Lincoln, NH, February 25, 2003: Loon Mountain announces the First Annual New England Shop Showdown on Sunday, March 9.   This is an invitation-only contest for snowboard shops in New England.  Shops can send two competitors, either employees or shop-sponsored riders.  Sorry, no pros are allowed.

First prize is a trip for two to Northstar-at-Tahoe in California.  Second place will receive a $250 cash price.  Currently, there’s no prize for third place.

The jam style format will consist of four sessions with one element for each session- the first will be a jib, the second will be big air, the third will be in the superpipe, and the fourth will be another jib.  In each session, riders will earn points toward the ultimate team title.

The registration fee for the New England Shop Showdown is $60 per team and includes a lift ticket, and lunch.  The New England Shop Showdown is sponsored by Southwest Airlines, Santa Cruz Snowboards, Dragon Optical, Mission 6, Nitro Snowboards, Lumix, and Northstar-at-Tahoe.

For more information, or to receive an invitation, contact Jay Scambio at 603-745-6281, ext. 5570 or jscambio.lm@boothcreek.com.  For more information on other events at Loon, go to www.loonmtn.com.  Loon is just 2 hours north of Boston, 3 miles from Exit 32, off Interstate 93.