Black Diamond Welcomes the Big LePowSki to North America

Black Diamond Equipment Ltd. will host North America’s first ever “Big LePowSki” ski extravaganza from February 26-28 in Salt Lake City.

Black Diamond Equipment Ltd., a global leader in climbing, skiing and backcountry gear, will host North America's first ever “Big LePowSki” ski extravaganza from February 26-28 in Salt Lake City. A ski festival - all about the down - the Big LePowSki begins Thursday night with a backcountry film festival and culminates Saturday with ski clinics and a party supporting the Billy Poole Fund.

“With the dynamic growth of freeride skiing, the Big LePowSki weekend meets the needs of a new breed of skier and rider," comments Colleen Nipkow, Black Diamond's Big LePowSki organizer. "The LePowSki appeals to all levels of snowriders combining access to athletes with instructional workshops, film and music all rolled together with the common baseline of having fun sliding on snow."

The event kicks off 7pm Thursday night, February 26, with the Backcountry Film Festival at Brewvies in Salt Lake City, sponsored by the Winter Wildlands Alliance. Mandatory pre-registration and athlete social is set for 6pm Friday night at the Black Diamond retail store.

Athletes in attendance include: Sage Cattabriga-Alosa, John Griber, Chris Davenport, Andrew Mc Lean, Jen Berg, Brett Crabtree, Neil Provo, Hilaree Nelson O'Neill, Callum Pettit, Julian Carr, Andy Jacobsen and more. Athlete ski clinics will take place on Saturday from 9am-4pm at Brighton Resort. The weekend wraps up with the Big LePowSki party in support of the Billy Poole Fund from 9pm-1am Saturday night at the Woodshed Bar & Grill.

Black Diamond's Big LePowSki is presented by along with Brighton Resort, Winter Wildlands Alliance, The North Face, Discrete, Smith Optics and Liberty Mountain.

For more information on the inaugural, Black Diamond “Big LePowSki” event, go to: .

Winner of the Outside magazine 2008 Gear of the Year for the Bandit AvaLung pack, Black Diamond Equipment Ltd. is an employee-owned manufacturer of equipment for rock climbing, alpinism and freeride skiing. By consistently building innovative, standard-setting products and actively preserving the mountain environment, Black Diamond has assumed a leadership role in the international outdoor community. For more information on Black Diamond visit