Success Award nomination season is here |

Success Award nomination season is here

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EAGLE COUNTY — The Vail Valley Partnership is now accepting nominations for the 11th annual Success Awards, an event celebrating outstanding businesses and individuals in the Vail Valley. Here are the categories for 2014:

• Business of the Year

• Small Business of the Year

• Spirit of the Valley Award

• Young Professional of the Year

• Nonprofit of the Year

• Small Nonprofit of the Year

• Most Uniquely Vail Valley Award

• Best Place to Work

• Health & Wellness Leadership Award

• Hospitality Professional of the Year

• Industry/Merchant Association of the Year

You can nominate your own business and/or colleagues or anyone you think is deserving of the recognition. It’s a great way to acknowledge people in the community for their hard work and a great way to promote their business. Category guidelines and criteria can be found online at http://www.vailvalley

Nominations are due by Nov. 13 at 5 p.m. All nominees will then receive an application to fill out, which must be returned by Nov. 20. Three finalists will be chosen in each category by a nomination committee that consists of last year’s Success Awards winners.

Finalists will be announced in early December and winners will be revealed at the Success Awards gala, set for Jan. 31 at the Vilar Performing Arts Center.

Please send nomination forms to Jennifer Weintraub via email at jweintraub@visitvail


Local snowboard company announces partnership

Barry Clark, founder and president of Weston Snowboards, has announced a new partnership with North Bend, Washington-based Karakoram, a split board hardware developer and manufacturer.

“Karakoram has a strong backcountry following and we like the way that the Karakoram system works,” Clark said. “Karakoram’s system not only helps reduce the chatter inherent in a split board, but also creates a more torsionally rigid split board, which is essential for riding in the backcountry.”

Karakoram’s system uses “active joining technology” to create what the company calls a “stable backcountry system.” The specially designed board clips create enough tension that the split board is attached so tightly that it responds like a solid board when assembled. Karakoram bindings integrate the system and pull the board together even more, creating a high-performing system that is being used by backcountry riders around the world.

“We enjoy working with smaller companies because we’re a small company ourselves,” said Bryce Kloster, co-founder of Karakoram. “That’s the root of who we are. We want to give smaller companies, like Weston, the opportunity to make split boards.”

The true partnership, however, really comes in the soul and passion of the sport that both companies love.

“The smaller businesses are pushing split boards into the industry because that’s what they’re passionate about,” said Kloster. “It’s an emerging market and companies like Weston are the core.”

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