Newry, ME–Palmer Snowboards, Swatch, and American Skiing Co. announced plans to build permanent boardercross courses this season at all resorts nationwide. Boardercross snowboard racing is one of the sport’s fastest growing disciplines. With that, the addition of Swatch Palmer X Parks is a welcomed sight at all resorts. As a snowboarding contender even for the 2002 Olympics, boardercross was dubbed, “The Next Big Thing” by Outside magazine.

What is the difference from other parks? Most parks are made up of artificial elements replicating natural mountain features that include various jumps, table tops, banked turns, and quarter pipes. What distingues a boardercross park from a terrain park is that each element flows into the other. Skiers and snowboarders take the course as one fluid run, instead of the traditional way ó stopping between hits.

Swatch Palmer X Parks will be featured at American Skiing Company resort events such as Bud Light BoarderFest and Swatch Palmer X Park series. (Event schedule attached.)

American Skiing Co., headquartered in Newry, Maine, is the largest operator and owner of alpine ski, snowboard, and golf resorts in the United States. The resorts contain more than 30 terrain parks for skiers and snowboarders and fifteen snowboard halfpipes. Resorts include Attitash Bear Park in New Hampshire; The Canyons in Park City, Utah; Heavenly at Lake Tahoe; Killington, Mount Snow and Sugarbush in Vermont; Steamboat in Colorado; and Sugarloaf/USA and Sunday River in Maine. www.peaks.com

ASC Boardercross Competitions
(Tentative Schedule)

January

Jan 30-31 1999 Attitash, ASC Boarderfest

February

Feb 05-07 1999 Heavenly, ASC Boarderbattle

Feb 06-07 1999 Sugarbush, ASC Boarderfest

Feb 20 1999 Heavenly, ASC Snowboard Festival Mtn. Dew

Feb 27-28 1999 Mount Snow, ASC Boarderfest

Feb 27 1999 The Canyons, ASC Snowboard Festival Mtn. Dew

March

Mar 06-07 1999 Killington, ASC Boarderfest

Mar 06 1999 Mount Snow, ASC Snowboard Festival Mtn. Dew

Mar 12-14 1999 Mount Snow, ASC Boarderbattle

Mar 13-14 1999 Sunday River, ASC Boarderfest

Mar 13 1999 Killington, ASC Snowboard Festival Mtn. Dew

Mar 27 1999 Sunday River, ASC Snowboard Festival Mtn. Dew

April

Apr 03-04 1999 Steamboat, ASC Boarderfest

Apr 10-11 1999 The Canyons, ASC Boarderfest

Apr 17-18 1999 Heavenly, ASC Boarderfest