Calling all competitors: The North Face Peak2Park Virtual Competition offers online platform for skiers, snowboarders to showcase talent
Skiers and snowboarders laying down sweet tricks in Tahoe will have the chance to showcase their runs on a bigger stage this winter — and all they need is a camera and a computer. The North Face Peak2Park Virtual Competition is returning for a third season, and registration is currently open for the 2016-17 competition.
“We seek to offer skiers and snowboarders an opportunity to showcase their raw talent,” said The North Face Sports Marketing Director Katie Ramage. “Athletes don’t need expensive camera equipment to get noticed.
“Peak2Park is solely about athletic ability and creativity, giving anyone with a local hill and a camera the opportunity to see how they stack up against the competition.”
Peak2Park features two competitions, the Park and Pipe Open Series and All Mountain Open Series — new for this season. All Mountain will be open to skiers and snowboarders while Park and Pipe will remain for skiers only, and both will feature open and junior divisions.
Last year, Park and Pipe accepted more than 30 submissions from California in big air, halfpipe and slopestyle disciplines — including runs from Tahoe-area resorts — that received nearly 400,000 views. The competition totaled 175 registered freeskiers from North America.
This season, registered skiers and snowboarders are invited to film clips and edit together to create a “dream run” not longer than 180 seconds. The final edit serves as the athletes’ competition run, which is put before a public and professional judging round.
“This is a huge door opener for people,” said 2016 Park and Pipe winner Colby Stevenson from Park City, Utah. “You can try a trick as many times as you want, as many times as you need to do it, in order to get it and make it look the best.”
Peak2Park is putting up more than $65,000 in prizing this season, including cash, Rossignol skis and snowboards, Look bindings, GoPro cameras and gear from The North Face. One Park and Pipe grand prize winner will be selected by Tom Wallisch to film with the Good Company crew, while winners of the All Mountain grand prizes will be sent on trips to the backcountry to ride and film with The North Face athletes.
Online registration opened Nov. 8, and the video submission window for each competition opens Jan. 5. For more information, visit http://www.peak2park.com.
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