WILLISTON, VT ( March 11, 2003) John Bittinger is the winner of the 2003 DYNASTAR SNOWBOARD Race to Chamonix event, held in conjunction with the 2003 SIA trade show. To introduce its new snowboard collection, Dynastar sent invitations to 1,500 retailers who had pre-registered for the SIA trade show. Each invitation detailed the Race to Chamonix event that took place on Wednesday night, January 29th. Buyers who booked appointments to see the new snowboard collection were awarded special laminated pit passes to compete in the Race to Chamonix event. The pit passes served as tickets to board a luxury bus that delivered retailers to the Las Vegas Mini Gran Prix racetrack for an evening of racing, food, drink and fun. Grand prize for the fastest racer of the night was an all-expense paid trip to Dynastar’s FREE RIDE DAYS celebration at the Grand Montet in Chamonix, France, near the company’s headquarters at the foot of Mont Blanc. Second place was a 24-hour rental of a Ferrari, in Las Vegas. Third prize was the choice of any snowboard from the new Dynastar collection.
The format for the race featured four qualifying laps on the Gran Prix course. Once the top ten fastest times were recorded, the top ten drivers were invited to race one final lap to determine the winners. To keep the competition fair, all ten finalists competed in the same racecar as attendees cheered the racers on from the sidelines. Throughout the evening, attendees also had the opportunity to race on the Las Vegas racetrack’s banked oval stock car track adjacent to the Gran Prix track.
Bittinger, a former NCAA ski racer at the University of New Hampshire lives with his wife Betsy in Duluth, Minnesota and works part-time at his parent’s shop, Pine Mountain Sport Shop, located in Iron Mountain, Michigan. Bittinger recorded the fastest qualifying lap at the Las Vegas Mini Gran Prix race track and went on to post the fastest time of the evening during the finals, claiming “It’s a lot like slalom racing!” As a mechanical engineer, he expressed enthusiasm for visiting the Dynastar factory in Sallanches to see how prototypes and production skis and snowboards are produced. Retailers who joined Bittinger on the podium included second place finisher, Tom Kapala from the Rockford Ski Rack in Rockford, Illinois and third place racer Spence Nance, from Salty Peaks Snowboard shop in Salt Lake City Utah. All participants in this year’s event received long sleeve DYNASTAR SNOWBOARD Gran Prix shirts and hats. Snowboard videos and live announcing “Hey, there’s Sigfried and Roy’s house!” were featured on the luxury bus ride to and from the track.
Last year, participants from the United States at Dynastar’s FREE RIDE DAYS visited Turin, Italy, site of the 2006 Winter Olympics, visited the Ferrari museum at the Pinin Farina design facility, rode on the Grand Montet, visited the summit of the Aguille du Midi, traversed the Valle Blanche and attended numerous festive dinners and après ride events. This year, DYNASTAR Snowboard Pro Riders Xavier Delerue, Ron Chiodi and Andrew Mutty are scheduled to join Bittinger at the FREE RIDE DAYS event.