Grand Targhee Resort Kicks Off Freeride Series

Grand Targhee Resort Announces Freeride Series

(Alta, WY January 11, 2016) – Grand Targhee Resort is excited to kick off the first event of the Grand Targhee Freeride Series this Saturday, January 16, with a Rail Jam starting at noon. Come test your skills in one or all three top-notch events – Rail Jam, Slopestyle, and Big Air – showcasing local talent and the resort’s growing Terrain Park, and supporting a great cause: The Teton Valley Ski Education Foundation.

The resort is excited to once again have Terrain Park Manager Justin Montoya as a part of the terrain park team. His expertise and experience have helped take the park to an exciting new place with more advanced features and jumps. The event is a great way to showcase Montoya’s celebrated skills both locally and throughout the entire skiing and snowboarding community.

“It is great to see the local community get excited about the two terrain parks at Grand Targhee, both the North Pole beginner park in the Kids Fun Zone and Sweetwater off of Dreamcatcher,” said Montoya. “We are hoping to continue to advance the park and its features, and help events like the Freeride Series grow into an anchoring event for our skiers and riders.”

The Freeride Series is also an exciting opportunity to embrace our growing terrain park and the community of skiers and riders who continue to pursue their skills in the park. The resort hopes to continue to grow the park and support its enthusiasts, including the TVSEF riders.

“TVSEF is thrilled to partner with Grand Targhee Resort on this and other events and programs,” said Corey McGrath, the executive director of the foundation. “We simply could not accomplish our mission without their immeasurable support.”

The series will showcase skiers and snowboarders park skills based on a judging criteria of difficulty, amplitude, variety, and execution. At the end of the event, competitors can also vote on a Rider’s Choice winner. Each event will be broken down by class: beginner, intermediate, and advanced. Registration is $20 and will take place in the plaza from 8:30am to 10:00am. Registration also includes a raffle ticket to be entered to win the grand prize at the end of the series: a snowboard, pair of skis, or a 2016/17 Season Pass.

The Rail Jam will be a jam format heat broken down by class. The time limit will be determined the day of the event. The jam format allows for multiple competitors on the course at any given time. Competitors are given a set amount of competition time, instead of a predetermined number of runs, to take as many runs as possible.

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Grand Targhee Resort is a year round mountain resort situated on the western slope of the Tetons in Alta, Wyoming, accessible through Teton Valley, Idaho. Tucked among spectacular Teton views and national forest land, Grand Targhee is an intimate summer getaway for adventure-seekers, with miles of lift-accessed hiking, running and mountain biking trails, renowned music festivals and a variety of activities in a pristine high alpine environment. During the winter, the abundance of light powder snow (more than 500 inches annually) and virtual lack of lift lines creates an uncrowded skier and snowboarder paradise, continually recognized for great snow, genuine western hospitality, scenic beauty and excellent value. Grand Targhee is ranked in the top 5 Mountain Bike Parks in the Northwest by MTBParks.com. For more information, please visit our website at www.grandtarghee.com.

Contact: Jennie White
Marketing & Social Media
Grand Targhee Resort
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jwhite@grandtarghee.com