U.S. Snowboarding launches the four-stop Evolution Tour for the 2004-05 Season this February. Each event will feature halfpipe, slopestyle and snowboardcross along with additional specialty events by location. The series will be open to any rider, but is geared toward riders 19-and-under and will provide an opportunity to qualify for the 2005 Junior World Championships and U.S. Snowboarding Project Gold camps directly from each event.

Beginning in the East with Killington, Vt. (Feb. 11-13), moving west to Boyne Mountain/Nubs Nob, Mich. (March 4-6), then on to Jackson Hole Resort, Wyo. (March 11-13), with the final stop taking place this summer on Mt. Hood, Ore. (date TBA) at Windells Camp, the Evolution Tour invites all riders 13-and-up (15-and-up for SBX events) to come out and test their skills. A nighttime rail jam at each stop is also in the works. The winner of the junior division (19-and-under) in each HP and SBX qualifies for a spot on the 2005 World Junior Team that will compete in Arosa, Switzerland, this April. Additionally, all junior champions will be named to U.S. Snowboarding Project Gold and invited to train for a week with U.S. Snowboarding coaches this summer at Windells Snowboard Camp.

The 2005 Evolution Tour is supported by Killington, Jackson Hole Resort, Boyne Mountain, Snowboard Magazine, Windells Camp, Chevrolet, Barilla, Palmer Snowboards, Smith Optics, Level Gloves and U.S. Snowboarding.

For details and to register for the Evolution Tour go to http://www.ussa.org/PublishingFolder/423_842.htm.