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COVID-19: A Letter from 686 Founder Michael Akira West

Subject: The Simple Things Do Matter Attn: The 686 Community Hello Everyone,  I hope you’re doing well despite the ever-changing landscape of today. COVID-19 is real and we’re all dealing with it our own ways. Our position at 686 is to continually move forward in best practices with the mindset that our community comes first.  Running an independent small business for the past 28 years has taught us to continually persevere in the most interesting times. This determination to do good and help others is at the top of our list. We are striving to create safety not only physically by distancing ourselves, but also through online safe spaces for our community to discuss their thoughts, emotions and feelings and uplift...

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686 x Woodward Copper Recap with Patrick McCarthy

Woodward Copper is a paradise high in the Rocky Mountains for board sport enthusiasts. Every year, the Copper Mountain crew consistently puts together one of the best summer parks on the planet with a number of on- and off-hill activities to satisfy just about anyone. From the alpine slides, go-kart track, skatepark, and trampoline barn training facility, Copper has just about everything an athlete needs to progress in his or her abilities. This year enrollment was way up with many eager campers rolling through the program. This yearly pilgrimage for me is a way to connect with the kids and relive my days as a camper myself. The Woodward Copper Park consists of 3 sections: a triple line that goes into a...

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BTBounds Chile Recap with Mary Walsh

Words: 686 Women's Program Manager, Mary Walsh Summer is in full swing in July: hot days spent surfing, evenings grilling and chilling with friends, weekend camping trips, hikes on forested trails. The sunny season has plenty to love about it, but even when enjoying all the spoils of summertime, we still daydream of fresh snow and all-day resort laps. In pursuit of the best of both worlds, Beyond the Boundaries Women’s Snowboard Camp partners with Steep-N-Deep Powder Tours every year on a summer snowboarding adventure in Chile. The week-long trip has been a staple in the BTBounds calendar for the past four years, offering a unique dip into winter in the middle of July. Even in the midst of winter, Chile’s climate...

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Why You Should Keep Your Season Pass Next Season.

Words: Staff Photographer, Erik Hoffman Everyone raves about the backcountry and how they hiked this or skied that...blah blah blah. On your next ski trip just take a look from your local ski resort’s summit or any number of resort summits on your monster multi-mountain ski pass. Simply put, the backcountry is a lift-less wasteland. I mean if you don't own a snowmobile or a helicopter you're going to have to walk everywhere. You think I'm kidding right? It feels like sometimes I can barely carbo-load with enough 10 dollar beers from the bar to walk back to the gondola. Those who praise it are usually just your try-hard buddy with a Bear Grylls complex. Don’t listen to that guy. “It’s...

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Our Redefined Social Responsibility Program: An Interview with Arthur Cortez

At 686 we want to be more than just a brand. We want to help make a difference in our community and inspire our employees to do the same. This year, we created a new service-based program to inspire our crew to give back to their local communities. We are starting with our local home in South Central Los Angeles. We've set a company goal to complete a minimum of 120 cumulative volunteer hours together, with hopes to surpass and grow that number in the future. 686 will be donating work hours, meaning that the company will be paying employees during the hours required to reach our goals.  We caught up with our Credit Manager, Arthur Cortez - who spearheaded...

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