SnowSports Industries America (SIA) announced the winners of the SIA SnowSports Retailers of the Year and the Canadian SnowSports Retailers and Reps of the Year. 

Winners will be honored at an Awards Ceremony during the SIA 08 SnowSports Trade Show January 29-February 1, 2008, in Las Vegas.  The Awards Ceremony will take place on Wednesday, January 30 at 8:30 am in the Mandalay Bay Convention Center lobby.  Awardees were chosen based on specific criteria and for consistently making a significant impact in the snow sports industry.

Retailer nominees in the US hailed from seven different regions and were voted on by suppliers and reps in the snow sports industry.  Winners of the Canadian accolades came from six different territories in their country.  Canadian retail winners were nominated by suppliers and reps while the Canadian Rep winners were nominated by retail shops.  “We were very pleased to see that the industry is continuing to show their support of the snow sports rep and retail community and recognize their hard work and dedication to the industry,” said Sara Hobbs of SIA.  “We look forward to continue raising awareness of the overall SIA awards programs and its winners.”

U.S. Retailers of the Year:

  • Mid-Atlantic  —  Buckman’s Ski Shop (Pottstown, PA)
  • New England  —   Skirack, Inc. (Burlington, VT)
  • Mountain   —  Aspen/Snowmass Four-Mountain Sports/D&E Ski & Snowboard Shop (Aspen, CO)*
  • North Central  —  Joe’s Ski Shop (St. Paul, MN)
  • Pacific (tie) —  Porters Sports (Truckee, CA)*
  • South Central  —  St. Bernard Sports (Dallas, TX)*
  • Southeast   —  Peter Glenn (Atlanta, GA)*

     *Note: Repeat winners

Canadian SnowSports Retailers of the Year:

  • Alberta  —  The Source (Calgary)
  • Atlantic  —  Ballistic Skate & Snow (St. John’s, Newfoundland)*
  • British Columbia —  Costal Riders (Surrey)
  • Snow Covers (Vancouver)*
  • Manitoba/Saskatchewan — Outtabounds (Saskatoon)
  • Ontario      — Sporting Life (Toronto)*
  • Quebec      — Axis (Tremblant) Daniel Lachance Ski Service (Mount Tremblant)

    *Note: Repeat winners

 Canadian SnowSports Rep of the Year:

  • Alberta   — Ian Hunter
  • Atlantic   — Steve Smith
  • British Columbia —  Mike Clarke
  • Manitoba/Saskatchewan — Andrew Hicks
  • Ontario  —  Lance Webb; Keri Webb
  • Quebec  —  André Dallaire*

    *Note: Repeat winners

“Receiving this award justifies that our relentless pursuit to give our customers the best in brands, products and the overall customer experience. To be acknowledged by our industry is a credit to the hard working staff we have from buyers to management right to our sales professionals,” said John Roe of Sporting Life.    Derek Johnson, Managing Director of Aspen Skiing Company Rental/Retail Department and a two-time SIA US Retailer of the Year winner commented, “Winning this award again validates much of the hard work that our team has been focused on over the last two years.  I couldn’t be more proud of our front line employees and store managers as we look forward to our continuing success and raising the bar for snowsports retailers.”

These awards are part of the overall awards program that SIA has continued to build over the past several years.  Other awards currently included in the program: the US SnowSports Rep of the Year and Supplier of the Year awards.  Information on the awards program and previous winners can be found on the association website at