HENNIKER, NH ??вЂќ Pats Peak, New Hampshire’s premier snowsports destination, announces that it will hold a Sports Illustrated For Kids Next Snow SEARCH Event Qualifier on Sunday, January 30, 2005.
The Sports Illustrated For Kids Next Snow SEARCH is a quest to find the neXtreme generation of skiers and snowboarders. It’s an all-mountain, all equipment, all person snowsports competition. It??в„ўs not just a competition – style, attitude, and personality are also factors.
The Pats Peak Next Snow SEARCH Event Qualifier is open to skiers and snowboarders ages 9-13 (born 1991-96). There will be three rounds of events including a NASTAR race, Slopestyle park event & Fun surprise event. Kids can register in advance online at http://www.patspeak.com/nextsnowform.htm or the day of event from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. in the Valley Lodge. Entry Fee is $15 per person plus a Pats Peak Lift Ticket (or season pass).
One recipient will be chosen by the judges to receive a trip to Keystone, Colorado to represent Pats Peak Ski Area at the Next Snow Finals, February 11-13, 2005. Lodging, Lift Ticket and Airfare are included for the winner and one parent. Athletes who have competed in other event qualifiers but were not selected for the trip to Keystone, CO can try again at the Pats Peak Event Qualifier.
The Sports Illustrated for Kids Next Snow SEARCH program was created by Jack Turner, founder of Snow Monsters. The event qualifier at Pats Peak is one of 75 event qualifiers being held at resorts across the United States and Canada. Finalists from the event qualifiers will compete in Keystone, Colorado, on February 11-13, 2005. The top twenty-five contestants from the Keystone event will be named to the 2005 Sports Illustrated for Kids Next Snow Team. NBC Sports will air footage from the Keystone Finals on March 5 from 2-3 pm EST .
Next Snow is for kids ages 9 to 13 and “focuses on the aspirations that most kids want to be rad, cool, or whatever it takes not to look like a little kid,” says Turner in a recent interview in NSAA Journal.
“Snow Monsters and Next Snow programs are a blast of fresh air for the ski industry,” says Kris Blomback, general manager at Pats Peak. “It puts kids in the spotlight and changes the face of competition. Making kids happy is our business, and Snow Monsters and Next Snow will give them a huge boost.” Mount Sunapee and Okemo Mountain are two local ski areas also involved in the program. For more information, www.patspeak.snowmonsters.com.