Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Noah Should Have Been a Skier

Black Diamond - solid skiing, climbing and mountaineering gear
This past Thursday was the beginning of the 2006-2007 ski season as the 13th Annual Utah Avalanche Center fundraiser party got under way. The season literally got under way with rain of biblical proportions kicking things off. Little would we realize at the time that many of the faithful powder-hounds would be skiing powder over the next week thanks to the this storm and the few to follow.

Some sought shelter under the Black Diamond roof but most milled about in the parking lot in a sea of Gore-Tex. The rain didn't detour people's enthusiasm to participate in the silent auction which combined with door proceeds exceeded $33,000. Backcountry.com was stoked to provide over $1000 worth of product for the silent auction and raffle.

Of the event Colleen Graham Nipkow, Black Diamond'’s Senior Marketing Manager and President of the Friends of the Utah Avalanche Center, commented:
"The skiers and riders in the Wasatch Range truly took ownership of the Utah Avalanche Center when Federal funding cuts threatened its sustainability. It is the generosity and community-mindedness of local backcountry users that allows everyone to enjoy and explore the Wasatch Range safely. Black Diamond is honored to serve as a venue for this important and inspirational event.

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