First USASA event set at Ski Bluewood this weekend

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DAYTON - The United States of America Snowboard Association (USASA) Inland Northwest Series is coming to Ski Bluewood for the first time this weekend.

The event is open to skiers and snowboarders of all ages but competitors must be a member of the USASA.

On Saturday, Snowboard and Ski Slopestyle registration begins at 7:45 a.m. in the cafeteria at Ski Bluewood, followed by a practice session. Competition begin at 11:30 a.m. after a mandatory rider meeting.

The competition is open to both skiers and snowboarders of all ages, men and women, provided they are a member of the USASA. Competitors will be divided into age and sex categories. For a complete list of rules and regulations visit the

USASA website.

Slopestyle is where the competitors are judged on tricks including spins, grabs, grinds and flips. The amplitude achieved off jumps also affects the overall score of each competitor. Ski Bluewood has prepared for this event by constructing a special course as part of the Ski Bluewood Terrain Park.

Slopestyle will become an Olympic event at the 2014 games in Sochi, Russia.

On Sunday, the Border X and Skier X competition registration begins at 7:45 a.m. in the Ski Bluewood cafeteria. Competition begins at 11:30 a.m. following practice sessions and a mandatory rider meeting.

Skier X and Border X is a race to the finish. Courses are typically narrow and includes cambered turns, gap jumps, berms, drops, and steep and flat sections designed to challenge the riders' ability to stay in control.

Helmets are mandatory for all competitors, and USASA rules apply. Visit www.usasa.org for complete rulebook.

Cost is $25 per day. A USASA annual membership is $85 if not already a member, and $25 for a one-day membership. There is also a free one-time membership if you've never been a USASA member.

Spectators must have a valid lift ticket and ski or snowboard equipment to access the venue.

For more information, contact Ski Bluewood at 509-382-4725 or at info@skibluewood.com, or see website bluewood.com.

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