Jan 27, 2016
Industry + Intelligence
Denver, CO
Jan. 28-31, 2016
SIA Snow Show & Sourcing Snow
Colorado Convention Center
Denver, CO
Feb. 1-2, 2016
On-Snow Demo/Ski-Ride Fest
Copper Mountain Resort, CO

2011 Industry Achievement Award Winner: Ned Hamilton

Ned Hamilton opened his first ski shop in 1958 in the basement of the A.D. Farwell Co., a men’s clothing Store in Montpelier, VT. He named it after his one-year-old son, Peter Glen Hamilton. By 1970 he had added locations at Mad River Glen, Stowe and Sugarbush and moved his original location to the Barre-Montpelier Road.

At the age of 37 Ned was diagnosed with a pulmonary embolism and was told to give up skiing as well as his passion for flying his own planes. While he contemplated what to do next, he spent time at his condo in Florida. Staying away from snow sports did not last long. By 1975 he was opening a new ski shop in Boca Raton. In order to sell winter sport apparel and equipment in Florida Ned had to sell the sport by helping grow ski clubs. Ned now has ten locations in Florida as well as two in Georgia and one in Virginia.


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"The SIA Snow Show is the best time of the year! You get to see all the new technology coming out, you get to see all the sales reps you have relationships with, and then right around the corner you get to test everything out at the On-Snow Demo at Copper." Katy Graul, Ski Brokers, Fraser, CO
"For me, the Show is so much more than just a product presentation, it's a true breeding ground for ideas and inspiration. The forums, the marketing information, and the opportunities for retailers like me to network with each other has become a major feature for me." Teddy Schiavoni, Summit Ski Shop, Framingham, MA
"It's the place to go to see as many manufacturing companies as you can see under one roof at one time. It’s the latest and greatest of everything that’s going to be coming through the stores in the next six to eight months. I think people do a disservice to themselves by not going." Susan Woody, sales rep, Turtle Fur
"This Show is so important because it's the preview for what’s to come; it's the big picture. You can talk to the people that are in sales, product development, we can tell you plans for next year as well as help retailers with their buy so they become informed and make better decisions for their business." Ryan Green, Nordic Division Manager, Rossignol
"From an international perspective, I can see that the whole US snow sports industry is truly a community. Everybody's here and you can see that it's a family." Sigi Rumphuber, Product Designer/Engineer, G3
"This whole business is based on relationships, so if you don’t get that face to face time it's difficult to continue those relationships or build new ones. And of course we have to be at the Show because it gives a chance for everyone to see the full line, and to talk about any problems or potential opportunities." Josh Roberts, VP, Nitro Snowboards

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