Las Vegas (January 10, 2011) -

Las Vegas Ski & Snowboard Resort  <http://www.skilasvegas.com> (LVSSR) invites skiers and boarders to huck, grab and go big in a series of eight contests at the area’s freestyle terrain park, Darkside Park, starting Sunday, Jan. 16, 2011 and running through April.  The contests are open to male and female skiers and riders of all ages and range in format from jam style, where contestants throw down their best tricks and are judged on landing, difficulty and style, to big air and boardercross contests, which focus on jumps and speed.  The entry fee is $25 plus the cost of a lift ticket; season pass holders will pay the entry fee only.  Registration for each event, aside from the DSP After Dark event on January 29, is from 9 to 10 a.m., giving contestants an hour of practice before the contests start at 11 a.m.

Contestants for each event will be divided by gender into two age categories: 15 and under, and 16 and over.  All registered competitors will be eligible to win thousands of dollars worth of prizes, but the top three athletes in each category will be awarded special prizes.

“This season’s Darkside Park events schedule is jam-packed, with more events than in any previous season,” says Curt Sheffield, director of business affairs at LVSSR.  ”The Darkside Park team is working hard to make creative park features that will ensure the contests are fun and challenging for contestants at all levels.  Each event will be unique, and there will be something for everyone.  Local riders may want to consider heading up here for some practice runs before the big day so they can have a chance at winning some great prizes.”

Darkside Park 2011 Event Schedule
January 16: Powder and Sun Throw Down, Chow Down
January 29: Santa Fe Station Casino Presents DSP After Dark
February 6: Tyrant Snowboard’s Thuggin’ on a Box
February 13: MAD Klothing’s Big Air, Ski Vegas Demo Day
February 27: Monster Energy’s Triple Air
March 20: Tyrant Snowboard’s Spring Time Bash Slop Style
March 27: Tyrant Snowboard’s “If you’re not first you’re last” boardercross
April 3: Sin City’s Spring Time Junk Yard Jam

About Las Vegas Ski & Snowboard Resort
Las Vegas Ski & Snowboard Resort (LVSSR) is located approximately one hour from downtown Las Vegas in the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest. Established in 1963, LVSSR offers guests access to 11 trails via three chair lifts and one surface lift. The area features LVSSR’s Ski & Snowboard School, Darkside Terrain Park, a freestyle terrain park for skiers and snowboarders, and off-slope amenities including The Sports Shop, The Big Horn Café and The Bristlecone Lounge. Powdr Corp., a leading mountain resort company, operates LVSSR in partnership with the USDA Forest Service under a special-use permit. Visitors may access LVSSR from the city via the Ski Vegas Ski Bus, a shuttle service operated with the support of the USDA Forest Service and operated by Triple J Tours (CPCN #2032).  For more information, please visit www.skilasvegas.com <http://www.skilasvegas.com>.