Montreal, Quebec, December 23, 2004--- Coalision, Inc. The competition dubbed by AXIS Magazine as, â€œThe most creative and progressive competition of the yearâ€? in 2003 returns to the West Coast Invitational at Mammoth, CA April 30 â€“ May 2, 2004 to once again redefine the term â€œcompetitionâ€?. A skate influenced course heavy on the jib, a new Team Competition Format, Film Competition, and prizes to include a Yamaha SX Viper Mountain Snowmobile, 42â€? Plasma Flat Screen TV, and a 2004 Apple G5 to name a few, provide the foundation for this Rider judged â€œanti-compâ€? to once again unite industry and athletes in the â€œThank Youâ€? event of the year.
â€œThe Masters is all about the athletes,â€? comments Jamie Brandon Team and Event Manager for Orage. â€œItâ€™s a day where these guys can come out and session a super innovative course, not feel burdened by the weight of comp pressure, enjoy the festival, and hopefully walk away with a sick dream prize. To us at Orage, itâ€™s the truest representation of where skiing as a sport and culture can go and be at its most creative, progressive, and fun. You wonâ€™t find any JumboTrons here.â€?
Highlighting this years Masters is a newly introduced Team Format. The concept of a Team competition is the result of athlete requests and a never-ending pursuit of progression. Six Team Captains have been selected and in true grade school, pick-up kickball style, will be asked to pick a Team name, and 3 people who they think have the skills to help win those prizes. The 2004 Orage Masters team captains are; JP Auclair, Philou Poirier, Phil Belanger, Tanner Hall, Boyd Easley and Iannick B. The selection process will be conducted by Matt Levinthal of AXIS Magazine, in cooperation with the Team captains. Team uniforms, style and individuality are encouraged.
Judging will once again be conducted by the athletes. Heat 1 will include Teams 1,2,3 while Teams 4,5,6 look on to nit-pick, heckle, and ultimately vote to eliminate a Team from Heat 1. At the close of Heat 1, Teams 4,5,6 will take to the snow while Teams 1,2,3 look on to judge and eliminate a Team. The process will go on in similar fashion until Heat 5 is left with 2 Teams battling head-to-head and their fate in the hands of the athletes from the days eliminated Teams. The winning Team then gets to head to the bottom where the 4 will partake in a vicious game of â€œrock-paper-scissorsâ€? to decide who gets first pick of the dream prizes.
An â€œAfter-Partyâ€? will be held at a bar in the new village at Mammoth and will also be the host to an Open film competition. Each Film crew at the 2004 Orage Masters is invited to put together a 3-minute segment of the dayâ€™s events and show it during the ensuing party. The segment that gets the loudest cheers has a film crew or filmer walking away with a dream prize of their own.
Newschoolers.com will also be partnering with this yearâ€™s Masters and will be covering the event from the ground up as it comes together over the course of the next 4 months. Team selections, course sketches and designs, prize specs, and many other behind the scenes details will be available for viewing pleasure. "The amount of creativity and originality in this event begs for coverage that is at the same level, so it was the perfect opportunity for us to showcase what we can do with the power of the internet. Our aim is to raise the bar for all events in the future and give everyone an in-depth look at every aspect of the Masters," says Chris O'Connell, Newschoolers.com's Director of Operations.
Mammothâ€™s West Coast Invitational, now in its third year, was developed to highlight the traditionally epic spring conditions at Mammoth. Again this year, the event will feature live music, parties, and great lift and lodging packages starting at $59 per person per night based on eight person occupancy in a two bedroom plus loft condominium. Restrictions apply. For reservations and more information call 800-mammoth.