Ludicris Plays Snowed Out at Breckenridge

Breckenridge Resort will play host to the first Snowed Out festival April 5-7, 2002. The three-day all-star weekend will celebrate hip-hop, snowboarding and the fusion of these two cultures. Headlined by an intimate concert with rapper Ludacris and a pro halfpipe jam expected to include such notables as Danny Kass, J.J. Thomas, Todd Richards and Chad Otterstrom.

“The festival is the perfect representation of the elements of urban lifestyle and snowboarding reflected in today?s culture,” said Chris Searles, Breckenridge Resort events manager. “Throughout the festival participants will be invited to experience a number of activities from after-hours parties, to on the snow D.J.?s and snowboard competitions, to photo exhibitions. The festival is designed to ensure that there will be entertainment offered continuously in a number of different formats and venues.”

At the center of the activity is Breckenridge?s legendary Peak 8 Freeway Terrain Park. The acclaimed terrain park is home to North America?s top ranked halfpipe, as voted by the readers of Transworld Snowboarding. Breckenridge has long been tied to snowboarding and played host to first Snowboarding World Cup in 1985 and currently hosts such acclaimed snowboard competitions as the Vans Triple Crown and Chevy Truck Snowboard Grand Prix each year.

“The long history of snowboarding at Breckenridge makes it the perfect place to display the meld of snowboard and hip-hop cultures with Snowed Out,” according to Searles. “The snowboard community kicks off the season with the Vans Triple Crown competition each December, which is usually the first major competition of the year, now they can end the season here too with sun, fun, music and the pro halfpipe jam.”

Snowed Out is part of the two-week Spring Massive Festival celebration at Breckenridge, March 30- April 14, 2002. Breckenridge?s lofty altitude, the base sits at 9,600 ft., gives the resort the ability to hold onto its snow longer and grab late season snowstorms giving the resort an average April snowfall of four feet and a base of seven feet. The first two weeks of April Breckenridge celebrates its late-season advantage with Spring Massive. The Massive is a multi-faceted interactive festival with music and entertainment, ski and snowboard competitions, family activities, legendary spring snow, lodging and lift ticket deals making Spring Massive a don?t miss.

For more information on the events listed below, including lodging, lift and flight packages visit or call 877/593.5260.

Friday, April 5, 2002:? 9 p.m.-2 a.m.
Snowed Out kicks off with the country?s most notable turntablists and performance DJ?s showcasing their skills during a party guaranteed to keep the crowd jumping until the wee hours of the morning.

Snowed Out is proud to present the first live showcase of the weekend, focusing on several of Underground Hip-Hop?s brightest names.

Saturday, April 6, 2002:
? 10 a.m.-2 p.m. THE BLOCK PARTY EXPO
This interactive village of promotional kiosks will be the most dynamic, on-snow block party of the season. There will be a Video Gaming Zone, mini-stage performances, product demo area, art hut and sampling and promotional stations that are outfitted by snowboard companies, record labels, clothing companies, footwear and eyewear manufacturers and other.

The top names from snowboarding and DJ?s will combine to demonstrate their skills in a unique and non-competitive jam-format. Two finalists, chosen by the athletes themselves, must then step into the ring to duke it out for the coveted championship belt. The result is the most ghetto-fabulous, non-contest in snowboarding.

The roster of professional snowboarders competing is expected including: Ross Powers, J.J. Thomas, Trevor Andrews, Ben Hinkley, Kier Dillon, Chad Otterstrom, Todd Richards, John Sommers, JP Walker, Jeremy Jones, Marc Frank Montoya, Ali Goulet, J2, Jeremy Baye and more.

? 11 a.m. ?3 p.m. THE DIRTY SOUTH BARBECUE
The Rocky Mountains will meet the Dirty South at the Dirty South barbecue. The barbecue will allow fans, athletes, and artists to get a taste of the South in the backyard of the mountains. Expect down home cooking and drink specials to be served up like never before.

? 10 a.m. ?3 p.m. THE SNOW DECK DEMO COURSE
Staying on top of the cutting edge in snow sports, Snowed Out is proud to present the Snow Deck Demo Course. This hybrid-sport combines the raw intensity of skateboarding with the rugged tenacity of snowboarding. Athletes from several major disciplines who have been able to apply their riding skills to this innovative alpine and street inspired activity will be on hand to showcase their skills.

? 10 a.m.-3 p.m. HIP-HOP IMMORTALS PHOTO EXHIBITIONSnowed Out is proud to present a gallery showing of photographs from the upcoming book, Hip-Hop Immortals Volume I. The book contains unparalleled photography of 100 of the most powerful and influential artists in the history of hip-hop. The showing will include original prints by artists such as Danny Clinch, Sante D’orazio, Davis Factor, David Lachapelle, Jonathan Mannion, Aldo Rossi, Mark Seliger, and Jamel Shabazz.

? 8 p.m. ?midnight THE HIP-HOP LOUNGE; STARRING LUDACRIS Ludacris rolls into town with a host of special guests to set the stage for one of the most exciting hip-hop shows to ever be staged at a mountain resort. With multi-platinum albums Back for the First Time and Word of Mouf behind him, Atlanta?s Ludacris is one of the most charismatic personalities in hip-hop.

? 9 p.m. ?2 a.m. DJ EXPO Snowed Out Celebrates true night club flavor as DJ Green Lantern, from NYC?s Hot 97 FM, and an elite assortment of the country?s hottest club DJ?s rock the spot until the early morning hours.

SUNDAY, APRIL 6, 2002:

After several days of partying in the alpine sunshine, Snowed Out will conclude with the VIP Halfpipe-Brunch Buffet. Breckenridge is located 104 miles west of Denver International Airport. For the latest information on events, snow conditions and more, call the Breckenridge Ski Resort at (970) 453-5000 or toll-free at 1-800-789-SNOW. Additional information is also available on Breckenridge’s website at or