Vegetate ’99 March 25 – 28

Meadows Presents Toyota Vegetate ’99 March 25 – 284th annual snowboarding for native wildflowers features four competitionsMore than 300 competitors battle for $20,000 cash purseTodd Richards and Kevin Jones will appear.

MT. HOOD, OR (Immediate Release) ¿ The Toyota Vegetate ’99 – Snowboardingfor Native Wildflowers – will be presented at Mt. Hood Meadows March 25 -28, 1999. The event, which raises money and awareness for Meadows’ awardwinning native wildflower revegetation program, features four competitions -a slope style, a half pipe, a boarder cross and an invitational big air. Atotal cash purse of $20,000 will draw more than 300 competitors to theevent.

Resort Marketing Director and event coordinator Dave Tragethon saysVegetate ’99 is one of the largest independently produced snowboardingevents of its kind in the world. “Vegetate provides all of the high drama ofworld class competition, but has a definite grass roots flavor. The riderssupport the event because they like the cause and the mix of amateur andprofessional riders in the events. Spectators enjoy the event because itattracts some of the top competitors in the world, including the best ridersfrom the northwest and Canada. It is definitely a world class competition.”Tragethon says Todd Richards and Kevin Jones have both committed tocompeting at Vegetate; as well as Mark Schulz and Mayami Fakuda, last year’smens and womens Boardercross champions.

The event was conceived three seasons ago as a way to draw attention to theresort’s award winning native wildflower revegetation program. It has beenfeatured on national and regional television programs and will again receivenational television attention. Thanks to the support of competitors,sponsors, skiers and snowboarders, Vegetate has raised almost $30,000 forMt. Hood Meadows native plant program.

The native wildflower revegetation program was designed by Mt. Hood Meadowsin partnership with the U.S. Forest Service, and received a “Silver Eagle”environmental award from the Skiing Company (publishers of Ski and Skiingmagazines). Born from a philosophy that natural plants improve the mountaineco-system, the process involves hand collecting millions of seeds fromplants, mixing them with organic bio-stimulants and fertile fibers forhydro-seeding. The resort has engineered several resource conservationtechniques which it employs during construction projects, such asstabilizing top soil with straw mulch and coconut fiber matting, andcontrolling erosion by constructing check dams, distillation ponds andfilter fences. The resort has produced a brochure which details thedifferent environmental eco-programs it uses, from recycling to promotingand sponsoring mass transportation.

The Toyota Vegetate ’99 event also features – demos, clinics, a sponsorspavilion and live bands. Saturday March 27 will be “Funk Day” with SignifiedMonkey, Phat Sidy Smokehouse and Rubberneck scheduled to perform. SundayMarch 28 is “Punk Day” with Betty Already, Tenpin and The Daylightsscheduled to play.

The Toyota Vegetate ’99 is presented by Toyota, MLY Snowboarding and FullSail Brewing; and sponsored by North Wave, Pro-Tec, Bula, BC Graphics, WB 32Television, Stagg Chili, Maui Jim Sunglasses, Shimano, Switch, Vans, Seattle’s Best Coffee, and the Best Western Hood River Inn. For more informationcontact the Mt. Hood Meadows Portland sales office at (503) 287-5438, or1-800-754-4663.

Toyota Vegetate ’99 – Snowboarding for Native Wildflowers at Mt. HoodMeadowsPresented by Toyota, MLY Snowboarding and Full Sail Brewing March 25 – 28,1999

Competition Schedule

Thursday, March 25 – SLOPE STYLE11 AM – 3 PM on Stadium (Yellow Chair)Registration: $40 Mens and Womens Divisions (16 and over)Limited to first 80 paid registrants / Estimated Cash Purse: $2700

Friday, March 26 – BOARDER CROSS TIME TRIALS11 AM – 4 PM (North Canyon to Eric’s Corner finish under Yellow Chairlift)Registration: $40 Mens and Womens Divisions (16 and over)LLimited to first 180 paid registrants

Friday, March 26 – NIGHT HALF PIPE5 PM – 8 PM South Canyon (Under Daisy Lift)Registration: $40 Mens and Womens Divisions (16 and over)Limited to first 80 paid registrants / Estimated Cash Purse: $2700

Saturday, March 27 – BOARDER CROSS HEATS & FINALS11 AM – 4 PM (North Canyon to Eric’s Corner finish under Yellow Chairlift)96 Men / 48 Women in single-elimination heats seeded by time trial resultsEstimated Cash Purse: $6,100

Sunday, March 28 – INVITATIONAL BIG AIR11 AM – 3 PM on Stadium (Yellow Chair)Registration: $50 Mens and Womens Divisions (invitation only)Estimated Cash Purse: $5,500

Mountain All Stars – $1,000 Cash for the top man and woman in the combinedSlope Style, Half Pipe and Boarder Cross events.

Japan VS. USA Boarder Cross Champion – Winner receives $500 placing the topthree USA riders against the top three Japan team riders.

Schedule subject to change with weather. Contact the Mt. Hood MeadowsPortland sales office at (503) 287-5438 or 1-800-754-4663 for moreinformation.

Dave Tragethon, Marketing Director
(503) 287-5438 ext. 190