The inaugural Vans Cup at Tahoe will draw the world’s best snowboarders including Danny Kass, Shaun White, Marc-Frank Montoya, Andreas Wiig and Tara Dakides to Northstar-at-Tahoe February 11-13 to compete in an innovative competition dubbed the B.A.R., or Best All-Around Rider. The event is expected to be the most important professional snowboarding competition on the West Coast this season with nearly every big name in the sport in attendance and a total prize purse of more than $200,000. The Vans Cup at Tahoe will air on Fox Sports Net nationally in two parts at 3 pm March 18 and March 25.

Over the past decade, the Vans Triple Crown of Snowboarding has showcased the top snowboarders in the world in one of the most laid back and fun contest atmospheres. This year, Vans is raising the bar by switching to an invite-only event with a night-time rail jam, a superpipe competition and a new event that is sure to challenge even the most versatile riders.

The B.A.R. Instead of a standard slopestyle course, Vans contest organizers are merging the three major elements of freestyle snowboarding (rails, jumps, transitions) into one. The course starts with a series of rails flowing into a huge kicker and finishing with a quarter-pipe/hip combo. The winner of this event needs to be versatile in all the major elements earning them the title and major bragging rights as the Best All-Around Rider (B.A.R.).

The event, which is free and open to the public, is sure to draw a huge crowd to Northstar-at-Tahoe. Those without lift tickets can receive a free gondola ticket thanks to Tylenol.

Check out TransWorld SNOWboarding’s calendar for more info.

In Transworld Snowboarding’s 2005 Resort Guide, Northstar ranked in the top ten pipes in the nation and in 2004, Northstar ranked in the top 12 overall snowboard resorts in the nation. Northstar is home to renowned terrain park designers, Chris “Gunny” Gunnarson and Josh Chauvet from Snow Park Technologies, who have designed and constructed courses and parks for some of the biggest snowboard events worldwide, including ESPN’s Winter X-Games, Japan Slopestyle, and Burton’s U.S. Open and European Open.

Northstar-at-Tahoe is located off Highway 267, just six miles from the shores of North Lake Tahoe. From the Bay Area/Sacramento or Reno, take Interstate 80 to the Highway 267 exit, travel south eight miles and turn right onto Northstar Drive. Those seeking further information on Northstar can visit: www.NorthstarAtTahoe.com.

About Vans Vans, Inc., a subsidiary of VF Corporation (NYSE: VFC), is a leading lifestyle brand for the youth market. Vans collections, which include active and performance footwear, apparel and accessories, snowboard boots and bindings and the Pro-tec, Inc. line of protective gear, are sold in the United States through 146 company owned stores and factory outlets as well as independent retailers. Internationally, Vans sells its goods in approximately 50 countries through a network of distributors, sales agents and foreign offices. Vans supports and promotes the action sports lifestyle through such events and destinations as the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing(r), the Vans Warped Tour(r) and the Vans World Amateur Skateboarding Championships.

For more information on Vans, visit www.vans.com.