Las Vegas (January 21, 2011)—Las Vegas Ski & Snowboard Resort (LVSSR) welcomed over 50 skiers and snowboarders from four states to the Powder and Sun Throw Down, Chow Down on Sunday, Jan. 16, 2011. The event marks the first time that contest participants included out-of-state skiers and riders from Arizona, California and Utah. The contest is the first of eight events to be held this season at Darkside Park, LVSSR’s popular all-terrain park.
Clifford Whetstone was the big winner of the day, placing first in the 16-and-over men’s snowboarding category. Whetstone took home a Ride snowboard and $100 cash for landing the contest’s best trick. Vinnie Fava also won a Ride snowboard for placing first in the 15-and-under boys snowboarding category. Tyler Berlinger and Beverly White dominated the slopes and took first place in the skiing and ladies category. All riders who placed won a prize pack filled with products from event sponsors including Powder and Sun, among others.
“We are very pleased with the turnout and were impressed with the stamina and talent we saw in all of the contestants,” says Keith Pfahler, LVSSR special event coordinator. “Many of the snowboarders who competed are sponsored athletes, and that type of high-caliber athlete is so inspiring to watch. They show the younger competitors what’s possible to achieve.” Pfahler noted that the younger competitors were equally impressive. “We were blown away by some of the kids who had never competed before and went out and gave it their all. We have some amazing talent in Las Vegas and we’re excited to watch these kids evolve over the next set of contests.”
LVSSR also gave it their all to be sure that constants and participants enjoyed the event.
“Being that this is our first year hosting this event, we wanted to make sure it was a huge success,” says Curt Sheffield, director of business affairs. “The Darkside Park Team spent about 100 hours preparing, which includes grooming trails and hand-shaping the park to create interesting and challenging features for contestants. We want to thank all of the riders for coming out, and we encourage them to come back for more at the upcoming events we have this season.”
Darkside Park 2011 Event Schedule
January 29: Darkside Park Get's Lit Up!
February 6: Tyrant Snowboard's Thuggin’ on a Bo
February 13: MAD Klothing's Big Air, Ski Vegas Demo Day
February 27: Monster Energy's Triple Air
March 20: Tyrant Snowboard's Spring Time Bash Slop Style
March 27: Tyrant Snowboard's “If you're not first you're last” boardercross
April 3: Sin City's Spring Time Junk Yard Jam
About Las Vegas Ski & Snowboard Resort
Las Vegas Ski & Snowboard Resort (LVSSR) is located approximately one hour from downtown Las Vegas in the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest. Established in 1963, LVSSR offers guests access to 11 trails via three chair lifts and one surface lift. The area features LVSSR’s Ski & Snowboard School, Darkside Terrain Park, a freestyle terrain park for skiers and snowboarders, and off-slope amenities including The Sports Shop, The Big Horn Café and The Bristlecone Lounge. Powdr Corp., a leading mountain resort company, operates LVSSR in partnership with the USDA Forest Service under a special-use permit. Visitors may access LVSSR from the city via the Ski Vegas Ski Bus, a shuttle service operated with the support of the USDA Forest Service and operated by Triple J Tours (CPCN #2032). For more information, please visit www.skilasvegas.com.
About Powdr Corp.
Powdr Corp., based in Park City, Utah, owns and operates eight resorts, including Park City Mountain Resort; Las Vegas Ski & Snowboard Resort in Las Vegas, Nev.; Killington Mountain Resort and Pico Resort in Killington, Vt.; Mt. Bachelor in Bend, Ore.; Boreal Resort and Soda Springs Resort, both at Donner Summit, Calif.; and Copper Mountain in Colorado.