Celebrate Utah’s mountain culture at the Vamoose Rendezvous
By Claire McArthur
Outdoor enthusiasts rejoice: The semiannual festival known as Rendezvous is hitting Salt Lake City in September—with an epic lineup of gear and apparel brands, retailers, athletes, film premieres, speakers, food trucks and breweries—all to celebrate the best parts of the mountain culture lifestyle.
On Sept. 28, take the whole family to The Gateway (400 W. 100 South, SLC, 801-456-0000, ShopTheGateway.com) from 2 to 8 p.m. for an afternoon celebrating snowsports and the approach of winter. The free event features a vendor village with top local and national brands showcasing the latest gear and apparel.
“You can get your eyes on the newest gear before they hit the stores and engage with brands, and their riders, from around the world,” says Kyle Kennedy, director of sales and events for Vamoose Utah, the publication behind the event. “For example, Weston Snowboards will be doing splitboard demos, showing participants how the board transfers from ‘ride’ to ‘climb’ mode. Spliting the board to skis and applying skins allows riders to climb terrian without a lift.”
Burton Snowboards, Milosport, Black Diamond, 686, Nitro Snowboards, Salomon Snowboards, Dang Shades and Dragon Alliance are just a handful of the brands with booths at the event.
“We get to show our brand alongside other brands who also have a focus on making our adventures in the great outdoors amazing,” says Anthony Clark, regional sales manager at Dragon Alliance, which makes innovative eyewear and accessories.
“We love introducing our brand to new consumers.”
Attendees can enter contests and be eligible for prizes and giveaways, plus they can purchase food and drink from an array of breweries, distilleries and food trucks.
Utah Avalanche Center is hosting a “Know Before You Go” snow-safety talk to prepare riders for backcountry adventures, while Salt Lake City photographer Bob Plumb is presenting his photo series from a recent snowboarding trip above Annapurna Base Camp in the Himalayas in north-central Nepal. A locals-only photography exhibit will also be on display.
After the sun sets, check out the North American premiere of Offline, a Nitro Snowboards movie offering an escape from the hectic online world we live in through good old-fashioned snowboarding. You can also catch the world premiere of pro-snowboarder Bode Merrill’s latest film, Contrast.
Protect Our Winters will host a climate-change panel discussion that will be recorded and streamed via pro-snowboarder Griffin Siebert’s podcast, The BootPack Show.
“We have a really amazing panel to answer questions, from professional athletes and Olympians to scientists,” Kennedy says.
Woodward Park City is the presenting sponsor for the fall Rendezvous. As a youth-inspired community, Woodward has created a 66,000-square-foot indoor and outdoor action sports facility for athletes ranging from beginners to professionals.
“At Woodward, we strive to stoke the passions of the most passionate people,” says Tucker Norred, senior marketing manager at Woodward Park City. “Rendezvous is an event to bring out your inner kid while finding your new favorite activities.”
Look for the action at the north end of the Gateway on North Rio Grande Street. Park on the street or in Gateway’s convenient parking garage.
Sept. 28, 2-8 p.m.
The Gateway, 400 W. 100 South, SLC
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Or phone: 801-575-7003