This episode is with Bob Woodward. Bob has had a first row seat witnessing the growth and development of the Ski and Outdoor Industries. In this episode he tells how he got interested in the Outdoors and we talk about his nordic career, the Poly Party Days at SIA and a much more.
Grew up near the woods and backcountry in California and Colorado and always had an interest in the Outdoors.
first exposure to the outdoors
Bob’s first exposure to the outdoor biz was his job with Sierra Designs in Berkeley in 1970.
Played in the woods, and walked to school in the woods
first ski adventure was with his uncle
Things we talked about
Began his writing/freelance career with Nordic World
SNEWS started by Bob Woodward and Ted Eugenis in 1984 and sold it to Michael Hogdson and Therese Iknoian
Jack Gilbert, Bill Werlin and Bill Sterling started a winter version of OR
Ski business is pricing a lot of people out of the market
The Outdoor business is overhyped
“used on everest” most overwrought phrase in the outdoor biz
writing historical stuff for Skiing History and 1859
Mayor of Bend from 1997 to 1999
stay active everyday, bike or skis and hits the gym daily
still mountain biking and skiing
Suggestions for people wanting to get in the biz
still sees plenty of opportunities for folks wanting to get in the biz
The House that George built by Wilfrid Sheed
Best Outdoor Gear Purchase Under $100
small camera bags, used them for everything
Bob on Facebook
Bob via email: firstname.lastname@example.org