The SAM Terrain Park Contest is all about showcasing the creativity and hard work of park crews from around the world. Over the years, we’ve received hundreds of entries in the two categories—Terrain Park Events and Features—that have helped inspire the growth and progression of this now vital aspect of mountain resort operations.
As terrain parks evolve, so too does this contest. And, like terrain parks, it’s evolving progressively.
This year, you have the opportunity to submit content for Terrain Park Feature, Terrain Park Event, and—new this year—“Bread and Butter.”
DEADLINE EXTENDED- SUBMISSIONS ARE DUE BY FRIDAY, OCT. 5!
Submitting something for any of the categories is super easy. All you do is send us an email by clicking on one of the links below. Each category description tells you the specific info to include.
REMEMBER: The visuals (images/video) are important, but it’s the stories behind each entry that makes this contest useful, inspiring, and interesting. All entries need to be from the 2017-18 winter season (2018 season in the southern hemisphere).
What: 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-res photo and/or video link!
NEW! 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. Why?
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-res photo and/or video link!
What: 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. For example, last year’s event winner, The Scott DelForte Park Jam, won because it’s not only a great park event, but also serves a great purpose of raising funds to get more kids on snow.
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-res photo and/or video link!
All entries will go on saminfo.com, and many will appear in the November issue of SAM Magazine. Any questions, reach out to email@example.com.