Tailgate Alaska is proud to announce our first collaboration snowboard with American snowboard manufacturer Never Summer Industries. The limited edition snowboard will be designed to perform in the most challenging mountains on the planet – Alaska’s Chugach Range.

While Tailgate Alaska has always relied on the artwork of renowned artist Oscar Woodruff, this time we are doing something different. We are asking fans of Tailgate Alaska to design the board that will be ridden at this year’s seventh annual Tailgate Alaska event.

According to event founder Mark Sullivan, “We asked our fans on Facebook about some initial graphic concepts and they had a ton of awesome ideas – so we decided to turn over the design of the board over to them.”

Graphics can be submitted from now until November 2nd, when the field will be narrowed to the top 3 graphics for final voting. The finalists will be chosen by popular support on Facebook – meaning the graphics with the most likes and positive comments will move into the voting round which will be decided on November 9th, 2013.

The winner of the Tailgate Alaska X Never Summer Graphic Contest will get one of the limited edition boards and a ticket to Tailgate Alaska.. Email mark@tailgatealaska.com for more information on the contest or to get templates and graphic elements to complete the board design. All entries must be able to produce their graphic in high resolution format for reproduction. The contest can be followed on facebook at http://facebook.com/tailgateak

Tailgate Alaska will return to Thompson Pass next season from March 28 – April 6, 2013 for its seventh straight year. The event brings together dedicated recreational riders, professional athletes and the industry to ride the world’s best mountains and deepest snow.

Typically, tickets to the annual event sell out months in advance – last year, tickets sold out in the first week of December for the annual gathering of hard core backcountry participants.

Among other benefits, Tailgate Alaska offers multiple on-site rescue teams and free daily snow science classes. This year Tailgate Alaska will add nightly seminars given by industry veterans and snow safety experts, who will share their experience with participants of the event.

Tailgate Alaska tickets go on sale Monday October 14, 2013.