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SOS kicks off 10th season

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Online registration for the SOS Outreach Snowboard Series is now available.The 15-event United States of America Snowboarding Association (USASA) series is the largest snowboarding series in the Rocky Mountains. Events will take place in Vail, Beaver Creek, Keystone, Breckenridge and Steamboat Springs.Boarders can compete in slalom, giant-slalom, halfpipe, slopestyle and snowboard-ross events. Skiers can also compete in halfpipe and slopestyle events.The SOS Outreach Series begins Dec. 21, in Steamboat Springs at Howelson Hill with a giant slalom and the slalom. Competitors can register online at http://www.sosoutreach.org or register the morning of the event.There is a $25 competition fee, and a one-time annual USASA membership fee of $50. One-day lift tickets will be available for those competitors without season passes for $10 at Howelson Hill.The events are held to raise money for SOS’s programs serving youth with risk factors in their lives.SOS is now in its 10th season, having taughtmore than 5,000 under-served youth to snowboard at 26 ski resorts nation-wide. Competition winners will be on their way to qualifying for the USASA Nationals at Angel Fire, N.M., March 21-27, 2004.Josh Malay, pro-rider. said, “I’m stoked on these comps, I got my start through the SOS Outreach Series.”The SOS Outreach Series is sponsored by Vail and Summit Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, Slifer Smith & Frampton Real Estate, VailDaily/VailAlive, SummitDaily/SummitAlive, One Track Mind, Optic Nerve, Ride Snowboards, Redline Entertainment, Gay and Lesbian Fund for Colorado, Krystal93, KZYR, Krystal93, TV8, Unity Snowboards, Vail Athletic Club, Tiga Advertising, Wahoo’s Fish Tacos and Atomic.For more information on the SOS Outreach Series or the Snowboard Outreach Society, contact Andy Poole at 970-845-7040 or go online to http://www.sosoutreach.org/.Series Schedule:Sunday, Dec. 21 Giant slalom and slalom at Steamboat-HowelsonSaturday, Jan. 1 Giant slalom and slalom at KeystoneSaturday Jan. 10 Snowboard Cross at Beaver Creek Sunday, Jan. 11 Snowboard Cross Beaver CreekSaturday, Jan. 31 Halfpipe at Steamboat SpringsSunday, Feb. 1 Slopestyle at Steamboat SpringsSaturday, Feb. 7 Slopestyle at VailSunday, Feb. 8 Slopestyle VailSaturday, Feb. 21 Halfpipe VailSunday, Feb. 22 Giant slalom and slalom at Beaver CreekSaturday, Feb. 28 Slopestyle at BreckenridgeSunday, Feb. 29 Halfpipe Breckenridge