What's "hot" in this year's ski
equipment? The bitter cold has
made heated boots and hand warm-
of-state bring the revenue back to
Michigan." The Web sites are among
the top 100 as selected by Internet
ers even more popular," said Erni.
But we also sell the new Tactic cam-
To give his sales staff firsthand
era, mounted in the skier's helmet,
experience, Kopitz takes 30 of them
that allows them to take 'home mov-
ies' of their family simply by aiming
to northern Michigan each year for
a "Test Fest" to test and preview the
their head the right way, instead of
upcoming season's latest innovations
trying to balance a camera and ski
poles in their hands."
in winter sports equipment. More
than 1,000 of their video testimonials
have been posted on the Skis.com
To oversee his skiing enterprises,
Kopitz has an office in Bloomfield
Web site for prospective customers
The "Test Fest" gives Kopitz
Hills with a large staff, dominated by
his wholesale division, which sells
another opportunity to maintain his
personal skiing prowess. He also
mainly to other stores, and the Web
practices while on business trips to
site operation, both managed by
Greg Glickfeld of West Bloomfield.
"Our Internet business has got-
western states with famous ski areas,
and while on an annual men-only ski
trip with a dozen pals.
ten so big that it requires 40 people
alone to design and keep the Web
"And I've come full circle with the
family ski trips. I'm the one who now
sites up to date, send out the
takes the family on ski vacations.
merchandise, and so forth," said
Kopitz. "In fact, the Web sites and
"The trick to keeping my wife and
kids interested in skiing is to make
our wholesale group now comprise
sure they're as warm and comfortable
almost 75 percent of our total busi-
ness. We still help the state's econo-
as possible. A skier can spend any-
where from $300 to $2,000 on attire."
my in this respect because our sales
"For me, there's nothing better
than 18 inches of powder."
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