Big Bear Lake, California—Big Bear Mountain Resorts (BBMR) is excited to announce the return of THE PARK Wide Open #3 (Wide Open), taking place February 24 through March 2, 2006. In its third year, the Wide Open is a weeklong snowboarding and freeskiing extravaganza complete with contests, photo shoots, giveaways and plenty of surprises. Bear Mountain, the nation’s first all-mountain freestyle park, hosts the seven-day event and invites media, industry folk and pros to come visit the resort and see why BBMR is a leader in freestyle snowboarding and skiing.

“The Wide Open is a great event that gives pros, the ski/snowboard industry, media and everyone else the opportunity to ride, ski, film, and shoot THE PARK when it’s at its best, stated Marty Ward, Industry and PR Director for BBMR. “The Wide Open grows each year and is perfect for anyone looking to have fun on a world-class setup of jumps, jibs, halfpipes and more! added Ward.

The Wide Open is simply an open invitation to the snowboard and freeski industry to come to Bear Mountain sometime over the course of the 7-day event and take part in several fun competitions and to film and photograph professional and amateur team riders at the nation’s first all-mountain freestyle park. The event will feature two unique, progressive slopestyle courses that will be found at any resort this season along with several other special setups. Additionally, the Bear Mountain superpipe will be dialed into world-class form and The Park development team will be constructing brand-new signature jibs that will be placed in The Scene at the base of Bear Mountain.

You’re invited … come up and ride!

**Sponsorship opportunities are still available for The Park – Wide Open #3. For a sponsor option sheet (PDF) contact Kim Hermon at kim@bearmtn.com / 909-584-0203 or Marty Ward at marty@bearmtn.com / 909 584 0205.

For more information on the Wide Open #3 and all associated events, check the Web site at bearmountain.com.

The Park Wide Open #3 — CalendarFebruary 24 thru March 2, 2006

2/24: THE OUTLAW BANKED SLALOM

Retro Day — ’80s & ’90s
Presented by ZJ Boarding House, Dragon and 686
TransWorld Snowboarding Industry Day
After-party DJ Slip Matt & more!

2/25: THE BRO-DOWN SHOWDOWN

An amateur slopestyle competition with a pro-size pur$e!
Presented by Active & Burton
After-party DJ Slip Matt & more!

2/26: CHIKITA SNOWDOWN

Presented by Nikita
After-party DJ Slip Matt & more!

2/27: THREE RING CIRCUS — NIGHT JAM

Presented by Dragon

2/28 & 3/1: SUPERPASS SUPERPARK QUALIFIERS

Presented by SNOWBOARDER and Red Bull
After-party DJ Slip Matt & more!

3/1: POKER WITH THE PROS — THE FINAL TABLE
After-party DJ Slip Matt & more!

3/2: BURGERS & BAILS

Presented by Electric and Snowboard Magazine
Wrap-up party and mystery contest -more-

SPONSORS:

686, Active Ride Shop, Air Jamaica, Boost Mobile, Burton, DC, Dragon, Electric, Nikita, Ocean & Earth, Planet Earth, Red Bull, The Block, Tonik, Utopia, ZJ Boarding House, and more!

In addition, there will be DJ’s spinning on the sundeck daily, live music, tons of product giveaways, pro-autograph sessions, food & drink specials and more!

A portion of proceeds from the Wide Open #3 will be donated to Boarding For Breast Cancer (B4BC), a non-profit, youth-focused education, awareness, and fundraising foundation. The B4BC mission is to increase awareness about breast cancer, the importance of early detection and the value of a healthy lifestyle.