The National Floorcovering Alliance (NFA) has gathered this week in Whistler, B.C., for the buying group’s spring conference. Here, 42 flooring dealers are coming together as leaders in their markets to network, discuss best practices and pressing issues currently effecting the independent retailer, and to meet one-on-one with vendor partners.

Located in the Coast Mountains of British Columbia, Whistler is a winter wonderland known for its beauty, culture and winter sports. Serving as a venue to the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics, Whistler’s winter sports and activities are top-ranking, and NFA members seized the opportunity to experience a select few. From dog sledding and snowmobiling to skiing, zip lining and bobsledding, members spent a day of fun in the sun and snow.

Up next, members and vendors will spend a day connecting and discussing new partnership opportunities, including digital, merchandising and product strategies. In a round-robin format, each member and vendor will have a chance to spend 18 minutes together, making this a valuable and beneficial part of the convention for all.