Vail, Colo. — The world’s top rail and slopestyle riders will hit the slopes of Vail Mountain in “The Session” Jan. 15 — 18, 2003. Vail’s inaugural professional invitational will feature a handpicked group of the hottest riders in the world going head to head in a Super Slopestyle competition and a new format progressive rail event. It all happens under the lights at Vail’s Golden Peak Park.

“We are truly excited to host the world’s top snowboarders, as we roll out a brand new session format that will challenge the athletes and thrill the spectators,” said Ceil Folz, president of the Vail Valley Foundation, which is organizing the event in partnership with Vail Resorts.

The new format has met with rave reviews; “The great thing about a session is it gives the athletes multiple runs and multiple chances to show their best stuff,” said Greg Johnson of International Judges Commission, who will be judging the competition. “This format will raise the quality of the riding exponentially.”

The competitions will include two events:

Rails. Friday night’s competition will be a progressive rail session. Bent metal artists will have a chance to showcase their abilities, as three unique designer rails are located in the Golden Peak arena, challenging each other for the top spot. Men and women riders have a shot at $10,000 for the first place finish on each rail in this Jib Session. “Progressive” takes on a new meaning as the competitors will move rail to rail, strategically deciding which rail to session as they compete for the single title prize on each rail. After the conclusion of the competition a party on the snow will kick-off the nights festivities.

Super Slopestyle. In this one-of-a-kind evening competition, 30 elite male and 15 elite female riders will have multiple runs to session the course under the lights. Riders will compete for a $20,000 purse to the first place male and $15,000 and $10,000 respectively for second and third. Spectators will fill Golden Peak to take in Super Slopestyle, catching all the action up close and personal and with a live TV feed on a big screen video board. Awards will be grabbed by the riders showing the best creativity and athleticism. Following the competition, riders will join spectators for an underground party at Golden Peak. Anheuser-Busch is sponsoring the Super Slopestyle competition.

For more information, please contact the Vail Valley Foundation at 970.949.1999.