(Press Release, October 20, 1998)ÐThe Telluride Ski and Golf Company (Telski) and the United States of America Snowboard Association announced a change in the dates for the Tenth National Snowboard Championships. Formerly scheduled for April 6¿11, 1999, the event is now slated for March 26¿1, 1999.

“An internal scheduling conflict forced the change of dates,” said Mike Shimkonis, director of sales and marketing for Telski. “The new dates fall within what is traditionally Telluride1s snowiest month and ultimately means more business for Telluride.”

Over 800 top-ranked snowboard competitors from across the United States will meet in Telluride when Telski and Telluride Visitor Services hosts the event. This is the second consecutive year Telluride has hosted the competition.

“The new dates will allow plenty of time for all the regional events to be completed well before nationals,” said Tom Collins, president of USASA. “Another advantage this give the competitors is that the event will be completed a full week before the end of the season in Telluride, and folks can get home in time to spend Easter with their families.”

USASA’s halfpipe competition, slopestyle, and boardercross will take place in Telluride1s Surge Air Garden terrain park. The slalom races will be staged on Competition Hill and the giant slalom on Lower See Forever.

Created in 1988, the USASA is the oldest and largest snowboard association in North America. Entering its eleventh season, the organization boasts membership increases of more than 200 percent in the last two years. The event provides grassroots support and development for competitors ranging in age from six years old and younger to 60 and older.

For more information about USASA visit its Web site at: www.usasa.org. For more information on the USASA Championships in Telluride, check out www.telski.com.