Skiers Take Flight at Snowbird Gelande April 17-19


Snowbird, Utah – The North American Gelande Championships, presented by Dynastar and The North Face, will take place at Snowbird Ski & Summer Resort April 17-19. The classic contest features professional and amateur ski jumpers soaring hundreds of feet using alpine and telemark ski equipment.

 “Gelande is a fantastic event for both competitors and spectators,” said Snowbird President Bob Bonar. “Little Cottonwood Canyon has a rich history with gelande competitions, and watching skiers soar over 200 feet is not something you get to see every day.”

 Practice begins Friday, April 17, for all competitors. The official competition gets under way Saturday at 10 a.m. with two rounds of amateur and telemark jumps before the professional competitors take the hill. Final rounds in all divisions take place on Sunday, followed by an awards ceremony. Participants must sign up at the Activity Center on the Snowbird Center Plaza Deck before jumping.

 The gelande will be held on the Lower Willows run in Peruvian Gulch, which is visible from the Cliff Lodge, the Alta Bypass Road and trails within Snowbird. Admission is free and spectators are encouraged to attend. There will also be live music on the Snowbird Center Plaza Deck throughout the weekend.

 Skiers and riders who want to extend their ski season can take advantage of a number of ticket deals. Snowbird is offering a Spring Pass for $279 that is good thru the end of the 2008/09 season and discounted $62 Tram and chair tickets beginning April 13. Lodging packages, including Stay and Ski packages with Powder Perks discounts, for $99 per person/double occupancy, can be found at www.snowbird.com. Call (800) 453-3000 for more information or to book a reservation.

 Snowbird has received 597 inches of snow this season, including 117 inches in April. Offering Utah’s longest skiing and riding season, Snowbird is projected to close on Memorial Day, weather permitting.