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