TRUCKEE, Calif. (October 03, 2003)—After months of planning, United States of America Snowboard Association (USASA) released the 2003-2004 season schedule of events hosted by the 35 regional series throughout the United States. USASA organizes more than 400 snowboard and freestyle skiing events at more than 200 resorts throughout the United States. In addition, USASA hosts the annual USASA National Championship, the world’s largest snowboard competition, attracting more than 1,100 snowboarders and freestyle skiers between the ages of 4 and 60 from states across the country. The riders are categorized into 32 separate divisions based on age and ability.

Whether a rider is a novice or advanced, 4 or 84 years old, USASA offers snowboard and freestyle ski events to a variety of age levels at area resorts throughout the United States. The USASA Regional Series Directors, Judges, Technical Supervisors and USASA volunteers are certified by the USASA Trainers Division.

“It is important for the USASA staff to be consistently fair and safe,” said Tom Collins, USASA Executive Director. “Our USASA Regional Series Directors, Judges, Technical Supervisors and volunteers are certified by USASA Trainers. We want to make the USASA experience fun for the members and participants. Riders develop hands-on skills and experience competition at all levels.”

Membership benefits include special offers on merchandise, discounted lift tickets at event resorts, a subscription to Transworld Snowboarding magazine, access to some of the best snowboard trainers and coaches, voting rights to Rider Representatives on the Executive Board who represent snowboarders and the snowboard industry efforts, a chance to win local and national scholarship prizes and giveaways at the events and more.

USASA is offering an early bird special of $40.00, if purchased by November 30th.

Beginning December 1st, the price increases to $50.00. Purchase your membership today and save $10.00. To learn more about becoming a USASA member or to view the current local event schedule visit www.USASA.org or call 800-404-9213. The dates and locations can change. See the USASA Web site for the schedule.

The USASA is comprised of 35 Regional Series throughout the United States, including:

Aspen/Snowmass Series, CO

Big Alaska

Catskill Series, NY

Copper Mountain, CO

Edge of the World, NC

Enter the Dragon, OR

Frozen Chosen, MN

Huck Finn Series, MI

Intermountain Series, UT/WY/ID

Iowa Snowboard Series

Maine Mountain Series

Mason-Dixon Series, WV

Massachusetts Series

Mid-Atlantic Series, PA/VI

Middle Earth, MI

Mt. Hood Series, OR

Mother Lode Snowboard Series, CA

New Hampshire¿

New Mexico

Northern Vermont

North Tahoe, CA

Raging Buffalo, IL

San Gabriel, CA

Snow Ohio

SOS (Snowboard Outreach Society), CO

South Tahoe, CA

Southern California Conference

Southern Cascade Series, CA/OR

Southern Vermont

Southwest, CO

Superior, MI

Tyrol Basin, WI

Upper Mid-West Alt Points

Series, MN

VAN’s Unbound Mammoth, CA

Western New York

Each of the 35 USASA series organizes 10-15 competitions throughout the season at area resorts. The USASA competitions are comprised of five primary snowboard events in three disciplines; the Alpine discipline includes GS and Slalom, the Freestyle discipline includes Halfpipe and Slopestyle, Boardercross® is a discipline onto itself. In 2003, USASA announced the introduction of Freestyle Skiing.

United States of America Snowboard Association is dedicated to supporting recreational and competitive snowboarding and freestyle skiing within 35 regions series throughout the United States of America. Since 1988, USASA has fostered the competitive spirit of snowboard athletes and developed a solid grassroots organization that allows men and women, and boys and girls of all ages and abilities to participate in over 400 organized snowboarrd events that qualify for national and international competition. USASA Trainers supports educational programs throughout the year and organizes snowboard clinics hosted at various resorts in the U.S. These clinics serve as training for instructors, coaches, judges and technical supervisors to help provide Fair, Safe, and Fun events.