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Durango, CO (December 11, 2008)
This winter Pine Needle Mountaineering, a Grassroots Outdoor Alliance member, opened a new location at the Purgatory Lodge, Durango Mountain Resort. The store was opened at the Resort to bring a full scale offering of ski gear and apparel to the mountain.
Roush had this to say about the venture â€œAs far as I can determine, this is the first “on mountain” Telemark and Alpine Touring shop in the West, so it’s a bit of an experiment.â€ â€œWe are offering top gear, as well as excellent knowledge and training to the ski community coming to the mountain.â€ Roush also sees the venture as an opportunity to leverage the resources at the mountain for avalanche training. Keith is an instrumental Board Member for the Center for Snow and Avalanche Studies based in Silverton, CO as well as a seasoned Search & Rescue veteran.
In addition to Tele, Alpine Touring and Freeride rentals and demos, the shop will have maps, avalanche info and Pine Needle’s usual selection of outdoor gear and apparel represented by Patagonia, Mountain Hardwear, Smartwool, The North Face, RAB, Cloudveil, Black Diamond, K2, Scarpa, Garmont, Volkl, Marker, Trab, Rossignol, Hestra, and Smith.
In conjunction with Southwest Adventure Guides, Pine Needle North will be offering 1/2 day and full day Intro to Backcountry Skiing trips, avalanche beacon practice in the DMR/BCA beacon park, avalanche intro classes as well as hut-based backcountry ski trips and AIRE avalanche classes.
Pine Needle Mountaineering brings a strong retail background to the mountain with over 32 years of experience, and was named to Outdoor Business Magazine’s Top 25 Specialty Retailers again for 2008.
Pine Needle Mountaineering has been Durango’s premier climbing, camping, hiking, and ski shop since 1976. Located in the heart of the San Juan Mountain Range in Colorado, our expert staff is dialed-in, and eager to provide the most up-to-date information about the activities we love. We are conveniently located in the Mall on Main Ave in Durango and at the Purgatory Lodge, Durango Mountain Resort. http://www.pineneedle.com
Grassroots Outdoor Alliance unites independent outdoor retailers as a strong voice to protect and promote the experience of outdoor enthusiasts across the United States. http://www.Grassrootsoutdoors.com