Steamboat Hosts Team Venom Superpipe Challenge

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, CO-The Second Annual Team Venom Mavericks Superpipe Challenge drops into Colorado’s longest superpipe, on Saturday, March 1, 2003, featuring competitions for both men and women skiers and snowboarders. Boarding for Breast Cancer Foundation and Steamboat Springs’ Breast Cancer Awareness Project will receive a portion of the entry fee.

“With the addition of the Mavericks Superpipe last year, we were able to host one of the best amateur events in the Colorado,” said Andy Wirth, vice president of marketing for Steamboat. “This year’s event should draw even more competitors as the word about Mavericks has spread.”

The Team Venom Superpipe Challenge gets started at 10:00am featuring some of the best free riders in the region on hand to test their talent and compete for $8,000 in cash prizes, and $5,000 in merchandise. At over 650 feet in length, competitors will execute nearly twice as many airs as in conventional superpipes

Co-founded by Steamboat Olympic Medalist Shannon Dunn-Downing, the Boarding for Breast Cancer Foundation (B4BC) is a non-profit, youth-focused organization devoted to education, awareness and fundraising for breast cancer. A portion of each entry fee will be donated to the Boarding for Breast Cancer Foundation and Steamboat’s Breast Cancer Awareness Project, both of whom will host a booth at the base area on the day of the event. In addition, every competitor may also obtain additional pledges.

“Steamboat not only has a long tradition of producing world class snow sport athletes, it also has a extensive history of giving back to the community,” said Dunn-Downing. “This makes Steamboat the perfect venue for Colorado’s first Boarding for Breast Cancer event.”

Prizes will be awarded for the top five finishers in the following categories: Men’s Snowboarding (Open Division), Men’s Snowboarding (15 & under), Women’s Snowboarding (Open Division), Women’s Snowboarding (15 & under), Men’s Skiing (Open Division), Men’s Skiing (15 & under), Women’s Skiing (Open Division) and Women’s Skiing (15 & under). Furthermore, the skier and snowboarder with the most donations will win a pair of new skis and a limited edition Mavericks Palmer snowboard, respectively. The awards ceremony will be held at the Bud Light Rocks the ‘Boat Stage in Gondola Square immediately following the event.

Participants may pre-register for the Team Venom Mavericks Superpipe Challenge by calling 970-871-5387, or on event day at the Bear River Bar & Grill located at the base of the mountain in Gondola Square from 8-10am. The entry fee is $35. Lift tickets are not included and must be purchased separately.

After the awards, the nationally renowned Irish-flavored rock band, the Young Dubliners, will perform a free concert as part of the Bud Light Rocks the ‘Boat concert series from 3:30-5:30pm. The Team Venom Mavericks Superpipe Challenge is co- sponsored by SoBe, SmartWool, Boeri, Freeze Magazine; Colorado State University, Steamboat Ski & Resort Corporation, KIDN, KFMU and RideSports.