The SIA Trade show in Denver and associated travels to Summit County took up the bulk of this week, with out of office travel. The indoor portion of the show lasted from Jan. 30-Feb. 2nd and our team arrived Jan. 29th for set up. Following the show, the on-snow demo took place in Copper Feb. 3rd and 4th, during which time, Zippy Neil and I met with Copper and other groups in and around Summit County. Bad weather across the nation delayed my return to Vermont until 2:00 AM, Thursday, Feb. 6th.
The Empire State Games that took place over the weekend of Feb. 8 & 9th, is a statewide event that encompasses virtually all winter sports. Hockey, Figure Skating, Alpine ski racing, Nordic races, snowboard, etc. are all presented for kids from all over the Empire State. The USASA manages the snowboard events over the weekend, presenting Cross (skier and boarder cross racing) and Slopestyle.
As Lake Placid and nearby Whiteface Mountain are Olympic venues ( 1932 and 1980 ), the energy and enthusiasm for the competitive events being presented was at an all time high. The first day of Olympic results from Sochi, with USA rider Sage Kostenburg winning men’s Slopestyle, generated quite a buzz around Whiteface. The A3 van made the trip to Whiteface on Saturday for the Cross events and was afforded high-profile parking spot in a requested, pre-arranged location for maximum visibility of the branded van during the event.
A3 Bars and tee shirts were distributed during the Awards Ceremony at the end of the day and kids, parents and coaches were stoked.
THE SKI RACK, 85 Main Street, Burlington, VT 800-882-4530. CONTACT: Spike Clayton.
- Ski Rack is one of the largest, most influential shops in Ski, Bike, Mountain category. Two boxes of product and tee shirts dropped off.
NORTH STAR SPORTS, 100 Main Street, Burlington, VT. 802-863-3832. Contact JP Coseno.
- Mainly a bike store, but with backcountry, XC skis in winter. Dropped off bars, road rash and tee shirts. JP and his staff loved the bars.