On Valentine’s Day Saturday February 14th, Vail Resorts presents the SOS Real Love Tour, a snowboard half-pipe contest for those who really love snowboarding and love to help kids. SOS is holding this event on Valentine’s Day to demonstrate what real love is all about – GIVING and they are not afraid to use the L word.

This is the first half-pipe contest in Vail this season so riders will be charged up to show what they got. But the contest is designed more as a festival of love; “we want to make lover’s lane safe again for lovers. Snowboarding has become big marketing and scene driven, SOS hopes to put the soul back even if just for a day,” said Buddy Love SOS events coordinator.

In addition to the contest, the Snowboard Outreach Society will be finishing it’s fifth day of their Learn To Ride program with kids from the Denver Housing Authority (DHA). Over the last month, fifteen kids from the DHA have been learning to snowboard at Winter Park, Breckenridge and will be graduating at Vail. The graduation ceremony will symbolize what snowboarders are doing for children with special needs.

SOS is an equal opportunity half-pipe contest. All ages, ability, gender, creed, race and religion are encouraged to participate. Contestants will be judged on their snowboard and charity skills.

You can pre-register for the half-pipe contest at Vail Snowboard Supply in Lionshead on Thursday, February 12th and Friday, February 13th, or register at the Wreck Room in the Golden Peak Lodge from 8:00 to 10:00 on Saturday morning prior to the event. Registration will be limited to 125 contestants. The fee is $25 and includes an SOS T-Shirt, Chair 6 access lift ticket, goodies and raffle ticket. The half-pipe awards and Learn To Ride graduation ceremony will be held at 4:00 at Golden Peak.

Founded in 1993, SOS is a non-profit, grass roots charity that makes a difference in the lives of youth. This season, SOS will teach 250 at-risk children five times how to snowboard this season at resorts nationwide.

SOS has grown by over 5 times since last season. “Last year we learned that the Learn to Ride program was the most effective way that SOS could make a difference in the lives of kids who would not have had a chance to come to a mountain. ” — Arn Menconi, SOS Snowboard Instructor.

The sponsors for this event are Vail Resorts, Inc., Mountain Dew, MIA Snowboards, Fila, Airwalk, Booth Creek, Inc., Division 23, Eclipse Television & Sports Marketing, Sam Goody/Musicland, Optic Nerve Eyewear, Atlantis, K2, LIB Technologies/Gnu, Ride/Device, 686 Enterprise, Rocky Mountain Sunscreen and KZYR 103.1 FM

For further information please call the Snowboard Outreach Society at 970/845-7040.

To Love, Because That’s All There Is!!!