4th Annual Specialty Sports Pro/Am Snowboard at Mountain Creek Feb. 12-14

Vernon, NJ (February 4, 2004) – The 4th annual Specialty Sports Pro/Am presented by Palmer and JVC takes off on Thursday, February 12, 2004 at Mountain Creek in Vernon New Jersey. The three-day event will feature some of the biggest names in professional snowboarding as well as the next generation of top amateur riders.

The Pro/Am represents an opportunity for top-level amateurs to compete side-by-side with the best riders in the sport. Among a long list of world class athletes participating in this event is Olympian Ross Powers and 2003 Pro/Am winners Andy Fitch and Hanna Teter.

The event includes Super Pipe and Slope Style competition, product sampling, plenty of giveaways, the awards ceremony and the Pro/Am party. Pro/Am founder and IJC Judge Jason Grossi said, “We created the Pro/Am four years ago to give something back to the grassroots of snowboarding by bringing together top pros and aspiring amateurs. The timing, the location and the crowd-pleasing format makes this a great event for the riders, spectators and sponsors and with the added Slope Style event, this year should be one of the finest turnouts to date.” Sponsors include Palmer, JVC, Burton, Red Bull, Guinness, Dakine, Power Bar and Oakley.

Bill Yago, Owner of Specialty Sports, said, “The Pro/Am is unique because it allows amateurs to participate in a world class event with A-list riders. Mountain Creek has again made a phenomenal commitment to the event, this year significantly expanding the Pipe and increasing the pitch so we’ll be seeing some great air under their new broadcast-quality lighting grid during the finals Saturday night.”

Attendance is free for spectators. Competition is open to the first 200 pros and first 200 amateurs. Competitor fees are $165/pros and $100/amateur for one event and $270/pro and $150/amateur for both events. Registration fee includes three-day lifts, lunch and dinner on Saturday. The top 20 qualifiers in each division advance to the finals. On-line registration forms can be accessed at www.pro-am.tv, and onsite registration will be held beginning Wednesday, February 12 at Mountain Creek.

All competitors are required to be members of the USSA for point assignment and insurance purposes. (www.ussa.org)

4th Annual Pro/Am Schedule Registration: Online: www.pro-am.tv
Realtime: @ Specialty Sports 637 Route 23 S. Onsite at Mountain Creek
Wednesday, Feb 11, 9AM – 3PM
Thursday, Feb. 12, 9AM – 3PM
Friday, Feb. 13, 9AM – 3PM
Saturday, Feb 13, 7AM – 9AM
Slope Style Qualifiers Thursday, Feb. 12, 9AM- 5PM
Super Pipe Qualifiers Friday, Feb. 13, 8AM – 5PM
Slope Style Finals Saturday, Feb. 14, 9AM – 4PM
Super Pipe Finals Saturday, Feb. 14, 5PM – 9 PM
Awards Immediately Follows Super Pipe Finals in Sponsor Village
Pro/Am Party 10 PM – ?

All-Access Pro/Am VIP passes will be available only through Pro/Am sponsors. Specialty Sports is located at 637 Route 23 South in Pompton Plains, NJ, 973-831-1844. Event registration forms and information is available at the store and online at www.pro-am.tv.
ABOUT MOUNTAIN CREEK (www.Mountaincreek.com)Located just 47 miles from New York City and owned by Intrawest, Mountain Creek boasts state of the art snowmaking with skiing and riding on 44 trails over four peaks accessible by recently upgraded lifts. A vertical of more than 1,000 feet combined with a huge network of terrain parks, the region’s only Superpipe and world-class lodging facilities have quickly made Mountain Creek the premier winter resort in the region. A true four-season destination, Mountain Creek features summer family fun at its new water park, Diablo Freeride downhill mountain biking park, and skate park with over 20,000sq ft of boarding, biking and blading excitement. Construction has also begun on the mountain village development incorporating retail, meeting and conference space as well as a residential commuunity, Black Creek Sanctuary.
Pro/Am Media and Sponsor Contact: Rich Schineller 973-960-6962 rich@prmgt.com
Pro/Am Competitor Contact: Jason Grossi 973-827-3900 x504 jgrossi@mountaincreek.com
Mountain Creek Media: Shannon McSweeney 973-827-3900 x516 smcsweeney@mountaincreek.com