Whistler, BC , April 9, 2003 ­ The Telus World Ski and Snowboard Festival has just announced a new snowsports competition ­ Snowskate Rumble I – to be held Monday April 14 at the base of Whistler Mountain. This open contest will feature the best local talent, as well as snowskaters from around the globe.

The phenomenon of snowskating is sweeping North America and the world by storm. A hybrid of a skateboard and a snowboard, a snowskate is a versatile piece of equipment. No mountain needed, just a slight incline, some snow and a few obstacles. The revolution that is snowskating is catching on like a wildfire.

This year¹s course will feature custom obstacles designed by local snowskater Chris Jones and a team of mad scientists (locals) as well as parts of the Festival¹s Jibzone rails, rooftop and stairs – resized to snowskate height. The contest will also feature product demonstrations and prizing at the Snowskate Industry Expo & Party, located on the patio of the GLC. The Snowskate Rumble I is the biggest snowskating event ever held in Whistler with thousands in cash and prizes.

There are no restrictions for entry. This is an open contest for any age, skill level, gender, and type of snowskate. Entries can be made at Showcase Snowboards in Whistler, or at the event on April 14th until 11 am. Registration fee is $25 including a T-Shirt.

After the DKNY//JEANS LIVE Outdoor Concert performances by Treble Charger, Alarmbell and Not By Choice, join hip hop crew The Stir Fry Collective, Degree One and DJ Anger at the GLC for the awards ceremony, and after-party. 15$ Advance (non competitor) $20 at the door.

Contest format for April 14 is as follows:
Warm Up: 11am-12pm
Contest Jam: 12pm ­ 1pm
Elimination: 1pm – 1:15pm
Second Round: 1:15pm – 2:00pm
Elimination: 2:00pm – 2:15pm
Finals: 2:15pm – 2:45pm
Announcement of Winners: 2:45pm

Contest information can be found online at www.livelarge.ca or www.mountainpromotions.com

Snowskate Rumble I is produced by Telus World Ski and Snowboard Festival and Mountain Promotions. The event is sanctioned by the BC Snowboard Association.

Snowskate Rumble I takes place during the 8th TELUS World Ski & Snowboard Festival ­ a 10-day high-energy event fusing sports, music and action, April 11-20. The Festival highlights include: Ripzone Snowboard Invitational; free DKNY//JEANS LIVE Outdoor Concert Series; Garnier Fructis World Skiing Invitational featuring Salomon Big Air and Superpipe; Pro Photographer Search and Showdown, presented by Sony; Panasonic Filmmaker Showdown; RBC Olympic FanFair and RBC Rink on the Mountain; Super Demo Days; Biglines.com Snow Film Fiesta; Whistler DogFest; Saab Salomon Crossmax Series; Sawtooth Adrenaline Film Festival; Kranked 5; and the Kokanee Freeride.