Welcome to the National Ski & Snowboard Retailers Association! 
NSSRA, founded in 1987, represents specialty snowsports retailers, and advocates on
their behalf on issues affecting their businesses. Each year, NSSRA holds its membership
meeting and a meeting of the Board of Directors at the SIA Snow Show. All specialty
snowsports retailers are welcome to attend.

National Ski & Snowboard Retailers Association
1601 Feehanville Drive, #300
Mount Prospect, IL 60056
Toll free: (888) 257-1168
Fax: (847) 391-9827

Larry Weindruch, President

Latest News

Plan To Attend the NSSRA Annual Meeting Jan. 30, 2014 at the SIA Show in Denver

Please join us at the NSSRA Annual Meeting, which will take place in Room 207 at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014, the first day of the SIA Snow Show in Denver, in the Colorado Convention Center.  Refreshments will be served after the meeting. Please enter the date and time in your planner or smartphone and be part of the dialogue on the issues important to your success in the snowsports industry. If you are unable to attend the Annual Meeting, visit NSSRA at Booth #2814.

NSSRA Presents Inventory Management Webinars

As part of the exclusive master membership agreement between NSSRA and the National Sporting Goods Association (NSGA), all NSSRA members are eligible to view two special webinars on inventory management created by NSGA for retailers. These webinars were presented by retailing expert and author Tom Shay. Use your new member login to view them on the NSGA Learning Center. If you did not save the notice with your new login, please re-open your most recent NSSRA newsletter, which was sent via email earlier this month. The new login/membership number appears at the top. Or, you can contact NSSRA President Larry Weindruch, lweindruch@nssra.com, or call: (847) 391-9825. The webinars are also available for $295 to non-members. If you're interested in purchasing the webinars, please contact Larry Weindruch.

NSSRA Board Re-Elects Officers and Two New Directors

MOUNT PROSPECT, IL – The NSSRA Board of Directors is pleased to announce that its officers have been re-elected for a two-year term, which began August 1.

The officers are:

Chairman – Brad Nelson, Hi Tempo Ski, Board & Sail, White Bear Lake, Minn.
Vice-Chair – Lori Underwood, Peter Glenn, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
Treasurer – Greg Dekdebrun, Dekdebrun’s Ski & Snowboard, Ellicottville, N.Y.
Immediate Past Chairman – Paul Prutzman, Pinnacle Sports, Inc., Reading, Pa.

The Board also elected Tracy Gibbons, Sturtevant’s, Bellevue, Wash., to a two-year term, replacing Larry Abelman, Okemo Mountain Resort, who retired, and Tom Fuerst, Pedigree Ski Shop, White Plains, N.Y., to a two-year term replacing John Hanson, Ski Chalet, Portland, Ore.

“I am honored to be re-elected to lead NSSRA during a very challenging time for specialty snowsports retailers and the industry as a whole,” Nelson said. “There is no question that we as an industry need to grow participation in snowsports. We also need to create a way of doing business that addresses the unique needs of specialty snowsports retailers.

“Those are the challenges that NSSRA is addressing. We need the support of all specialty snowsports retailers in order to affect change that benefits everyone in our great industry,” Nelson added.

The following Directors continue to serve on the NSSRA Board:

Todd Brewer, Hoigaard’s, Inc., St. Louis Park, Minn.;

Tom Gately
Snowsports Merchandising Corp. (SMC), Springfield, Mass.;
Larry Merkel, Round House Sports Center, Inc., Bozeman, Mont.;
Alan Newman, Alpine BoardSports, Scottsdale, Ariz.;
Wilbur Rice, Equipe Sport, Rawsonville, Vt.;
Steve Rogers, Sports Specialists Ltd. (SSL), Victor, N.Y.; and
Dale Schaefer, Aurora Action Sports, East Aurora, N.Y. 

NSSRA Cost of Doing Business Survey Is Available

This financial benchmarking report was sent to all NSSRA retail members via email as a PDF attachment. If you did not receive your copy, please check your email filtering software or your quarantine folder. If is not there, please email NSSRA President Larry Weindruch, lweindruch@nssra.com, and he will re-send the report.

If you are not a member of NSSRA, you may order the report by requesting an NSSRA research order form. Cost of the report for non-members is $190.00.

NSSRA Recognizes and Thanks These Supporting Members

3M Trade Show Management Services

Aegis Insurance Markets

Alpina Sports

Amer Sports

Boa Technology, Inc.

Dalbello Sports

Descente North America, Inc.

Dryguy, LLC

Dynacraft BSC, Inc.

Fischer Skis US

Horizon Agency, Inc.

Hotronic USA, Inc.

K2 Sports

Leatherman Tool Group, Inc.

Leisure Trends Group

Leki USA

Marker-Volkl USA

Newberry Knitting

Nils, Inc.

Nordica USA


Polartec, LLC



Smart Etailing

Smith Optics

Snowsports Industries America (SIA)

Sports Accessories/America (SAA)

Tecnica Group USA

Turtle Fur Group

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