Smokin' Aces Tour @ Big Sky Resort March 24th-25th

“I love Montana. For other states I have admiration, respect, recognition, even some affection.  But with Montana it is Love.” This famous quote from John Steinbeck resonates deeply in the foundation of the Smokin’ Aces Tour! With the tour originating out of the shadows of a dying competitive freeride scene in the Northern Rockies, the 2014 Smokin’ Aces Tour took the region by storm! With stops at Big Sky Resort, Great Divide Ski Area and Whitefish Mountain Resort the revolution known as the Smokin’ Aces Tour gained a foundation in which we would continue to build on.  Now in its four season of operation the Smokin’ Aces Tour has become the largest competitive tour in the Northwest United States.  Over the years one thing has not changed within the tour.  That is our stop at Big Sky Resort.  This continues on evening of March 24th with the Wild Card Rail Jam, and continues into the weekend with the 2017: Smokin’ Aces Tour: Montana Championship Slopestyle.

                           2016 Smokin' Aces Tour Awards Ceremony - Big Sky Plaza

We will be breaking down all the information you may need to particiapte, spectate and enjoy the 2017 Smokin’ Aces Tour stop at Big Sky Resort.  This post is based off a collaboration of information from both Big Sky Resort and the Smokin’ Aces Tour.  If you have any further questions about resort operations, please direct them to Big Sky Resort.  If you have any questions about the event, please direct them towards the Smokin’ Aces Tour.  We are excited to bring the biggest freeride series in the Northwest to the biggest resort in the Northwest!!!  We will see you all at Big Sky Resort!


2017 SMOKIN’ ACES TOUR: WILD CARD RAIL JAM

REGISTRATION:
Online registration is open until 11:59 pm on Thursday, March 23rd.  You can find registration at www.smokingacestour.com/registration

Day of registration/check-in will happen from 3:00pm-4:30pm at the Event HQ located at the bottom of the Swifty 2.0 Terrain Park.  The Swifty 2.0 Terrain Park is located at the adjacent to the bottom of the Swift Current Chairlift in the village are of Big Sky Resort.

All competitors who registered online must check-in before the event. 

***ALL COMPETITORS UNDER THE AGE OF 18 YEARS OLD MUST HAVE A WAIVER SIGNED BY A LEGAL GUARDIAN.***

DIVISIONS:
Amateurs
Women’s
Open

*all divisions have separate classes for skiers and snowboarders


EVENT VENUE:
The 2017 Smokin’ Aces Tour: Wild Card Rail Jam will take place in the Swifty 2.0 Terrain Park adjacent to the bottom of the Swift Current Chairlift in the Village Area of Big Sky Resort.  The event will be utilizing all of the features present in the venue.  This means there are dozens of options and creative lines to be taken on by our competitors.  

Spectators are encouraged to come up to the venue and watch from the sides of the course.  Please respect all requests, closures or fixed routes that may be presented by Big Sky Resort.  Spectators must stay outside of the venue.  This goes for all videographers or photographers (amateur and professional alike)  that have not already gained clearance from either Big Sky Resort or Smokin’ Aces Events.

COMPETITOR TICKETS:
Competitors must have a ticket to access Swift Current Chairlift during the times of mountain operations.  You are allowed to hike the venue from 3:00pm through the end of the event, but you must have your Smokin’ Aces Tour Bib on.  There is no need to purchase a ticket to compete in this event.  Smokin’ Aces Events suggests that all competitors train in the venue throughout the day.  There is no discounted price on tickets for this day.

TRAINING:
The venue will be open before the vent for competitors to inspect the course, and have time to practice.  Smokin’ Aces Events greatly suggests all competitors to familiarize themselves with the event venue prior to the event.  Swifty 2.0 will be open to the public during the regular mountain operation hours.  At 4:00pm the venue will be closed to competitor training only.  At this time MANDATORY HELMET AND BIBS ON ALL COMPETITORS.  Training will be open until 4:45pm.

COMPETITION FORMAT:
Each division will have a 30 minute open jam in the venue.  We will do a 30 minute skiing jam, followed by a 30 minute snowboarding jam.  We will then be selecting the top riders in each division to move on to the finals (official number of competitors will be based on size of the divisions).  We will then do a 30 minute jam session with both skier and snowboarders together.  Judges will be looking for competitors to have a variety of tricks, to use the course creatively, perform difficult tricks and have an overall smooth style.  If you have any questions, please direct them to the Chief of Course, Steve Knox.

FILMING/PHOTOGRAPHY:
Smokin’ Aces Events and Big Sky Resort please ask all spectators to staff off the event venue during training and the event.  You may shoot photos and video, but it must be done from the outside of the closure rope.  Only authorized individuals can access the venue during training and competition.

PARKING:
Big Sky Resort offers an array of parking options.  From pay parking to free parking. A shuttle running continuously from the many parking lots  the mountain to the village is also available.  Smokin’ Aces Events suggests that all competitors get to the hill early in the morning before parking fills up.

LODGING:
HUNTLEY LODGE
Nights                                            1          2          3         4
First Class (2-4 guests):   $233   $233   $258   $283
Mtn. View 2-4 guests:       $253   $253   $278   $303
SHOSHONE CONDOMINIUMS
1-Bedroom Suite (2-6 guests):  $389/night
BIG HORN CONDOMINIUMS
3-Bedroom (6-8 guests):  $457/night
STILLWATER CONDOMINIUMS
Studio (2-4 guests):  $171/night
1-Bedroom (2-4 guests):  $220/night
1-Bedroom + Loft (4-6 guests):  $288/night
 2-Bedroom (4-6 guests):  $299/night
All lodging reservation must be made by calling into Big Sky Resort Lodging at (406) 548-4469.  Refer the receptionist to “Smokin’ Aces” to receive the above rates.  All rooms are subject to availability.  The quicker you get your deal the more likely there is avilibilty.


EVENT SCHEDULE:
This schedule is tentative and is subject to change at any point.
-    Day Of Registration/Check-In – 3:00pm-4:30pm – Event HQ (Bottom Of 2.0 Park)
-    Course Inspection/Training – 3:00pm-4:45pm – Swifty 2.0 Terrain Park
-    Mandatory Competitor Meeting – 4:45pm-5:00pm – Top of Event Venue
-    Skiing Open Jam – 5:00pm-5:30pm – Swifty 2.0 Terrain Park
-    Snowboarding Open Jam – 5:30pm-6:00pm – Swifty 2.0 Terrain Park
-    Skiing/Snowboarding Finals – 6:15pm-6:45pm – Swifty 2.0 Terrain Park
-    Awards Ceremony – 7:00pm-7:30pm – Event HQ (Bottom of 2.0 Park)

2017 SMOKIN’ ACES TOUR: Montana Championship Slopestyle

REGISTRATION:
Online registration is open until 11:59 pm on Friday March 24th.  You can find registration at www.smokingacestour.com/registration

Day of registration/check-in will happen from 8:30am-11:30am in the North Mammoth Room located on the upper level of the Mountain Mall Building.  Competitors may also check-in/register for the event at the registration table the night before at the Wild Card Rail Jam. Competitors who sign up the night before are responsible for their bibs, if they lose their bib they will have to pay a $50 fee to gain a new bib.  No exceptions.

All competitors who registered online must check-in before the event. 

***ALL COMPETITORS UNDER THE AGE OF 18 YEARS OLD MUST HAVE A WAIVER SIGNED BY A LEGAL GUARDIAN.***

DIVISIONS:
13 & Under
14 & Over
Women’s
Open

*all divisions have separate classes for skiers and snowboarders


EVENT VENUE:
The 2017 Smokin’ Aces Tour: Wild Card Rail Jam will take place in the Swifty  Terrain Park directly underneath the Swift Current Chairlift.  Smokin’ Aces will be making the final call on what will be included and excluded from the event venue.  Please refer to the Mandatory Competitors Meeting for finalized information.

Spectators are encouraged to come up to the venue and watch from the sides of the course.  There is NO UPHILL TRAFFIC to access the venue.  Spectators must first purchase a lift ticket to access the venue.  Please respect all requests, closures or fixed routes that may be presented by Big Sky Resort.  Spectators must stay outside of the venue.  This goes for all videographers or photographers (amateur and professional alike)  that have not already gained clearance from either Big Sky Resort or Smokin’ Aces Events.

COMPETITOR TICKETS:
Lift tickets will be available to the Smoking Aces competitors at the discounted rate of $45 for junior competitors 11-17, a rate of $67 for adults age 18 or older – on the day of the event only and only to Smoking Aces competitors. This rate does not include a three percent (3%) resort tax. 


TRAINING:
The venue will be open before the vent for competitors to inspect the course, and have time to practice.  Smokin’ Aces Events greatly suggests all competitors to familiarize themselves with the event venue prior to the event.  Smokin’ Aces will wait to open the course to training until all preparation and maintenance from Big Sky Terrain Parks is completed.  Around 9:30am the venue will be opened for competitor training only.  At this time MANDATORY HELMET AND BIBS ON ALL COMPETITORS.  Training will be open until 11:30am.

COMPETITION FORMAT:
Each competitor will be given two runs through the course.  At this point they will be given a score by three judges throughout the course.  Judges will be looking for competitors to have a variety of tricks, to use the course creatively, perform difficult tricks and have an overall smooth style.  Final results will be calculated by each competitors best score out of their two runs.  If you have any questions, please direct them to the Chief of Course, Steve Knox.

FILMING/PHOTOGRAPHY:
Smokin’ Aces Events and Big Sky Resort please ask all spectators to staff off the event venue during training and the event.  You may shoot photos and video, but it must be done from the outside of the closure rope.  Only authorized individuals can access the venue during training and competition.

PARKING:
Big Sky Resort offers an array of parking options.  From pay parking to free parking. A shuttle running continuously from the many parking lots  the mountain to the village is also available.  Smokin’ Aces Events suggests that all competitors get to the hill early in the morning before parking fills up.

EVENT SCHEDULE:
This schedule is tentative and is subject to change at any point.
-    Day Of Registration/Check-In – 8:30am-11:30am – North Mammoth Room (Mountain Mall Building
-    Course Inspection/Training – 9:30am-11:20am – Swifty Terrain Park
-    Mandatory Competitor Meeting – 11:45am-12:00pm – Top of Event Venue
-    Competition: 12:00pm-3:00pm – Swifty Terrain Park
-    Awards Ceremony – 4:30pm-5:30pm – Big Sky Plaza

2017 Smokin' Aces Tour: Idaho Championship Slopestyle Event Info

Come one…. Come all! This Saturday the circus known as the 2017 Smokin’ Aces Tour comes to the slopes of Schweitzer Mountain Resort! This is not your regular circus.  We have swapped a big top tent for a terrain park filled with massive jumps and creative jib features.  We have swapped trapeze artists for high flying skiers and snowboarders.  The 2017 Smokin’ Aces Tour: Idaho Championship Slopestyle is bringing the best skiers and snowboarders in the Northwest United States into the Stomping Grounds Terrain Park for a high flying show of skill and grace on snow.  

This post will give you all the information you would need to know about the 2017 Smokin’ Aces Tour: Idaho Championship Slopestyle this Saturday, February 25th! If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us.  We are very friendly clowns and love to make sure everyone knows what is going on.

REGISTRATION:
Online registration is open until 11:59 pm on Friday, February 24th.  You can find registration at www.smokingacestour.com/registration

7B Board Shop will be hosting a Pre-Registration Party on Friday from 5:00pm-7:00pm.  During this time, competitors can get registered, sign all necessary documents and check-in.  All Smokin’ Aces Tour competitors will also receive sales prices on merchandise in 7B Board Shop during the event.  Make sure to come down and get signed up the day before the event.  This way you can wake up and shred, and not have to deal with the chaos that we all know as day of registration.  

Day of registration/check-in will happen from 8:30am-11:00am in the bottom floor of the Lakeview Lodge in the Season Pass Sales area.  At this time you can take care of all registration needs.  We accept cash, check and cards at the day of registration.  The Lakeview Lodge is located at the northern most part of the Schweitzer Mountain Resort Village.

All competitors who registered online must check-in before the event.  You may do this at either the 7B Board Shop Pre-Registration Party, or you can do it at day of registration up at Schweitzer.  

***ALL COMPETITORS UNDER THE AGE OF 18 YEARS OLD MUST HAVE A WAIVER SIGNED BY A LEGAL GUARDIAN.***

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DIVISIONS:
13 & Under - $35
14 & Over - $35
Women’s - $35
Open - $40

*all divisions have separate classes for skiers and snowboarders

EVENT VENUE:
The 2017 Smokin’ Aces Tour: Idaho Championship Slopestyle will take place in the Stomping Ground Terrain Park.  To access this venue you must take the Basin Express Chairlift from the Schweitzer Mountain Resort village area.  Then you will take Gypsy down to the entrance of the venue.  All competitors must have a helmet and bib on to enter the venue.  All spectators are asked to come down the skier-left of the venue.  We feel the best place to watch the event from is adjacent to the Stomping Grounds Park Shack.  Our event MC will be announcing from there.  He is guaranteed to bring some excitement and entertainment to the event.

All uphill traffic must be first cleared with Schweitzer Mountian Resort staff.  Smokin’ Aces Events does not suggest spectators to walk up to the venue, because it puts more people at risk of injury.  Please contact Schweitzer Mountain Resort for more information about walking up to the event.

COMPETITOR TICKETS:
All competitors in the 2017 Smokin’ Aces Tour: Idaho Championship Slopestyle will receive a discounted day ticket price of $36 (7-17yrs) or $54 (18yrs & older) for the day of the event.  Competitors must first check-in to gain access to this ticket price.

TRAINING:
The venue will be open before the vent for competitors to inspect the course, and have time to practice.  Smokin’ Aces Events greatly suggests all competitors to familiarize themselves with the event venue prior to the event.  Training will begin when the Stomping Grounds Terrain Park Staff has finished all prep work and cleared the course for entry.  ALL COMPETITORS MUST HAVE THEIR HELMET AND BIB ON TO ENTER THE VENUE.

COMPETITION FORMAT:
Each competitor will be given two runs through the course.  They will be scored by three different judges on a scale of 0-10.  These scores will then be added up to get the official run score.  Judges will be scoring competitors based on skill, difficulty of tricks, execution, amplitude and overall impression.  Our judges are looking for competitors to not only do difficult tricks, but to implement style into them.  A sloppy 900 will always score lower than a stylish 720.  Judges are also looking for competitors to spin and slide rails both directions.  Versatility will score better than repetitive tricks.  The competitors final score will be the better score of their two runs.  Final results will be based on this score.  If you have any questions, please direct them to the Chief of Course, Steve Knox.

FILMING/PHOTOGRAPHY:
Smokin’ Aces Events and Schweitzer Mountain Resort please ask all spectators to stay off the event venue during training and the event.  You may shoot photos and video, but it must be done from the outside of the closure rope.  Only authorized individuals can access the venue during training and competition.

PARKING:
Schweitzer Mountain Resort offers an array of parking options.  From pay parking to free parking. A shuttle from the base of the mountain to the village is also available.  Smokin’ Aces Events suggests that all competitors get to the hill early in the morning before parking fills up.

LODGING:
Hotel Ruby Ponderay is offering discounted rates to all Smokin’ Aces Tour competitors and their families.  You must call in to get the discounted prices.  The promotional code is: SMOKE.  Their phone number is (208) 263-5383.  Availability is limited to what Hotel Ruby has.  Rates apply from 2/24-2/26.

EVENT SCHEDULE:
This schedule is tentative and is subject to change at any point.
-    Day Of Registration/Check-In – 8:30am-11:00am – Lakeview Lodge Season Pass Sales (Bottom Floor)
-    Course Inspection/Training – 9:30am-11:30am – Stomping Grounds Terrain Park
-    Mandatory Competitor Meeting – 11:45am-12:00pm – Top of Event Venue
-    Competition – 12:00pm-3:30pm – Stomping Ground Terrain Park
-    Awards Ceremony – 4:30-5:00pm – Taps Patio/Lakeview Lodge

Idaho Slopestyle Championship

Schweitzer Mountain Resort’s premier terrain park, The Stomping Grounds, will play host to the Idaho Slopestyle Championship next Saturday, February 25th.  The championship slopestyle event, put on by Smoking Aces Events, boasts a field of more that seventy athletes competing for cash, prizes and bragging rights in a judged freestyle competition format. 

Last winter Schweitzer Mountain Resort, Whitefish Mountain Resort and Big Sky Resort played host to the 2016 Smoking Aces Tour: A three stop freestyle competition series.  This winter the events have been narrowed down to two state championship events.  According to Billy Marcial, Smoking Aces Events Director, the move toward a festival style events helps increase sponsor interest and allows more skiers and snowboarders to compete. “The first year we started these events there were very few competitions in the region so it made sense to spread the events out over the winter. There are a more sanctioned events being organized now, like the recent USASA event at 49 Degrees North and Schweitzer Mountain Resort, which is a great sign of the growth in the sport.  Our Idaho and Montana Championship events are open to all athletes with no license or membership fees which allows for a really competitive event, a larger cash purse, and great prizes.  These events are open to all skiers and snowboarders and spectators are welcome.”

According to Marcial support from local businesses like 7B Boardshop in Sandpoint and major sponsors like American Bank of Montana and Whitefish Physical Therapy & Sport Center have made Smoking Aces the most well attended freestyle competitions in the region.  “The Smoking Aces events would not be possible if it were not for these sponsors and we are extremely thankful for their support.” Other sponsors of the event include Recycled Skateboards Int, Incline Optics, Proof Eye Wear, Deft Optics, Hotel Ruby Ponderay, Local Lifestyle, Glacier World Photography, Evan Brothers Coffee, Voke Tabs, Schweitzer Mountain Resort and Big Sky Resort.

The cost to enter the event is $40 for the Open Division and $35 for all other divisions.  Pre-registration is available online and there will be registration on the day of the event in the bottom floor of the Lakeview Lodge from 8:30-11:30am.  Training will take place all morning with the event scheduled to begin at 12:00pm. 

Welcome to the New Smokin' Aces Tour

We want to start off by officially welcoming everyone to another amazing skiing and snowboarding season. We are so excited for the 2017 Smokin' Aces Tour and want to share with everyone some of the reasons to get stoked!  With the Smokin' Aces Tour coming into its fourth season, the tour has now become a staple event series.  Over the past four years we have averaged 70 competitors per event.  That means a high level of competition, as well as a high level of riding.  We strive to make our events as rider friendly as possible.  Even in an industry rife with high expenses, we have strived to keep our entry fees low.  We have maintained our dedication to avoid silly membership fees and other overhead costs.  All skill levels are welcome to participate in our competitions and we welcome progression and style.  

Progression has become overused word within skiing and snowboarding alike; however,  we are striving for progression with our event formats.  We have gone back to the drawing board in the efforts to make the 2017 Smokin' Aces Tour a bigger and a better competitive experience for everyone.  We have made the move to host the 2017 Idaho Championship Slopestyle @ Schweitzer Mountain Resort on February 25th, and the 2017 Montana Championship Slopestyle @ Big Sky Resort on March 2015.  We will also be hosting the Wild Card Rail Jam @ Big Sky Resort on March 24th.  This event will be a night event in the Swifty 2.0 Terrain Park; just above the Big Sky Village.  While we are moving away from crowing a tour champion and instead we will be crowning state champions.  We will also be increasing the total prize purse at each event.  That means we will be giving away more gear, more money and more opportunities to win big!

With the changes in the tour come changes in each event.  We analyzed our competitor number numbers and made slight changes to our amateur divisions.  Here is a breakdown of our divisions (please keep in mind skiers and snowboarders will continue to compete separately):

13 & Under (Groms) // 14 & Over (Amateurs) // Open (Pros) // Women's

We believe these changes will increase the number of competitors per division, while maintaining a fair playing ground.  At first glance one may say you would have 14 year olds competing against 20 year olds... From our analysis of competitor numbers over past dozen events we have hosted we have seen a significant drop off of competitors over the age of 17 years old. These competitors are already participating in the Open Division.  We stress that these divisions are based more on skill level than age.  We have had competitors as young as 12 years old podium in the Open Division, and riders in the 20's put up scores that would have not resulted in a podium finish in the 13 & Under Division.  We suggest competitors choose the age divisions if they feel their skill level does not qualify them for the Open Division.