Sierra Designs picks final winner in A Year of Adventure Sweepstakes

Chris Hanrahan wins the Heli Ski Alaska prize, heads for remote peaks and untracked snow in the ultimate backcountry skiing experience

Chris Hanrahan wins the Heli Ski Alaska prize, heads for remote peaks 

and untracked snow in the ultimate backcountry skiing experience

BOULDER, COLO. (For Immediate Release) – Sierra Designs and Alaska Mountain Guides have selected Chris Hanrahan as the third and final winner in the co-sponsored ‘A Year of Adventure’ sweepstakes. Chris and a guest will be flown to Alaska for a week of skiing untracked lines on remote, helicopter-accessed peaks, courtesy of Sierra Designs and Alaska Mountain Guides.

 The Heli Ski Alaska trip is the final of three trips to be given away by Sierra Designs and Alaska Mountain Guides in the ‘A Year of Adventure’ sweepstakes. With the third winner selected, the ‘A Year of Adventure’ officially comes to a close, wrapping up an extremely successful consumer sweepstakes.

 "We are excited for Chris and glad we are able to send him on such an incredible trip," said Sue Timbo, Marketing Director with Sierra Designs. "This sweepstakes was very popular, drawing a wide variety of entries from every corner of the US. A big thanks to our long-time sweepstakes partner Alaska Mountain Guides for helping us host and promote these adventures."

Launched in April 2011, the ‘A Year of Adventure’ consumer sweepstakes gave contestants a unique opportunity to win one of three incredible prizes, including a mountaineering trip to Ecuador, a trek to Everest Base Camp, and heli skiing in the Alaska backcountry. All guiding services are provided by Alaska Mountain Guides (AMG) while gear and apparel was supplied by Sierra Designs.

 A once in a lifetime opportunity, the Heli Ski Alaska adventure will give Chris and a guest the chance to float through untracked powder on seldom-skied peaks in the Alaska backcountry. Both Chris and his guest will be outfitted with Sierra Designs Ministry 40 packs, Gnar down jackets, Prima Fusion jackets, and pants.

Ryan Schanno, the winner in our Mountaineering in Ecuador sweepstakes, is scheduled to spend over two weeks learning mountaineering skills and experiencing the diverse culture of Ecuador this fall. Both Ryan and his guest received an equipment prize pack including Arrow Rock 15 sleeping bags, Revival 65 packs, Mantra Fusion Jackets and an SD Mountain Meteor 3 tent.

Emily Stimpson, the winner in our Everest Base Camp sweepstakes, will spend three weeks trekking through Nepal with one lucky guest. Incredible scenery, legendary Sherpa hospitality, and a night at Everest Base Camp await. Both Emily Stimpsonand guest will be outfitted with an equipment prize pack including an SD Convert 3 tent, Revival 50 packs, all-mountain Rad jackets, and ultralight Jive jackets.

A big thanks to all who entered and please stay tuned for the next big sweepstakes from Sierra Designs and Alaska Mountain Guides.

About Sierra Designs

Founded in 1965, at the beginning of the golden age of backpacking and climbing, Sierra Designs is one of the original brands for the eco-conscious outdoor enthusiast. We have always had a passion to protect where we play, and our tents, sleeping bags, and apparel have been to every corner of the world, from the highest peaks in Tibet to your local greenway around the corner. We model and design our products for high performance adventurers, but make it attainable for you. Sierra Designs’ gear and apparel fits in with your daily life, no matter where it takes you. Visit us online at or see us on Facebook.

About Alaska Mountain Guides

For 20 years, Alaska Mountain Guides and Climbing School Inc (AMG) has been the premier adventure guide service and climbing school in Alaska. Programs include, exceptional climbing, trekking, skiing, and sea kayaking adventures that visit some of Alaska’s and the Yukon’s most unique and intriguing places. Leading remote wilderness expeditions and treks is our specialty and we employ the best guides and instructors in the business. They are exceptional at helping individuals to learn the best ways to approach a first glacier trek, an initial kayaking trip, or excel on more advanced expeditions. In addition to these programs we also work closely with the International Wilderness Leadership School (IWLS) and Mountain Guides International Inc. (MGI)