Sport Specific Advanced Degrees Provide New Talent For the Outdoor Industry

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PSTFTwo outdoor sports specific international advanced degrees were launched in 2012 in the French Alps through the collaboration of companies in the outdoor sports industry and the Outdoor Sports Valley (OSV) association.

In partnership with the Université de Savoie’s IUT Technical School, the Bachelor’s in Performance Sports Textile and Footwear (PSTF) degree aims to train future skilled technicians in the areas of apparel, footwear, bags or textile accessories.

National Ski Patrol Partners with Virus

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VIRUSHungtington Beach, CA – Virus Action Sport Performance has been chosen as the official supplier for the National Ski Patrol Association (NSP). Virus will be supplying the NSP’s 29,000 members with its Stay Warm Coffee Charcoal Compression. The compression garments will help patrollers perform for extended periods in the harsh mountain conditions where they often serve the skiing, snowboarding and outdoor recreation community.

Leisure Trends Partner With NSGA

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Leisure Trends GroupBoulder, CO and Mount Prospect, IL – Leisure Trends and the National Sporting Goods Association (NSGA) have formed a strategic partnership that will give all NSGA members access to topline data from Leisure Trends’ Sporting Goods Retailtrak. In addition, NSGA members will also be able to purchase Brand Share reports for more detailed information.

Adventure Cycling Association Expands Maps and Hits Record Sales

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Adventure Cycling AssociationThe Adventure Cycling Association is North America's largest non-profit cycling organization. It exists to inspire more people to travel by bicycle and to improve conditions for existing bicycle travelers. The association has performed well for fiscal year 2012 (October 1, 2011 to September 30, 2012). It is now operating with a budget of $4.95 million—up 17% over last year.

Eastern Mountain Sports Acquired by Versa Capital

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Eastern Mountain SportsPhiladelphia, PA – Versa Capital Management LLC today acquired Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS). Versa Capital Principal and Chairman of Bob’s Stores, Mark Walsh, will serve as chairman of the Board of EMS. No disclosure has been made about the purchase terms.

No major initiatives will be considered until the holiday season is over, however plans are being made to explore opportunities for a collaboration between Bob’s Stores and EMS, as well as for maintaining all current EMS stores.

Outdoor Retailer Release Results of Collective Voice Survey

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collective voiceFollowing the Summer Market in August, Outdoor Retailer (OR) and Outdoor Industry Association (OIA) collected and analyzed input from more than 3,000 tradeshow stakeholders in order to understand the needs of the industry as OR continues to outgrow its current facilities in Salt Lake City.

Unfortunately, industry favorites like Salt Lake City and Denver are currently too small to house the tradeshow in a single venue. According to Kenji Haroutunian, Nielsen Expo Outdoor Group VP and OR show director, conversations will continue with officials in those cities while other venue options that are large enough for OR are being pursued.

2013 Summit for Someone Adds Seven New Climbs

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big city mountaineerBig City Mountaineers has reached the ninth year of its Summit for Someone fundraising climb series. Donations made to climbers go toward improving the lives of under-privileged, urban youth through wilderness mentoring expeditions.

Along with an updated website and new sponsors, seven new climbs have been added to this year’s Summit for Someone roster, including international destinations like Everest base camp, Aconcagua and Ecuador Volcanoes.

Sales Rep Association Launches 2013 Grant Program

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The Eastern Outdoor Reps Association (EORA) is launching its Outdoor Opportunity Grant Program beginning January 2013. With the grant program, the association hopes to support non-profit organizations in-need that are located within the three eastern regions EORA serves: New England, the Mid-Atlantic and the Southeast. Each region will have access to grant funding of up to $1,000, and applicants must be a charitable non-profit organization with IRS 501(c)(3) status.

To apply, visit or contact the EORA offices at 828-252-7956. The application deadline is October 31, 2012. All accepted applications will be notified by December 31, 2012.

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