For over 40 years now, the Callaghan Crew and several of the original ‘Journeymen’ of Journeyman Lodge have worked tirelessly towards the company vision: ‘to be known as a world-class mountain adventure wilderness destination for cross country skiing, backcountry skiing, telemark skiing, and self-propelled four-season recreation of every kind.’
The transition in ownership to evo supports the next phase of cultivating this vision and we are confident that these are the winds of change we’ve been preparing for all these years.
Brad Sills, Co-Founder & President of CCWA, shares: “It is with mixed feelings that we step aside and allow new energy to once again fuel this project. To all of our most valued customers, Rest assured, I have always admired your enthusiasm for this most challenging product. Witnessing you out on the Upper Valley trails is what kept me going year after year. Thank you so much for appreciating what has been so dear to the Callaghan Team for the last 41 years.”
Founder and CEO of evo, Bryce Phillips, says: “I’m personally very grateful to have this opportunity to carry the torch forward as we look to establish Journeyman as a centerpiece for the community in the Sea to Sky and beyond. When I moved to Whistler in 1997, had someone told me that one day we’d be in a position to work with Brad and his team to continue their vision, I would not have believed it.”
When it comes to passing the torch, we truly believe that evo shares our vision and we have much respect for both their core values and diversity, equity, and inclusion commitments. Plus, evo is immersed within the Whistler community with five storefront locations throughout the village and also through their financial support of local non-profit organizations and charitable on the ground work.
evo will take over operations of Journeyman Lodge on October 5th, 2021. Christian Begin, ski-industry veteran and co-founder of Bella Coola Heli Sports in BC, will serve in the position of General Manager. Brad will work closely with Christian and the evo team in the transition of ownership and operations of Callaghan Country and its legacy, offering his invaluable insights, knowledge, and experience on this next chapter of the CCWA journey.
Learn more and read the press release from evo here.
evo is an outdoor company whose purpose is to make life better by building community and igniting the adventurous spirit that lives within us all. evo is focused on providing unique experiences and it’s also committed to supporting non-profit organizations dedicated to getting underserved kids outdoors.
evo currently operates 8 stores in the U.S. and Canada, with several new locations set to open soon. Featuring art galleries and event spaces, evo stores serve as welcoming places for the outdoor community to gather. evo stores and evo.com carry a wide range of premium gear for skiing, snowboarding, surfing, mountain biking, camping, wakeboarding, and skateboarding.
In addition, evo offers lodging, trips and experiences centered on sport, culture, the outdoors, and human connection. evoTrip, the company’s adventure-travel service, offers more than 60 trips to destinations around the world. evo also runs an indoor skatepark, called All Together Skatepark, in Seattle.
In partnership with a group of complementary businesses, evo will open a 100,000 square foot campus in Salt Lake City, Utah this winter. Campus Salt Lake will include an evo store, evo Hotel, All Together Skatepark, Salt Lake Bouldering Project, Level 9 Sports, restaurant and more.
To learn more about evo, please visit evo.com.