A trip to High RustlerMay 2015
This past World Cup season, we lost two members of the US Ski Team family. On January 5th, 2015 an avalanche in Soelden took the lives of Ronnie Berlack and Bryce Astle, two rising racers on the USST development team. During our recent Men’s photo shoot at Alta Ski Area, we were fortunate enough to meet Bryce’s parents. After sharing hugs and laughs with the family, we were inspired to honor the lives of Ronnie and Bryce, through a trek to the famed-High Rustler trail. After several traverses and side steps, we arrived at High Rustler with US Ski Team coach, TJ Lanning, as well as athletes Steven Nyman and Jared Goldberg.
‘’Our adventure was nothing short of wind lips, scoured ridgeline and shark tooth-like rocks tearing at our bases. I was thinking to myself, the boys would be going a lot faster than this and probably airing over all the cliff bands. Once we finally made it, my heart rate began rushing and the emotions started to surface. All I wanted to do was shred it like they would have. The three of us picked a line to ski together, far skier left next to the cliffs. Though it was amazing to share this with good friends and teammates --- Steven and Jared --- I skied that run another dozen times before Alta closed that day, every time it feeling equally as special. ‘’, says Lanning. Nyman adds ‘’I had them in my mind the whole way down. I was envisioning the boys chasing us, skiing by my side then passing me. It was wild to feel that connection in the moment. ‘’
23-year old American downhiller, Jared Goldberg, found himself reflecting back on the innate love his peers had for skiing. ''I remember talking to some coaches about talented up and coming racers, and all of them said without a doubt Ronnie Berlack and Bryce Astle. During my first session with the US Ski Team, all the other kids training were pretty shy and didn't talk to me, but not Bryce. He was asking questions and you could tell that he loved not only racing, but skiing in general was his passion. '' Since the accident, the Astle family has spread Bryce’s ashes throughout the High Rustler trail, known now by locals as ‘Bryce’s Run’.
Chris Davenport inducted into U.S. Ski Hall Of FameMay 2015
Mountaineering legend Chris Davenport became the first Spyder athlete to be inducted into the United States Ski Hall of Fame, receiving the honor on April 11th in Steamboat Springs. In the outdoors, 'Dav' is as decorated as it comes, having skied all 14,000’ foot-peaks in Colorado in one year, summiting Mount Everest, as well as being a 2x World Extreme Skiing Champion. An icon of off-piste skiing in North America, forever living by the words of writer T.S. Eliot, "Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.''
Read more on Dav's honor.
Spyder photoshoot collides with ‘Big Wednesday’ storm at Alta Ski AreaApril 2015
This past week we executed our Men’s Fall'15 Photoshoot at Alta Ski Area with Spyder athletes Steven Nyman, TJ Lanning, Jared Goldberg, and Julian Carr. We were very fortunate with the weather, as Little Cottonwood Canyon received 44’' inches of fresh snow on Tuesday night. With the World Cup season now concluded, it proved to be a special time over in Utah with our US Ski Team, as well as freestyle skiers.
Outside of the deep turns on ‘Big Wednesday’ we also captured urban lifestyle pictures in Salt Lake City, and mountain lifestyle pictures in the Wasatch National Forest.
See preliminary imagery here
We cannot thank POC Sports and Alta Ski Area enough for their support on this project, who went above any beyond to make it a success.
James Hinchcliffe wins Grand Prix New Orleans!April 2015
James Hinchcliffe is back on the podium after winning the Grand Prix of New Orleans.
The race proved to be a huge win for James, Schmidt-Peterson Motorsports, and Arrow Electronics, as well as jump start the young racing season.
The timing could not have been better for Spyder, with our first ever commercial spots airing on Friday and Sunday on NBC Sports. View Spyder's commercial.
James battled through dangerous conditions in Louisiana, driving through a rain-soaked track with numerous caution flags, stating "Visibility was shocking, and there were some pretty big puddles on the track..”.
After nearly running out of gas before the finish, Hinchcliffe was able to hold off iconic IndyCar driver, Helio Castroneves, to take his first checked flag since 2013 in Iowa.
Julia Mancuso to Represent Spyder as Female AmbassadorApril 2015
Spyder is pleased to announce that Julia Mancuso has renewed her contract with Spyder and will be the face of its women’s collection going forward.
Mancuso, the Olympic Gold Medalist and most decorated female alpinist in the history of the United States, is affectionately known as “Super Jules,” by her U.S. Ski Team teammates and fans. She is known for sporting a tiara when she skis, and has been memorably quoted as saying, “you can be feminine and fast,” a sentiment that aligns perfectly with Spyder’s athletic, yet sexy Femme Fatale clothing line. The Fall 2016 and Spring 2016 lines will focus on fashion-forward, fitness-conscious, high-performance clothing for all seasons.
Julia lives an active lifestyle year-round. She spends much of her time in Maui, where she resides at her permanent home. She loves to dive and surf, as much as she loves to race and ski powder. Julia notes, “Life isn’t about pushing your limits, it’s realizing there are no limits.” In a new campaign focused on ‘Life Limitless’, Mancuso will be featured in advertisements throughout 2015.
Andrew Palmer Wins 12-hours of SebringMarch 2015
Spyder athlete Andrew Palmer made history over the weekend, completing the first back-to-back victory for any 20-year old driver within the Daytona Prototype Class — after winning the 12-hours of Sebring at Sebring International Raceway on Sunday.
His Cuttwood/Mathiasen PR1 racing team now has the overall lead in the Patron North American Endurance Cup, see full standings here. Also there are more pictures from victory lane here
Moving forward, Andrew’s next race is in Monza, Italy on April 11th-12th for the opening round of the Blancpain Endurance Series; where he will debut the new Lamborghini Huracan GT3.
This proves to not only be the debut of the new race car but also the first ever factory race team assembled by Lamborghini — with Andrew serving as the only American driver.
Be sure to follow live updates of Andrew on our media channels Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter
Spyder & Schmidt-Peterson Motorsports prepare for 2015 IndyCar seasonMarch 2015
The 2015 IndyCar season will officially kickoff on March 29th at the Streets of St. Petersburg race in St. Petersburg, Florida, along with the new partnership between Spyder, Schmidt-Peterson Motorsports, James Hinchcliffe, and Arrow Electronics. Spyder will also be serving as the officially apparel sponsor for the team, with potential activations at the Streets of Long Beach, Streets of Toronto, and/or Indianapolis 500 races.
See full IndyCar schedule here
In addition, Schmidt-Peterson announced last week that Arrow Electronics will be the primary sponsor of the No. 5 that will be driven by Hinchcliffe. See car unveiling here
“Having Arrow Electronics as a primary team sponsor is just another step in this dream come true,” adds team owner Sam Schmidt. “The company’s vision is perfectly aligned with SPM and INDYCAR’s key focal points: speed, innovation and technology. We look forward to an exciting race season and a great partnership for years to come.”
Read more here
Be sure to follow LIVE updates this season on the respective media channels: @spyderactive, @spmindycar, @hinchtown, and @arrowglobal.
Spyder Names Patrick Dempsey as Brand AmbassadorMarch 2015
Starting in Spring 2015, Spyder is pleased to announce that Patrick Dempsey will be the new face of Spyder. The Spring line specifically is autosport inspired, and with his car racing accomplishments, Dempsey is an ideal fit.
Racing has always been his true passion, and with that, Dempsey maintains sports car and vintage car collections. He has competed in prestigious pro--am events such as the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Rolex 24 at Daytona, and Tecate SCORE Baja 100 off--road race. Dempsey is best known for his television role as neurosurgeon Dr. Derek Shepherd (also known as “McDreamy”) on the ABC medical drama Grey’s Anatomy. On the big screen, his many films include Enchanted, Can’t Buy Me Love, Made of Honor, and Transformers: Dark of the Moon. He grew up skiing the East Coast, racing in Lewiston, Maine.
Dempsey will represent the brand throughout the year. He will also partner with Spyder athlete and IndyCar driver, James Hinchcliffe, to serve as the canvas to the auto--racing inspired GT line.
With a new content strategy focused on ‘Life Limitless’, Spyder features Dempsey in the April issue of Esquire, with a spread advertisement --- see here.
“We are excited to have Patrick join the Spyder family. With deep roots in competitive skiing, he has been living the brand since his youth. His personality and drive align well with where Spyder is currently heading. Patrick’s passion for racing, his roots in skiing and what he produces behind the wheel, complement Spyder's performance, technology and the results that brought us to where we are today. Patrick’s professional background and keen eye for design are something this brand will thrive on.” — Russ Rowan, SVP Global Sales & Marketing
World Championships '15February 2015
For the first time since 1999, the World Championships were back in the United States, for two action packed weeks of racing, music, and abundant sunshine. We saw a gold medal won by American's Ted Ligety and Mikaela Shiffrin, as well as a silver medal awarded to Travis Ganong in the Downhill, and bronze medal to Lindsey Vonn in the Super-G and Ted Ligety in the Combined. See full results here
In terms of Spyder athletes, we saw an inspired Downhill by Steven Nyman, who finished in 4th place, just one shy of the bronze medal. See full Men’s Downhill results here
After finishing in the top-20 in the Downhill &Combined, Julia Mancuso saw her best results in the Super G, finishing 9th. See full Women’s Super G results here
Jared Goldberg, the youngest member of the Spyder athlete and US Ski Team(s) showed promise after being a last minute addition to the roster following a gruesome injury to Bode Miller. See Bode’s crash here
After placing 20th in the downhill, Goldberg finished 3rd in the 1st/Downhill portion of the Combined, before skiing out of the slalom in the afternoon.
A speed specialist, the 23-year old Goldberg also recorded the fastest time in the lower portion of the downhill, leaving quite the impression on coaches and fans. See full Combined results here
Images of Steven, Jared, & Julia can be found here
The World Championships proved to be an incredible two weeks for the US Ski Team, their fans, and the sport in general; which flooded the stands each day in Vail-Beaver Creek.The attendance proved to be record breaking for any recent domestic ski race, with the 10,000+ grand stands seats being filled to capacity hours before each race.
SIA Lot Party 2015January 2015
SIA'15 proved to be a very exciting weekend for Spyder, as we unveiled the new trade-show booth, as well as hosted our annual 'Lot Party' across the street from the Colorado Convention Center.
Our new booth proved to turn heads at the show, introducing a new space for Spyder employees,retailers, and fans to socialize, work, and engage with our brand. See candid booth imagery here
When walking the venue, it could be quickly observed how unique Spyder's new booth was compared to other action sports companies; resembling a global activation space compared to the common slat wall display of product.
Our annual 'Lot Party' proved to be our most successful one to date, with Spyder partnering with HEAD Skis, Audi-Boulder, Carlsberg, Blue Ice Vodka, Rhino Racks, and 3M Thinsulate. With over 1,600 attendees throughout the night, Spyder also welcomed athletes Sierra Quitiquit, Chris Davenport, Julian Carr, Jess McMillan, and Julia Mancuso to the party. See full image deck here
It proved to be a fun night of food, drinks, and music for all brands involved, capped off by a set from DJ RIPM and his electric violinist. Here he is in action.
Authentic Brands Group, LLC Completes Purchase of Spyder Active Sports, Inc.August, 16 2013
Strategic License Partnership with LF USA Positions Premium Outdoor Apparel Company For Continued Long-Term Success
NEW YORK, NY (August 16, 2013) - Authentic Brands Group, LLC (ABG) announced today the acquisition of Spyder, a premium, globally recognized outdoor ski and snow brand. Spyder represents the first outdoor and winter sports brand in ABG’s growing portfolio.
In connection with the acquisition, ABG and LF USA have entered into a partnership that establishes LF USA as the exclusive licensee partner in North, South, and Central America, Europe, the Middle East and Africa for all current in-market and footwear products bearing the Spyder brand. In addition, LF Asia will act as lead agent to identify best-in-class partnerships for the brand in all product categories in the Asia Pacific market.
“We are thrilled to announce the addition of Spyder to our growing portfolio of brands,” said Jamie Salter, CEO of Authentic Brands Group, LLC. “Spyder is widely known and highly respected throughout the outdoor community as one of the most technical and fashionable brands in the winter sports market. We look forward to working closely with LF USA and Spyder management to maintain and grow Spyder’s presence both on and off the mountain.”
Spyder, which started as a small mail order business in 1978, has become one of the largest ski-specialty brands in the world through authentic product offerings and attention to understanding the intricate function, features and fashions the outdoor and ski-lifestyle consumer demands. With headquarters in Boulder, Colorado, the company is known as a premium brand in winter sports with its success in building the finest apparel for winter sport enthusiast with an active lifestyle. Spyder is the official supplier to the US Ski Team, a relationship established in 1989. In addition, the Canadian Alpine Ski Team has been outfitted by Spyder since 2002.
“This will elevate and streamline our current business while opening the door to expand the brand’s reach into new markets. Our team’s creativity and vision knows no bounds. Technical superiority, great design, and excellent finishing are not limited to the mountain and we are excited to show what is now possible with ABG and LF USA in our corner,” said Tom McGann, CEO of Spyder Active Sports, Inc.
“This is a truly global brand. It has extremely strong brand equity and an iconic brand mark that is instantly recognized and elicits and inspires a sense of elite technical performance, trust and forward-thinking fashion among an extremely savvy consumer,” said Dow Famulak, Chief Executive Officer of LF USA and LF Europe at Li & Fung, Limited. “Spyder provides strong building blocks from which to grow a far-reaching brand and we are confident that between our expertise and resources, ABG’s vision and Spyder’s deep category understanding, we have a team that will enable Spyder to not only meet, but exceed consumer expectations.”
About Authentic Brands Group, LLC
Authentic Brands Group, in partnership with Leonard Green & Partners, is an intellectual property corporation with a mandate to acquire, manage and build long-term value in prominent consumer brands. Headquartered in New York City, ABG's mission is to further enhance brand equity through partnering with best-in-class licensees and direct-to-retail partnerships in apparel, sporting goods, action sports, home, celebrity, entertainment and consumer electronics. ABG brands include Marilyn Monroe®, Judith Leiber®, Adrienne Vittadini®, Taryn Rose®, Hickey Freeman®, Hart Schaffner Marx®, Palm Beach®, Misook®, Spyder®, Prince®, Ektelon®, Viking®, Bobby Jones®, TapouT® and Sportcraft®. www.abg-nyc.com
About Spyder Active Sports, Inc.
Spyder is one of the largest specialty ski brands in the world. It is an Official Supplier to the U.S. Alpine and Canadian Alpine Teams. Spyder products integrate high-technology fabrication, sport-specific function, and fashion conscious designs. Based in Boulder, CO, the company sells high performance outerwear and sportswear in the United States, Canada and more than 50 countries outside of North America. http://www.spyder.com
About Li & Fung Limited
Li & Fung Limited (SEHK:494), the Hong Kong-headquartered multinational group, is recognized as the world's leader in consumer goods design, development, sourcing and distribution. It manages the supply chain for retailers and brands worldwide with over 300 offices and distribution centers in more than 40 economies spanning across the Americas, Europe, Africa and Asia. Through its three interconnected Business Networks – Trading, Logistics and Distribution – the Group offers a spectrum of services that covers the entire supply chain end-to-end. Corporate website: http://www.lifung.com
Spyder Further Evolves Its Product Distribution NetworkJune 21, 2013
By bringing a new product distribution facility online in Kent, Washington, Spyder stands to enhance its service commitment to its ever-growing dealer base.
Spyder Bolsters Big Mountain Athlete Roster by Renewing Relationship with Chris Davenport and Signing Sierra QuitiquitJanuary 28, 2013
Both athletes signed to 3-year deals.
Spyder and Carlsberg Canada Agree to Three-Year Promotional Partnership in North AmericaOctober 14, 2012
Partnership brings together two premium brands which previously operated in separate spheres, and provides the opportunity for each to expand their reach into valuable new market segments.
BOULDER, Colo. (October 15, 2012) – Spyder Active Sports, Inc., the Colorado-based manufacturer of premium technical ski and active mountain lifestyle apparel, and premium beer brand Carlsberg Canada, have agreed to a three-year partnership aimed at the strategic cross promotion of each other’s products in North America.
The partnership marks the coming together of two premium brands which previously operated in separate spheres, and provides the opportunity for each to expand their reach into valuable new market segments.
“With winter quickly approaching in North America, and a dusting of snow visible on the foothills outside Spyder headquarters, we couldn’t be more excited to announce this multi-year partnership with Carlsberg,” explained Russ Rowan, Spyder’s VP of Sales and Global Marketing. “Everyone in our world looks forward to that first epic day on snow, in the mountains, with good friends – and a cold, quality beer is the consensus way to celebrate at the end of the day. We’re proud to now be able to introduce those enjoyable moments to our audience with Carlsberg’s fitting slogan: ‘That Deserves a Carlsberg.’ We are stoked to forge a multi-year partnership with another premium brand that is keen on pursuing an array of cooperative, grassroots marketing initiatives to promote their brand in our world, and our brand in their world.“
Nick Relph, Marketing Director for North America, Carlsberg Group of Companies, voiced similar excitement about the partnership, adding “Spyder's no-holds-barred attitude, progressive approach, and position as North America's preeminent winter sports and lifestyle brand makes this partnership very exciting. There is a natural synergy between the two brands and we at Carlsberg are excited to build a long-term partnership with the 'bug,' the brand, the attitude, and the antidote that is Spyder.”
The iconic brands will roll out their partnership with collaborative grassroots marketing campaigns that drive deep engagement between their audiences to foster cross-promotion, including shared advertising and a focus on event-based activations.
About Spyder Active Sports
Renowned for integrating high-tech fabrics, fashion and functionality, Spyder is the world’s leading skiwear and mountain-based apparel brand. Launched in 1978 with the development of revolutionary padded slalom race sweaters, the iconic brand continues to develop progressive apparel, season after season. Rigorously tested by top athletes across the world including the U.S. and Canadian Alpine Ski Teams plus big mountain, freeski, and park & pipe professional skiers. Based in Boulder, Colorado, Spyder products are distributed in over 50 countries worldwide. For more information and to view the current collection, please visit www.spyder.com.
About The Carlsberg Group
The Carlsberg Group is one of the leading brewery groups in the world, with a large portfolio of beer and other beverage brands. The flagship brand – Carlsberg – is one of the best-known beer brands in the world and the Baltika, Carlsberg and Tuborg brands are among the eight biggest brands in Europe. More than 41,000 people work for the Carlsberg Group, and our products are sold in more than 150 markets. In 2011, the Carlsberg Group sold more than 115 million hectoliters of beer, which is about 34 billion bottles of beer..