springs is a true hotbed of outdoor businesses. Here are some companies that call the Routt County town home.


Outdoor recreation continues to be a mighty economic force, accounting for $788 billion in 2019

In Colorado, about 3.2% of the economy is derived from recreation. Growth this year indicates the role of recreation as critical to national recovery during the pandemic.


After vanquishing the shoelace, Denver-based Boa Technology sells for $454 million

The pending sale marks one of the largest deals in the history of Colorado’s outdoor industry as Boa Technology has evolved into a performance-fit brand used in nearly all outdoor sports


It’s not just Colorado’s mountains: Outdoor industry brands, climbing routes also targeted for name changes

Golden's Yeti Cycles may drop the word "tribe" to describe annual gatherings, and climbing route names are changing as people grow weary of appropriated words and offensive terms used to label events and places.


New function for Phunkshun masks weaves connections through Colorado’s cut-and-sew community

The maker of technical ski wear saw its shuttered manufacturing plant rebound when Gov. Jared Polis wore one of its masks during a news conference. Now, Phunkshun is a major contributor to the Colorado Mask Project.


Ride with Jake: Burton impact felt over bittersweet weekend in Colorado’s mountains

Friends and family, along with hundreds who never met the man but wore his name, started arriving en masse Friday for an early-morning ride down one of Jake’s favorite trails in Vail


Nearly half of Americans didn’t go outside to recreate in 2018. That has the outdoor industry worried.

Sobering statistics in the Outdoor Participation Report show even kids are staying inside. “We should really be concerned as a nation that we are becoming an indoor nation,” Outdoor Foundation boss Lise Aangeenbrug says.


Evolution of Outdoor Retailer trade shows mirrors industry’s transformation into political, economic force

The annual trade shows promotes advocacy and education alongside traditional wheeling-and-dealing.


Colorado skiers will soon be able to take a bus from Denver to A-Basin, Loveland and Steamboat

Gov. Jared Polis said during a ceremony at Denver’s Union Station that the “Snowstang” service, which begins Dec. 14, will be “really convenient” and “super easy"


Analysis: As discovered, outdoor-recreation fans are joining together


Opinion: The Arkansas River is a vital lifeblood to our recreation economy. It needs protection.

Opinion Columns

Snowboard pioneer Jake Burton Carpenter dies at 65

The founder of Burton Snowboards died Wednesday night in Burlington, Vermont, according to an email sent to the staff of the company he founded.


Snowsports Industries America buys Colorado Ski & Snowboard Expo in trade group’s first turn toward consumers

The move gives SIA -- the 65-year-old founder of the annual Snow Show that is now part of Outdoor Retailer’s annual winter trade show in Denver -- its first consumer-oriented enterprise

Outdoors fires its attorneys, partners with company it targeted in trademark lawsuit as CEO vows to make amends

But the company isn’t withdrawing 50+ requests that the U.S. Patent and Trademark office cancel the trademarks of other companies, CEO Jonathan Nielsen said in an interview with The Sun.


Opinion: is abusing its power and bullying smaller businesses. But this could make us stronger.

Opinion Columns breaks its silence amid trademark lawsuit controversy to apologize and say “we made a mistake” CEO Jonathan Nielsen wrote in an open letter that the retailer’s attempts to protect its brand “were not consistent with our values.” Not everyone is buying it.

Outdoors faces boycotts, social media backlash over trademark lawsuits. But the company remains mum.’s legal disputes are even broader than originally thought. One Colorado gearmaker is trying to take cover by buying, the snowsports blog founded by the guy who coined the term “backcountry” back in the 80s

Outdoors sues anyone who uses its namesake. Is it bullying or just business?

The online retailer has filed dozens of lawsuits against makers of skis and pants -- and even Backcountry Babes, an avalanche safety course


Outdoor adventure inspired Colorado’s Anderson brothers to create Loki Outdoor Gear. Then it took one of their lives.

Dirk Anderson was killed in a motorbike crash and nearly 80-foot fall on Aug. 24 near Grand Junction. His brother, Seth, heard his last words in an attempted call for help.

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