Slifer Smith & Frampton is extremely proud of our roots in the Vail Valley, and there are plenty of other brands that originated in Vail and are now nationally recognized. Here are a few brands you might be familiar with!
Originating as a brick-and-mortar store in downtown Minturn, Weston Snowboards has become a thriving snowboard and splitboard company, focusing on mostly backcountry boards. In 2016, owners Leo Tsuo and Mason Davey decided to go tiny with their showroom, and built a tiny home on wheels to have more of a presence throughout the Vail Valley and other mountain towns. The tiny showroom is made of mostly recycled and repurposed materials, and the exterior is mostly pine beetle kill. When they are not on the road, the Weston tiny home can be found near their original showroom in Minturn!
If you wander through Lionshead Village and its iconic European-style architecture and friendly walkability, you can’t help but smell something… delicious. This is the aroma of Moe’s Original Bar B Que and their slow smoked meats enticing you to come up for a pulled pork sandwich or fall-off-the-bone ribs. Originating in a double-wide Minturn, Moe’s BBQ is the brain child of 3 University of Alabama alumni who wanted to serve quality Southern food in the mountains. They then converted a hay trailer into a certified BBQ concession trailer, that they set up throughout the Vail Valley. In 2003, they brought their operation to Lionshead Village, where their original restaurant remains today. Moe’s has expanded their locations to 13 states and 1 location in Mexico City.
Starting as a small tap room in Edwards in 2010, Crazy Mountain Brewery was the Vail Valley’s first production brewery. Founders Kevin and Marisa Selvy have grown the business to a taproom in Denver as well as distribution in 22 states and 9 countries around the world. They offer year round styles, along with seasonal and unique small-batch Local’s Stash weekly releases.
Originating in a storage unit in Avon, moving later to Edwards then again back to Avon, Liberty Skis have been perfecting their bamboo-based skis since 2003. The idea came from founders Jim Satloff and Dan Chalfant attending a Snowsports Industry America ski show (SIA) in Las Vegas. After going back to SIA a second year and winning $32,000 at the Mandalay Bay craps table, they were able to produce their first Liberty samples. Now, they have retailers all over the United States, Europe, Japan, Switzerland and more.
A family owned business that started in Vail in 1972, SKEA (a combination of SKI and SEA) is a luxury women’s ski brand that combines fashion with a mountain lifestyle. SKEA’s jackets, clothing and accessories translate easily from the slopes, to apres, to the streets of New York City. Owner and President Diane Boyer was recently inducted into the Snowsports Hall of Fame for her forward-thinking ideas about the ski industry and her passion for giving back to Colorado Snowsports Museum.