SOS Outreach Series hits Vail |

SOS Outreach Series hits Vail

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VAIL – The United States largest amateur snowboard series – the SOS Outreach Series – continues Sunday in Vail with a halfpipe competition on Golden Peak. Sunday’s event represents one of the 17 competitions in this year’s series, which is accredited by the United States of America Snowboarding Association (USASA). The series also makes stops at Beaver Creek, Keystone, Breckenridge and Steamboat Springs.Competitors can register online at or register Sunday morning at the Golden Peak Grill from 8-9:30 a.m. There is a $25 competition fee, and a one-time annual USASA membership fee of $60. One-day lift tickets will be available for competitors without season passes for $35.Competition winners qualify for the USASA Nationals at Copper Mountain April 2-9. The events are held to raise money for SOS’s programs serving youth with risk factors in their lives. In its 11 years of operation, SOS has taught more than 10,000 under-served youth core values through the sport of snowboarding. SOS’s programs run at 26 ski resorts nationwide.For more information on the SOS Outreach Series or the Snowboard Outreach Society, contact Katie Brauer at 970-845-7040 or go online to

The Rocky Mountain Snowboard Tour kicks off this Saturday at Beaver Creek with the “Tweak at the Creek” halfpipe event.The tour, which is accredited by United States Ski and Snowboard Association, has six events this year and is used as a criterion to select Colorado snowboarders for the Colorado Development and Colorado Gold Teams. The tour is also a criterion for U.S. Snowboarding Projekt Gold Development Camps.This weekend’s event offers up more than $1,500 in cash and prizes. Competitor divisions for men and women are 12 and under, 13/14 year-olds, and an open age group category.”The tour was set up to give Colorado’s best young riders the chance to compete against each other on a regular schedule,” Ski and Snowboard Club Vail snowboard director Ben Boyd said. “It helps provide them another stepping stone as they progress toward things like the Evolution Tour, Grand Prix events and FIS events.”We are very lucky here in Colorado to have some of the best coaching programs and riders in the country, so this just helps the state of Colorado produce more world-class athletes.”Vail, Colorado

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