Vans Cup this weekend at Northstar

Truckee, CA—The 3rd Annual Vans Cup at Tahoe will draw the world’s best snowboarders to Northstar-at-Tahoe Resort this weekend, March 2-4 with a field including former Olympians Danny Kass, Mason Aguirre, Kelly Clark, Elena Hight, Ross Powers and J.J. Thomas. The contingent of snowboarding’s brightest will also feature luminaries such as Todd Richards, Andreas Wiig, Andy Finch and Hana Beaman as well as Tahoe locals Jamie and Joanie Anderson and is considered the most important professional snowboarding competition on the West Coast with a total prize purse of more than $200,000.For the first time ever, Vans and Studio411 will team up to present live webcasts of the event at www.vans.com. Look for plenty of photos and live updates at:

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The Vans Cup at Tahoe television special will also debut on the FUEL Action Sports Network at a date to be announced.

The action kicks off Friday night with defending Rail Jam champs from the past two years, Mike Casanova and Wyatt Caldwell, headlining a field of top jibbers under the lights in a Rail jam session. Action continues Saturday with the Slopestyle comp and caps off on Sunday with the Superpipe finals.

The event, which is free with the purchase of a lift ticket, and open to the public, is sure to draw a huge crowd to Northstar-at-Tahoe Resort. Those who are not riding or skiing can stop by the event office for a free gondola pass.

Friday, March 2
5:00 PM – 6:45 PM Rail Jam (live webcast)

Saturday, March 3
8:30 AM – 11:30 AM Men’s and Women’s Slopestyle Qualifying
11:30 PM – 3:00 PM Men’s and Women’s Slopestyle FINALS (highlights on demand)

Sunday, March 4
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM Men’s and Women’s Superpipe Qualifying
12:30 PM – 3:30 PM Men’s and Women’s Superpipe FINALS (live webcast)

Invited riders include: (attendance not confirmed)
Guys: Danny Kass, Andreas Wiig, Antti Autti, Keir Dillon, Danny Davis, Steve Fisher, Michael Goldschmidt, Tommy Czeschin, Wyatt Caldwell, Chad Otterstrom, Ross Powers, J.J. Thomas, Elijah Teter, Scotty Arnold, Mike Cassanova, Chris Coulter, Darrell Mathes, Todd Richards, Jimi Tomer, Eddie Wall and many more.

Ladies: Jamie Anderson, Joanie Anderson, Hannah Teter, Elena Hight, Kelly Clark, Lindsey Jacobellis, Tricia Byrnes, Torah Bright, Molly Aguire, Hana Beaman, Erin Comstock, Tara Dakides, Laura Hadar, Leanne Pelosi, Silvia Mittermueller, Kjersti Oestgaard Buaas, Amber Stackhouse, Kimmy Fasani, Anne-Flore Marxer, Priscilla Levac, Alexis Waite, Natasza Zurek and more.

In Transworld Snowboarding’s 2007 Resort Guide, Northstar(tm) Resort ranked in the nation’s top ten for parks, pipes and overall snowboard resort. All of the Vans Tahoe Cup courses will be built by Northstar Resort’s renowned terrain park designers, led by Chris “Gunny” Gunnarson from Snow Park Technologies (SPT). SPT has designed and constructed courses and parks for some of the biggest snowboard events worldwide, including ESPN’s Winter X-Games, the World Championships of Snowboarding, Japan Slopestyle, and Burton’s U.S. Open and European Open.

Northstar-at-Tahoe Resort is located on Highway 267, just six miles north of Lake Tahoe and six miles south of downtown Truckee. For more information on Northstar Resort, call:

1-800-GO-NORTH(tm) (1.800.466.6784)

Or visit:

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The Vans Cup at Tahoe is made possible by the support of Rockstar Energy Drink, Scion, Snowboarder Magazine and the FUEL Action Sports Network.

or more information on Vans and the Vans Cup at Tahoe, visithttp://cl.exct.net/?ffcb10-fe2d1572746d0575761479-fdeb107276660d7b7c107672-ff051572716605-fe9515727261067b76-fdf916707c60047572157577 .