STOWE, Vermont ??вЂќ Slopestyle originated over a decade ago as a snowboard specific competition heavily influenced by skateboarding. Slopestyle exists today as a contest for both snowboarders and skiers that best represent the contemporary attitude and lifestyle of winter sports.
In its third year, The Stowe Slopestyle Series exemplifies the momentum and excitement of freestyle skiing and snowboarding. Participants and spectators will gather once again in Stowe’s “Tyro” terrain park on January 30 to kick off the first of three events this season. The park features multiple freestyle elements that set a unique course, challenging the skills of each skier and rider. The course includes tabletop jumps, rail-slides, hip-hits and combo features. The contest and judging formats allow participants to display creativity and individual style. Winners in all age and discipline groups receive part of the $3,000 prize purse. The creativity and style aspects of Slopestyle are at the roots of why today’s mountain youth culture is so passionate about skiing and snowboarding.
Sunday’s Stowe Slopestyle Series will feature the “Sports Illustrated For Kids Next X Snow SEARCH,” with a grand prize in the 9-13 year old category. Next X events are taking place at resorts all over the country this winter. One winner from each event is given the opportunity to compete at the Next X finals in Colorado. The finals will be televised on NBC on March 5th from 2-3pm. The Next X finals are the first all-mountain all equipment competition for boys and girls, skiers and snowboarders, and adaptive athletes ages 9-13.
With individualism and self-expression being the driving forces behind today’s skiing and riding movements, Slopestyle is a great departure from the traditionally ridged disciplines of alpine sport. Registration for the January 30 event will take place in the Den of Mansfield base lodge from 8-10am, Slopestyle begins at 11am.