Seven Springs prepares for two major winter events

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Seven Springs is preparing to play host to two major events.

The Burton Mountain Festival, which will offer free snowboard demonstrations, Riglet Park activities for kids, terrain-park contests, a sponsor village, entertainment and giveaways, will be Jan. 31-Feb.2.

The U.S. Revolution Tour, “a progressive venue for top junior riders to take the competitive stage in halfpipe, slope style and skicross,” will follow Feb. 3-7.

The Burton Mountain Festival bills itself as “the most extensive, interactive snowboard demo experience in North America [that] features something for all ages.” Its Try Gear program gives riders a free opportunity to sample its 2014 snowboards, boots and bindings.

The festival will use Seven Springs’ Pirates Riglet Park to give children 3 and older a chance to experience snowboarding for the first time. . Certified snowboard instructors will teach children how to ride on mini-features, including boxes, ramps and rails. The “Knowbuddies,” Burton’s regional representatives, will host a “Know Contest” to reward snowboarders with giveaways for “pulling off the best tricks or just having the most fun.”

Jake Burton Carpenter, who founded the company in his Vermont barn in 1977, has dedicated his life to the sport. His wife, Donna Carpenter, is the president of their privately held Burlington-based company.

They watched snowboarding grow from a backyard hobby to a world-class sport by lobbying resorts to allow snowboarders access to their slopes and trails.

Information: www.7springs.com; www.burton.com/bmf.

The U.S. Revolution Tour is designed to serve as “a steppingstone” for athletes to make the transition from competing at the grass-roots level to the elite level. The series pre-qualifies a number of its participants, then opens registration to any athlete, but focuses primarily on those age 13-19.

The tour said the top winners may earn an invitation to compete in the U.S. Grand Prix, Junior Worlds, the United States of America Snowboard Association Nationals and take part in Project Gold Camps.

The snowboarding events for men and women will be Feb. 4-5; the skiing events Feb. 6-7. The registration fee is $100.

Information: www.7springs.com; www.ussnowboarding.com/events/revolution-tour.

Boyce Park races

The Adam Zebroski Memorial Race for skiers and snowboarders age 13-15 and 16-18 will be at 11 a.m. Sunday at Boyce Park. Plaques will be presented to the top three finishers in each category. Adam Zebroski, a ski instructor at Boyce Park, was killed by a drunken driver Aug. 13, 1985, the day after his 15th birthday.

The Mini-Junior Olympics for skiers and snowboarders age 5-6, 7-8, 9-10 and 11-12 will be at noon Sunday at Boyce Park. Registration for both begins at 10 a.m. in the lodge. . Proceeds from the $5 entry fee will benefit the Boyce Park Ski Patrol.

Information: 724-733-4656.

Hidden Valley

Seven Springs, which bought Hidden Valley effective Oct. 1, made a number of upgrades and welcomed its first snow sports enthusiasts Nov. 29. If you’ve skied/snowboarded/snowtubed at the resort this season, how was your experience?

I’d appreciate your comments on lift tickets, ski/snowboard lessons, rental equipment, snow reports, snowmaking, snow grooming, the operation of chairlifts and surface lifts, lift attendants, lift lines, restaurants, overnight accommodations, parking and anything else. Email comments to lwalsh@post-gazette.com.

Larry Walsh writes about recreational snow sports for the Post-Gazette.


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