Winter Market Awards Finals

Winter Market Awards Finals

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Ambassador of the Year Nominees

Bruce Edgerly

wma-bruce-edgerly Back Country Access (BCA) Co- Founder and Vice President

Chris Davenport

wma-chris-davenport Two-time World Champion skier Chris Davenport is widely regarded as one of the premier big mountain skiers in the world today. Among his many ski mountaineering achievements, in 2007 Chris became the first person to ski all fifty-four of Colorado’s 14,000-foot peaks in less than one year. He has numerous first descents of peaks around the globe under his belt, and recently guided and skied on Mt. Everest Chris has been featured in more than thirty ski films by Warren Miller and Matchstick Productions.

Jeremy Jones

jjones-1-1 Jeremy Jones has been named “Rider of the Year” by Snowboarder Magazine and has starred in over fifty snowboard movies worldwide, including 2010’s “Deeper” and the upcoming 2012 release “Further”. Jeremy was named “2010 Action Sports Athlete of the Year” at X Dance, has been voted big mountain snowboarder of the year 9 times and is the Founder and CEO of Jones Snowboards. Jeremy also founded Protect Our Winters to unite the winter sports community against climate change. Jeremy has appeared frequently in worldwide media including Outside Magazine and TV, Men’s Journal, ESPN, Fox News, NBC and National Geographic.

Dean Cummings

Dean-Cummings Since he began pioneering routes in Alaska’s storied Chugach Range nearly two decades ago, big mountain, steep skiing icon and former US Ski Team Captain Dean Cummings has been keeping folks safe thanks to his Steep Life Protocols for traveling in avalanche-prone terrain. Founder of Alaska’s premier heli-guiding service, H2o Guides, Dean also recently launched his own line of Alaska-tested skis and backcountry gear. Still notching first descents, Dean won last year’s Big Line Award from Powder magazine as well as being voted Avalanche Educator of the Year in 2011 & 2012 by Avalaunch and his peers in the Outdoor Industry.

Conrad Anker

wma-conrad-anker Conrad Anker has traveled the world in search of the raw climbing experience. From the summit of Everest to the granite spires of Antarctica back to the frozen water falls of Hyalite Canyon near his home in Bozeman, Montana, Conrad has seen a nature in its untamed power. He has experienced the wrath of avalanches creating the need for climbers and skiers to be properly educated and trained in awareness.

Educator of the Year Nominees:

Bruce Tremper

wma-bruce-tremper Bruce has been the Director of the Forest Service Utah Avalanche Center since 1986. Bruce grew up in the mountains of western Montana where his father taught him the basics of avalanches at the age of 10. After a successful 15-year ski racing career, he did avalanche control at Bridger Bowl Ski Area in Montana, earned a Masters Degree in Geology from Montana State University, studying under the well-known avalanche scientists Dr. John Montagne and Dr. Bob Brown. He then took over as the Director of Avalanche Control at Big Sky Ski Area in Montana and worked as a backcountry avalanche forecaster for the Alaska Avalanche Center. Bruce has been featured in a number of national and international television documentaries about avalanches including those produced by National Geographic, Discovery Channel and PBS as well as appearing on a number of national network news programs. Bruce wrote the book “Staying Alive in Avalanche Terrain,” published by Mountaineers Books, now in its second edition.

Carole Savage

wma-carole-savage Manager of the new Mountain Snowmobile Education Project, and Snowmobile Program Coordinator with the Canadian Avalanche Centre.

Doug Chabot

wma-doug-chabot Doug Chabot is the director of the Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center (GNFAC) in Bozeman, Montana. Doug received his B.A. in Outdoor Education from Prescott College in 1986. Since 1995 Doug has worked for the GNFAC as an avalanche specialist. He’s also a mountain guide and climber. Doug has been on numerous climbing expeditions to Alaska, Nepal, India, Afghanistan, Tajikistan and Pakistan, resulting in many first ascents and new routes. In 2011 Doug co-founded Iqra Fund with Genevieve.

Sarah Carpenter

wma-sarah-carpenter Sarah has a passion for the outdoors. She’s been working in the field of snow and snow science since 1998, when she started as a ski patroller at Bridger Bowl in Bozeman, MT. As an owner of the American Avalanche Institute, Sarah teaches avalanche courses throughout the west. Sarah also works as a ski guide in the Tetons during the winter, sharing her love of skiing with others while wearing a huge smile on her face. During the summer and fall, Sarah works as a mountain guide throughout the western US, as well as internationally.

Dean Cummings

Dean-Cummings Since he began pioneering routes in Alaska’s storied Chugach Range nearly two decades ago, big mountain, steep skiing icon and former US Ski Team Captain Dean Cummings has been keeping folks safe thanks to his Steep Life Protocols for traveling in avalanche-prone terrain. Founder of Alaska’s premier heli-guiding service, H2o Guides, Dean also recently launched his own line of Alaska-tested skis and backcountry gear. Still notching first descents, Dean won last year’s Big Line Award from Powder magazine as well as being voted Avalanche Educator of the Year in 2011 & 2012 by Avalaunch and his peers in the Outdoor Industry.

New Product of the Year Nominees:

Backcountry Access Tracker 3

wma-tracker3 Tracker’s legendary ease-of-use in a smaller package. The Tracker3’s efficient and progressive industrial design is turning some heads. T3’s foundation is still built around the industry’s fastest, most precise pinpointing and instantaneous real-time display. It’s 20 percent smaller and lighter than Tracker2, with three antennas and no-nonsense multiple burial searching.

Backcountry Access BC Link

wma-bcalink Safer riding through real-time communication. The Smart Mic user interface is located at your fingertips, meaning you never need to dig the radio out of your pack to change settings. Includes radio base unit connected to Smart Mic. Designed to be worn with all backpacks. Optimized for use with BCA’s new line of Stash packs. The BC Link is compatible with all FRS/GMRS radios (standard talkabout radios) and has a range of 2.5 miles line of sight with 140 hours of battery life.

Mammut RAS Pro Pack

wma-mammut-rsa This airbag system is removable and transferable for the ultimate in convenience and safety in the backcountry. The large single airbag increases your volume thus your flotation in the event of getting caught in a slide, and provides head protection from trauma. For guides, traveling in avalanche-prone terrain can be an occupational hazard, so it makes sense to take the necessary precautions.

InReach SE

wma-inreach From LOL to SOS and every message in between, DeLorme inReach SE makes any adventure better. With inReach SE, you can both send and receive text messages at the ends of the earth and everywhere in between with the handy color screen and virtual keyboard. When you’re off the grid and out of cell phone range, you can quickly and easily share your journey with family and friends, let them ping and message you, and always receive a delivery confirmation that your message was sent — all thanks to the Iridium satellite network with 100% global coverage. And in the event of an emergency, you can trigger an SOS, receive delivery confirmation, and then have an two-way text conversation with the search and rescue monitoring center until help arrives.

Polartec Alpha

wma-polartec Soldiers simply can’t afford to shed or add layers while on the go. The U.S. Special Forces require active insulation that works during both the resting and dynamic phases in the field. Together we developed an advanced breathable insulation technology that dries quickly, retains warmth, and circulates airflow. Polartec® Alpha® performed so well that it is now standard issue for the U.S. Special Forces. This invention alone spurred an entirely new insulation category available to the demanding and innovative apparel markets. Look for the Polartec® label to be certain that you have the most advanced technology available.

Safety Product of the Year Nominees:

Backcountry Access Float 32

wma-float Designed for pros, guides, and dedicated backcountry junkies carrying all the essentials. Includes big volume, load lifters, new dedicated shovel/probe pocket and waist belt pocket. Trigger can be set for the left or right shoulder strap and hydration can be routed through the other side.

Backcountry Access Tracker 3

wma-tracker3 Tracker’s legendary ease-of-use in a smaller package. The Tracker3’s efficient and progressive industrial design is turning some heads. T3’s foundation is still built around the industry’s fastest, most precise pinpointing and instantaneous real-time display. It’s 20 percent smaller and lighter than Tracker2, with three antennas and no-nonsense multiple burial searching.

Pieps iBeacon Probe

wma-iprobe The PIEPS iPROBE ONE is an electronic probe (digital technique) with an optical and acoustic target indicator for every standard transceiver and automatic deactivating function. Maximum support for the rescuer.

Black Diamond Avalaung 2

wma-avalung A modern version of the classic AvaLung shoulder sling is designed to be used for backcountry safety on its own or with non-AvaLung ski packs. Allows an avalanche victim to breathe fresh air directly from the snowpack by diverting CO2 away from fresh-air intake.

North Face Patrol 24 ABS Winter Pack

wma-northface-patrol The ultimate ski/board backcountry pack with built-in ABS Avalanche Airbag System. Featuring the industry’s most trusted technology for preventing burial in an avalanche, the ABS system uses a user activated compressed Nitrogen gas canister to inflate two integrated, high-volume airbags that keep you on the surface on the avalanche and speeds rescue due to the visibility of the airbags. A 95% success rate in real-world use, the ABS Avalanche Airbag System is proven to significantly increase your safety margin in the backcountry.

Company of the Year Nominees:

Backcountry Access

wma-logo-bca Like many innovative companies, we have humble beginnings (Bruno’s garage). At BCA, our mission is to save lives, not just pump products. As a leader in our industry, we need to be responsible about sending people into the backcountry. They need to be equipped not just with products, but with education. That’s why we’ve invested so much in research and education. We pride ourselves on being the “knowledge leaders” of our industry.

Protect Our Winters

POW Protect Our Winters (POW) was started in 2007 by pro snowboarder Jeremy Jones who witnessed first-hand the impact of climate change on our mountains. After having been turned away from areas that had once been ride-able and seeing resorts closed due to lack of snow, Jeremy saw a gap between the winter sports community and the action being taken by us all to address the problem. We represent the global snow sports community – there are 21 million of us in the US alone. Clearly, it’s time for us all to step up and take responsibility to save a season that fuels our passions but is also the foundation for our livelihoods, our jobs and the economic vitality of our mountain regions. POW was founded on the idea that the collective power of the winter sports community is massive, and if we can all work together, the end result can be revolutionary. Together We Can Protect Our Winters.

Mammut

wma-logo-mammut Mammut aims to offer the very best alpine products, assume our social responsibility, and leave behind the best possible ecological footprint. So that future generations can be mountaineers as well. Mammut is convinced: To ensure long-term corporate success, social and ecological aspects must be considered as well as the business dimension. Corporate responsibility is an integral part of our core business – and applied on firm as well as on product level. It’s a complex footpath without ending, on which we advance step by step.

Chaco

wma-logo-chaco Chaco builds premium footwear and accessories for the outdoor-minded. Fit for Adventure! Chaco is dedicated to being a connection to a lifetime of adventure.  We live in a world that makes faddish, non-recyclable and non-repairable products. In short, we make garbage. Since 1989, Chaco products have been the gold standard for durability and simplicity. We got our start by creating a product that outlasted the competition—one that could be repaired rather than pitched into a landfill.

Patagonia

wma-logo-patagonia Patagonia grew out of a small company that made tools for climbers. Alpinism remains at the heart of a worldwide business that still makes clothes for climbing – as well as for skiing, snowboarding, surfing, fly fishing, paddling and trail running.  In each sport, reward comes in the form of hard-won grace and moments of connection between us and nature. For us at Patagonia, a love of wild and beautiful places demands participation in the fight to save them, and to help reverse the steep decline in the overall environmental health of our planet. We donate our time, services and at least 1% of our sales to hundreds of grassroots environmental groups all over the world who work to help reverse the tide.  We know that our business activity – from lighting stores to dyeing shirts – creates pollution as a by-product. So we work steadily to reduce those harms. We use recycled polyester in many of our clothes and only organic, rather than pesticide-intensive, cotton.
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