Killington Welcomes Back Sports Illustrated Kids NextSnow Search Finals March 2-4

By AlpineZone News |
Feb 26 2007 - 01:52 PM

KILLINGTON, Vermont — For the second consecutive year Killington Resort will host the Sports Illustrated KIDS NextSnow SEARCH National Finals March 2-4 at Bear Mountain.

The Sports Illustrated KIDS NextSnow SEARCH is a national series of ski and snowboard competitions in the U.S. and Canada. The goal is to find the 25 best athletes who will be named to the “Sports Illustrated KIDS NextSnow Team,” an All-Star recognition.

“We are extremely excited to host this event once again,” said Allen Wilson, president of Killington Resort. “Last year’s event saw kids from across the country compete at Bear Mountain and once again we’re thrilled to provide a world-class venue for these young athletes to showcase their talents.”

More than 110 boys and girls age 9-13, both skiers and snowboarders, representing more than 60 resorts from across the U.S. and Canada will all compete as one category. Events include: moguls, carving, big mountain riding, halfpipe, slopestyle, rails, racing, and big air. Athletes are required to compete in all events. Style, attitude and sportsmanship are also considered in addition to athletic skill.

“Killington’s Bear Mountain is a perfect venue for the Sports Illustrated KIDS NextSnow SEARCH and we’re stoked to be coming back,” said Jack Turner, creator of the Sports Illustrated KIDS NextSnow SEARCH.

In addition to three days of competition, athletes, their families and spectators will be treated to music, a snow cat parade, and a big air competition complete with a laser show, torchlight parade, on-snow cartoons and fireworks taking place Saturday night at 6 p.m.

Now in its fourth year, the Sports Illustrated KIDS NextSnow SEARCH is the only all-mountain, all equipment, and snow sports championship for kids. Additional information, including a complete schedule of all events is available at www.Next .

The Sports Illustrated KIDS NextSnow SEARCH is the elite element of Snow Monsters?„?, the national ski and snowboard program for kids ( ) hosted at more than 100 U.S. and Canadian ski resorts. It’s an industry-wide effort to promote skiing and snowboarding to kids and their families.

Sports Illustrated KIDS NextSnow SEARCH National Finals Schedule:

Friday, March 2

Noon- 4PM NIKE6.0 SnowSkate Park
10 a.m. Moguls (Wildfire) and Carving events (Wildfire)
1 p.m. Slopestyle (Lower Dream Maker) and SuperPipe

Saturday, March 3

9 a.m. ??“ 5 p.m. NIKE6.0 SnowSkate Park
10 a.m. Big Mountain Challenge (Devil’s Fiddle ??“ Finalists Only)
10 a.m. Kids’ WB Dual Challenge Race (Grizzly) ??“ Non Finalists then Finalists ??“ 2 runs
1 p.m. ??“ 4 p.m. Practice & Qualifier (20 advance to Big Air Finals): Big Air Jump
3 p.m. NIKE6.0 SnowSkate Open
6:00 p.m. BIG AIR, FIRE, & SNOW SHOW

Torchlight Parade
Kids’ WB Legion of Extreme Toons
SnowCat Parade
Big Air Jump
Fireworks Finale
Awards (Big Mountain; Dual Race; Big Air)

Sunday, March 4

10 a.m. SlopeStyle Finals (Lower Dream Maker) and Superpipe Finals
(2 runs per event, per competitor ??“ Finalists only)
10:30 a.m. – Noon Rail Jam Roulette (Rails park at Bear Mountain Base and NIKE6.0 SnowSkate Park)
2 p.m. Awards Ceremony (Bear Mountain Lodge deck)