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The SAM Terrain Park Contest is all about showcasing the creativity and hard work of park crew from around the world–and it has helped inspire the growth and progression of this now vital aspect of mountain resort operations.

Get your submissions together for the 15th annual SAM Terrain Park Contest. The three categories are: Features, Events, and Bread & Butter. Entries will be in the November issue of SAM. Submissions are due September 30, 2019.

Details and criteria for each category submission are below. Email your entry to sarah@saminfo.com

REMEMBER: The visuals (images/video) are important, we need high-resolution photos to highlight your work. What does high-resolution mean? A minimum of 3"x3" at 300dpi. (Email your photos to Sarah if you're not sure.) But it's not just the photos that are important, it’s also the stories behind each entry that makes this contest useful, inspiring, and interesting. All entries need to be from the 2018-2019 winter season (2019 season in the southern hemisphere).

We also want to get to know the team behind the build, so be sure to send us a photo of your crew, along with their names, for a chance for your team to be highlighted in SAM.

Terrain Park Feature

Your most unique, creative, and/or interesting feature of any size made from any material, including all snow. It doesn’t need to be the biggest and most complicated feature. If it has a great story behind it, it’s worth submitting.Info to include in the description (if available/applicable): location (large, medium, small park), dimensions, amount of time it took to fabricate/build and install, tools used to fabricate/build and install (including cats), who fabricated/built it, inspiration for it, why it was built, and any anecdotes about the feature that other park builders and resort operators would be interested in. Don’t forget a high-resolution photo or two and a video link if you’ve got one!

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Bread and Butter

The focus has shifted from building huge parks and features that only a handful of skiers and riders have the ability to hit, to building small and medium features just about anyone can have fun on. The goal is get more people enjoying the parks, and enjoying them responsibly. What: The most popular feature in your terrain park that gets hit by just about everyone—from core park rats to park newbies. Info to include in the description (if available/applicable): Why is it so popular? (this is the most important part) These features aren’t usually the sexiest elements in your park, but they get the most use. Also include: dimensions, amount of time it took to fabricate/build and install, tools used to fabricate/build and install (including cats), who fabricated/built it, inspiration for it, why it was built, and any other interesting anecdotes. Don’t forget a high-resolution photo or two and a video link if you’ve got one!

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Terrain Park Event

Anything that needs to be prepared for and attracts people to your park to specifically participate in it. Do special photo shoots count? Sure, because they often require a similar amount of preparation as a competition event and also attract people, i.e., talented skiers and riders. The event doesn’t need to be huge. Info to include in the description (if available/applicable): purpose of the event, amount of time it took to build for it, tools used to build it, amount of park crew that worked on it, any other interesting anecdotes. Don’t forget a high-resolution photo or two and a video link if you’ve got one!

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The winners of the 2018 SAM Terrain Park Contest are:

Bread and Butter: Tranny Fest (Thredbo, Australia)

Event: Sun’s Out Guns Out (WinSport, Alberta, Canada)

Feature: Bonfire Axe (Big Boulder, Pa., USA)

Category winners receive a prize pack provided by:

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Explore all of the fantastic submissions from last year by selecting a category below.

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