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Outdoor Retailer is leaving Denver for Salt Lake City, industry leaders promise to boycott

Outdoor Retailer is moving its twice-a-year trade shows out of Denver and back to Salt Lake City.  The national outdoor trade show with a $45 million annual impact left Utah in 2017 after industry heavyweights blasted the state’s leaders for supporting the reduction of federally-protected national monuments. It will return to its 20-year home in […]

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Patagonia, REI, others threaten to boycott Outdoor Retailer if it moves back to Salt Lake City

An environmental conservation group and two dozen outdoor recreation companies, including Patagonia, REI and The North Face, announced Monday they would boycott the Outdoor Retailer trade show if it’s moved from Denver back to Salt Lake City, accusing Utah’s leaders of trying to chip away at protections for national monuments and public lands. The Conservation […]

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Colorado’s outdoor industry rallies to keep Outdoor Retailer trade show in Denver

The outdoor industry flexed its newfound political muscle five years ago by leaving Utah and taking its twice-a-year Outdoor Retailer trade shows to Colorado. Outdoor brands and advocates, irked over Utah’s push to dismantle protections for Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments, moved their annual gatherings — which draw 85,000 visitors and stir an […]

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Utah has landed two outdoor industry trade shows in the past year. Is it vying to reclaim Denver’s Outdoor Retailer, too?

PARK CITY, UTAH — Stepping off the free bus and hustling over to the temporary tent city in one of Deer Valley Resort’s parking lots, Cameron Wenzel had only one thing on his mind: bikes. “I went straight to the Pinarello booth, got a $12,000 road bike and rode up to the top of one […]

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Mountain athletes push progress over perfection in climate fight

Caroline Gleich remembers a decade ago when advocating for climate policy became an essential part of her career as a professional ski mountaineer. As she reported the impacts of climate change from far-flung corners she explored for her work, she was besieged.  “Told to shut up, called a glacier killer, a hypocritical ecoterrorist, a polluter. […]

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

Snowsports Industries America, the nonprofit trade group representing winter industry retailers, resorts and manufacturers, is acquiring the Colorado Ski and Snowboard Expo and its sister expo in Boston. The move, announced Friday, 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 […]

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Denver Merchandise Mart has become a hub for outdoor retailers — and could one day host trade shows

Todd Herrick sees opportunity in the chaos.  The entrepreneur is hoping the roiling state of outdoor industry trade shows — coupled with the industry’s dynamic buy-and-sell cycles based on shifting overseas production timelines — will elevate his frill-free Denver Merchandise Mart as a safe harbor for outdoor brands, reps, vendors and retailers. “Wheeling and dealing. […]