Colorado welcomes outdoor trade show with signals on climate

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Colorado welcomes outdoor trade show with signals on climate
Snowboards are on display at the Mervin Made booth at the opening of the Outdoor Retailers and Snow Show in the Colorado Convention Center, Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018, in Denver. Three floors of all the latest products for outdoor use makes the event the largest U.S. trade show for the outdoor and winter sports industries that represent $887 billion in sales. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

DENVER (AP) — Colorado is welcoming this year’s Outdoor Retailer and Snow Show, a multimillion-dollar gathering of outdoor industry brands and retailers.

The show debuted Thursday in Denver after a high-profile departure from its longtime home in Salt Lake City in a dispute over preserving public lands.

Organizers have criticized President Donald Trump’s decision to drastically shrink two national monuments in Utah. Some Utah political leaders backed that move.

Outdoor industry leaders insist that preserving public lands is vital to their trade.