The Sixth Annual Salomon Oasis is gearing up to hit 13 winter resorts this season. The weekend-long celebration features free equipment and apparel demos, giveaways, contests and a variety of entertainment options. The Salomon Oasis Project is going international in 05′, adding three Canadian resorts to its line-up. The tour kicks off December 11th and 12th at Copper Mountain, Colorado.

The Salomon Oasis Project takes place in a village near the resort’s base lodge. Inside, village visitors can check out the latest technology from Salomon and Oasis partners, enter contests to win free gear and test ride the latest skis and snowboards from Salomon as well as apparel from Salomon, Bonfire and Arc’Teryx.

The entertainment is diverse and packed with activities like Saturday’s Halfpipe Jam, where skiers and snowboarders can ride the pipe with Salomon’s top regional riders.

The Salomon Oasis Project has teamed-up with cutting-edge partners Salomon, Saab, GORE-TEX, FUEL, DIRECTV and others that cater to snowriders worldwide.

Salomon started the Oasis tour in 1999 and has been the title sponsor throughout its history. “The Oasis tour has been a huge success for us”, said Bo Johnson, marketing director of Salomon North America. “The tour gives consumers the opportunity to try our new products on-hill and see why Salomon is the premier manufacturer of equipment and apparel.” Salomon will have over 200 pairs of skis and 80 snowboards available for FREE demos as well as outerwear from its Salomon, Bonfire and Arc’Teryx brands.

Saab has been involved with Oasis for two years. “We’re excited to be a part of Oasis again this year,” says Tammy Capone, promotions manager, Saab Cars USA. “The Oasis concept is a perfect complement to the Saab brand character and it is very effective in reaching our target customers. This year we will feature the 9-3, the 9-5 and the all-new, all-wheel-drive 9-2X.”

Visitors can stay warm and dry by testing the latest GORE-TEX fabric technology found in Salomon, Bonfire and Arc’Teryx apparel and outerwear. “Oasis is an awesome event,” said Doug Graham of GORE. “It’s a fun way to give people a feel for our products and to show them how our technology works on the hill.”

The DIRECTV display will feature a virtual living room, where skiers and snowboarders can kick back and check out the evolution of satellite television. Visitors will be able to experience the new DIRECTV(r) HD DVR with TiVo, which allows customers to record and play back DIRECTV high-definition programming, as well as the standard DIRECTV DVR with TiVo, and a sampling of the 24/7 action sports net FUEL.

“DIRECTV is excited to be a part of Oasis this year and to demonstrate to visitors the latest in DIRECTV technology,” said Neal Tiles, executive vice president, Marketing, DIRECTV, Inc. “DIRECTV pioneered the satellite television industry and will continue to provide the best in multichannel television technology available. “

FUEL and DIRECTV will also offer the first 500 customers that sign up for DIRECTV’s TOTAL CHOICE(r) Plus package and purchase a DIRECTV DVR with TiVo a free Salomon snowboard branded by FUEL television’s Signature Series artists. If you haven’t checked out FUEL, you’re missing out on the hottest extreme sports channel on the air. FUEL is 24/7 action sports television, featuring surfing, skateboarding, snowboarding, BMX, motocross and wakeboarding.

The Salomon Oasis Project Schedule

December 11-12, Copper Mountain, Colorado

December 18-19, Killington Mountain, Vermont

January 1-2, Crested Butte Mountain, Colorado

January 8-9, Vail Mountain, Colorado

February 5-6, Boyne Mountain, Michigan

February 12-13, Mountain Creek, New Jersey

February 19-20, Wachusett Mountain, Massachusetts

February 26-27, Mont Avila, Mont Avila, Quebec

March 5-6, Okemo Mountain, Vermont

March 12-13, Blue Mountain, Ontario, Canada

March 19-20, Crystal Mountain, Washington

March 225-27, Mt. Hood Meadows, Oregon