Winter Market Awards

Winter Market Awards

The People’s Choice, the original metric of the outdoors, is dedicated to providing outdoor industry insiders with a platform to express their opinions. The 3rd annual Avalaunch Winter Market Awards gives outdoor industry insiders a chance to honor their picks for the year’s best. The categories include: New Product, Ambassador, Safety Product, Avalanche Educator and Overall Company.

The Avalaunch WMA’s celebrates industry favorites in Education, Manufacturing, Stewardship, Safety and Technology.

2013 Nominations Now Open

 2012 Ambassador of the Year – Jeremy Jones

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.

 2012 Educator of the Year – Dean Cummings

Dean Cummings is internationally recognized as one of the preeminent big mountain skiers, world champion skiers and mechanized ski guides working in glaciated terrain in the world today, and is a renowned leader in outdoor safety and avalanche awareness education. He was the Team Captain of the US Freestyle Ski Team and later competed on the World Extreme Skiing circuit and claimed the World Title Championship in 1995. Dean recognized the critical need for avalanche education and started a practical avalanche awareness training program for the general public in Valdez, AK in 1997, and was instrumental in the founding the North America Outdoor Institute (NAOI). He authored and crafted the “Be Snow Smart” education program, which annually reaches 20,000 people with practical, easy to implement recreation safety procedures.

 2012 New Product of the Year – BCA Float 18 Airbag

Affordability, a thin profile and a lightweight design make the Float 18 a no-brainer for those bagging sidecountry laps or those with a minimalist backcountry approach. Offering 18 liters of gear storage, features include; internal shovel and probe pockets, helmet and diagonal ski carrying system and waist belt pockets. This pack is perfect for riders who insist on fresh lines outside the ski areas.

 2012 Safety Product of the Year – BCA Tracker 2 Beacon

Tracker2 offers the industry’s fastest, most precise pinpointing, with triple receive antenna, instantaneous real–time display, and same easy–to–use interface as Tracker DTS. An intuitive mechanical search/transmit switch makes it even easier to use right out of the box. Thinner profile and harness than Tracker DTS. Includes Special mode and multiple burial indicator lights.

 2012 Company of the Year – 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.
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