On The Floor of the Outdoor Retailer – by Jill Adler
And so the chaos begins. I headed down to the Salt Palace; about an hour late because I wanted to grab my Sundance press credential beforehand. That way I could stay down at the show and not have to rush back before Headquarters closed at 6 p.m. One of these days it would be nice if the OR folks clued in and moved the event to a weekend that doesn’t conflict with Sundance or the Ski Industries of America show in Denver (that one
starts next Wednesday). Despite a calm, less frenetic pace inside the Palace, the exhibitor space has been sold out for months and 18k buyers, media, and manufacturers were out cruising the aisles. That’s good news for SLC because instead of a normally slow January period, the hotels are booked solid and the restaurant patrons spilling onto the streets. More than 800 manufacturers had booths to display next winter’s hot items.
Or if you must carry a backpack, use one that will save your life in an avalanche.
Jill Adler is an award-winning outdoors writer and broadcaster based in Park City, Utah. As a professional skier, rock climber, kayaker, hiker and mom, she goes out of her way to play hard and tell about it. To find out more or to send her a note, follow her on Twitter @pcskigal.