Amador Montemayor, Jack Phelan, and Robert Coz Win The 2017/18 Wild West Powder Quest

Pass Holders At Powder Alliance Resorts Receive 3 Days Each Plus A Chance To Win Great Prizes


(From Powder Alliance) Wrightwood, CA – May 23, 2018:  This season, pass holders from every Powder Alliance resort set out to search for the best snow possible in the 2017/18 Wild West Powder Quest.  Some spent days, other spent weeks.  There may have even been a few breakups but, when all was said and done, three lucky winners were rewarded for their love of their sport, Amador Montemayor, Zach Phelan, and Robert Coz.

Created by the Powder Alliance, the world's  premiere season pass cooperative, pass holders from Powder Alliance resorts are encouraged to visit all others (up to three times free) for their chance to win season passes, goodie bags, and a trip for two (2) to the Powder Alliance resort of their choice.  More than 100,000 guests were eligible to participate this winter.

Once entered at each Instagram post geotagged #WWPQ18 acted as an entry.  Limit one entry per resort.  The more resorts a guest visited, the better their chances of winning.  Powder Alliance resorts for 17/18 included Angel Fire, NM, Arizona Snowbowl, AZ, Bogus Basin, ID, Bridger Bowl, MT, China Peak, CA, Crested Butte, CO, Kiroro, Japan, La Parva, Chile, Mountain High, CA, Mt Hood Skibowl, OR, Schweitzer, ID, Silver Star, BC Canada, Snowbasin, UT, Stevens Pass, WA, Sierra At Tahoe, CA, Timberline, OR, and Whitewater, Canada.

This year's winners are:

Amador Montemayor:  4 days of lifts, lodging, and air fare for two (2)

Amador Montemayor, from China Peak, CA, has been snowboarding for 10 years and won the Wild West Powder Quest while taking time off to morn a fallen friend.  He visited 12 of the 16 resorts and would have visited to the Canadian areas too, had there been more time.

Says Amador, "I once took a week off work and visited 8 different resorts in 9 days, traveled through 8 different states, cut through Yellow Stone, visited the Grand Canyon, and put more than 5,000 miles on my vehicle!"

For First Place Amador has chosen a 4-day vacation to Kiroro, Japan, which includes lift tickets, lodging, and airfare for two.  Congratulations Amador!

Says Amador, "I enjoyed all the Powder Alliance resorts, but my favorite spots had to be Timberline, Steven’s Pass and Schweitzer!  Maybe it was because we had a storm following us at all three locations, which made for supreme riding conditions."

Zack Phelan:  2018/19 Anytime Season Pass

Zack Phelan from Stateline, NV, took home an 18/19 Anytime Season Pass to his home resort, Sierra At Tahoe, for his 2nd place win in this year's Wild West Powder Quest.  When asked about his favorite moment, Phelan said, "Beginning my journey on the Powder Highway at Whitewater. My first experience was a bluebird, midweek powder day that did not disappoint.

Zack recently took up skiing again after a long hiatus since childhood and is now a daily skier.

Says Zack, "I love exploring new resorts and skiing as many as I can each season.  The Powder Alliance is the perfect resource to follow that aspiration."

Robert Coz:  Swag Bag (sweatshirt, t-shirt, hat, mug, stickers, and more)

Robert Coz began skiing China Peak, CA, in 1967, when boots were still made of leather and poles were made of bamboo.  In 1982 he let his heels free and has been telemarking ever since.  Thanks to the Powder Alliance, Robert was able to ski several new resorts this year including Crested Butte, which he now commemorates with an awesome gift bag filled with resort sweatshirts, stickers, hats, socks, beanies, and more.

Said Robert, "My best four powder days ever were at Whitewater, BC Canada.  What a ride!"

Says John McColly, Powder Alliance spokesperson, "The Wild West Powder Quest is the perfect way for Powder Alliance members to explore all 19 resorts (as of April 2018) and share their memories with family and friends.  Who knows?  Maybe you'll be the one on a trip of a lifetime next season."

The Wild West Powder Quest is set to resume this November so, for all you snow seekers who didn't participate this year, get a season pass to your favorite Powder Alliance resort and join the Quest.  It's free!  Powder Alliance members receive three free days (restrictions apply) at all participating areas making it easy to explore some of the world's deepest destinations without breaking the bank.  Tickets are generally free midweek and 50% off on weekends, non-holiday, but participants are encouraged to check the Powder Alliance website for specific resort restrictions, lodging specials, and travel discounts.

The Wild West Powder Quest is open to legal residents of the 50 United States, including the District of Columbia, ages 18 and over, and Canada, ages 19 and over.  Click here for official rules and regulations.   To learn more about the Powder Alliance and the Wild West Powder Quest visit or contact John McColly at 760-316-7803 or

Angel Fire Resort, NM // Spencer Weimar, Marketing Manager, 575-377-4285,
Angel Fire Resort is located in New Mexico at the southern end of the Rockies amidst the spectacular Sangre de Cristo Mountains. With 76 trails and 3 terrain parks, there is something for everyone; from long and gentle groomers to steep and challenging hike-only runs. A top-notch Ski School, night-skiing, a tubing area, a nearby Nordic Center, and convenient slopeside lodging make Angel Fire Resort one of the country's most family-friendly winter destinations.

Arizona Snowbowl, AZ // Ryan Hartl, Resort Services Director, 928-214-4027,
Located on the majestic San Francisco Peaks, Arizona Snowbowl is just 7 miles outside of Flagstaff, Arizona, 2 hours from Phoenix, and 1 hour from the Grand Canyon. Originally founded in 1938, it is one of the oldest continually operated ski areas in the country. Arizona Snowbowl features 40 trails, 8 lifts including the new 6 person Grand Canyon Express, terrain
parks, snowmaking, on-mountain dining options and Ski Lift Lodge and Cabins. With a peak elevation of 11,500 feet, vertical drop of 2,300 feet, and average 260 inches of snowfall, Arizona Snowbowl is a true gem in the Southwest ski scene.

Bogus Basin, ID // Austin Smith,  Marketing/Program Coordinator, 949-836-4952,
Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area, located 16.5 miles North of downtown Boise, is a short drive from the airport and surrounding communities. The non-profit recreation area offers 2,600 acres of daytime skiable terrain and 165 acres for night skiing and riding; seven lifts and three people-mover carpets; and an 800-foot tubing hill. A hidden gem, the area boasts 91 named runs, an 1,800 foot vertical drop, and a Nordic center that offers 37 kilometers of groomed trail for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.

Bridger Bowl, MT // Doug Wales, Director of Marketing and Sales, 406-556-5675,
Ski the Cold Smoke at Bridger Bowl!   Located only 20 minutes north of the great ski town of Bozeman, Montana, this northern Rockies gem announces the addition of a new upper mountain chalet, named “Alpine Cabin”.  This warming and food service cabin will provide facility support to our 2 new triple chair lifts installed last season.  Bridger Bowl now offers expansive blue runs in addition to our well-known expert terrain.  Skiers and riders will find a 2,600′ vertical playground covering 2,000 acres of diverse terrain.  Daytime skier services provided with 4 day lodges, and in the university town of Bozeman, MT, you’ll find a wide assortment of lodging, dining and exciting nightlife options.  Find the best value ALL SEASON lift and lodging packages in North America at

Castle Mountain Resort, Canada // Jason Crawford, Sales & Mkt Manager, 403-627-5101,
Castle Mountain Resort (CMR) is located an exceptionally beautiful and snowy location in the Westcastle Valley of the Southwestern Alberta Rocky Mountains.  Authentic, unpretentious, welcoming, and pure, are words most commonly used to describe Alberta's snowiest resort.  Located 2.5 hours southwest of Calgary, Castle is the only resort in Alberta with drive-to, ski-in/ski-out accommodations. The resort is well known for the best continuous fall-line terrain in Canada and no shortage of powder (350 in, 900 cm's annually). Castle is Alberta's second largest resort, by acreage, taking skiers and riders back to the roots of our sport with uncrowded slopes, superb hospitality, and fixed grip lifts.  Closer to Heaven, Down to Earth…That's Castle.

China Peak, CA // Nick Cohee,  General Manager, 559-233-4974,
China Peak is located 65 miles east of Fresno, at Huntington Lake. The resort is an excellent midsize mountain offering 1,700 vertical and 1,400 acres of terrain with a variety to suit all levels.  Average snowfall is 325 inches and the longest run is 2.5 miles.  Lodging is just steps away at the Cozy Inn @ China Peak.

Kiroro, Japan // Scot Ennis, Vice President of Sales & Marketing, 970-497-6188,
Kiroro Snow World in Hokkaido Japan is a destination resort with modern facilities and infrastructure. Kiroro flies under the radar of the nearby high profile Hokkaido resorts, but the lack of crowds is an advantage for discerning powder hounds who want to make the most of the abundant snow and the tree skiing.  Kiroro consists of 1,200 acres spread over two peaks with 21 trails and 9 lifts.  Open since 2001, its traditional operating season runs from mid-November to early May.

La Parva, Chile // Thomas Grob, General Manager,
La Parva is one of the most exclusive ski destinations in the Andes Mountain Range.  Located just 90 minutes from Santiago International Airport, it is the closest ski resort to the country's capital.  La Parva is a beautiful mountain village where you can enjoy one of the best ski areas on the continent. Its slopes are recognized internationally since many of the best Olympic teams train there year to year.  In La Parva enjoy beautiful sunsets and the best gastronomy in a dream destination.  Get more at  

Loveland Ski Area, CA // John Sellers, Sales & Marketing Manager,
Perched high atop the Continental Divide 53 miles west of Denver, Loveland Ski Area features two base areas and 10 lifts serving 1,800 acres of remarkable terrain and free snowcat skiing in the Ridge Cat. Locals love the 422" of average annual snowfall, uncrowded slopes, a season that stretches from mid-October to early May and a laid-back vibe that you just can't find anywhere else. Find out why there's more to love at Loveland:

Ski Marmot Basin, AB Canada // Brian Rode, VP Marketing & Sales, 780-852-3816,
Marmot Basin proudly added 5 new runs on our Tres Hombres slope with 1,204 vertical feet (367 metres) of uninterrupted fall line for advanced skiers and snowboarders, which expands our diverse terrain on five mountain faces to 1,720 uncrowded, skiable acres (696 hectares).  The highest base elevation of any major ski area in Canada, combined with natural snowfall and snowmaking, provides great conditions from November to early May each season.  Virtually every location on the mountain is an inspirational viewpoint overlooking the protected wilderness of Jasper National Park, which gives visitors unique wildlife viewing opportunities as they travel 20 minutes to the mountain from Jasper or walk in the town.  Jasper is a world-class destination that offers a variety of accommodation, dining and nightlife options, while remaining an authentic, Canadian mountain town.  Learn more at

Mountain High, CA // John McColly, CMO, 760-316-7803,
Mountain High is Southern California's closest winter resort located just an hour and a half from Los Angeles and Orange County. The area consists of three separate mountains (Mountain High East, West, and North), and offers a wide variety of lifts and trails, a world-class terrain park, an outstanding Winter Sports School, and the region's largest tubing area.  Night skiing & snowboarding is available 7 nights-a-week peak season and snowmaking covers more than 80% of the slopes.  Mountain High has been the first resort to open in Southern California for the past 16 years and traditionally operates from mid-November to mid-April. Get more at

Mt Hood Skibowl, OR // Hans Wipper, Director of Marketing, 503-658-4385,
Mt. Hood Skibowl offers “the most night skiing terrain in North America” according to Ski Magazine, with 65 day runs and 34 night.  Less than an hour from Portland, Skibowl is known for some of the best terrain on Mt. Hood with a 4 minute ride to pure vertical and expertly groomed runs.  Intermediate and expert skiers are drawn to Skibowl’s night-lit black diamond runs and fresh snow in the 300 acre Outback.  Families and non-skiers can also enjoy winter fun at the Skibowl Snow Tube and Adventure Park featuring a conveyor lift to groomed tube hills, Frosty’s Play land, mini z snowmobiles, and more.

Sierra-at-Tahoe, CA // Steven Hemphill, Director Of Marketing and Sales, 530-543-3130,  Sierra-at-Tahoe is located just 10 miles West of South Lake Tahoe and boasts 480 inches of annual snowfall, 2,000 skiable acres including 320 acres of heart-pounding backcountry terrain out the Huckleberry Gates.  With a continued commitment to terrain parks, it is easy to see why TransWorld Snowboarding readers continue to name Sierra Top 10 Parks in the nation. More info at

Schweitzer, ID // Sean Mirus, Marketing Director, 208-263-9555 x2821,
Schweitzer Mountain Resort is quickly rising in the ranks of the nation's top destination resorts with 2900 acres of amazing terrain and renowned tree skiing.  Located in the rugged Selkirk Mountains of the northern Idaho panhandle and the northwest Rocky Mountains, Schweitzer overlooks the town of Sandpoint and Lake Pend Oreille.  Schweitzer is well known for its two massive bowls, uncrowded slopes, breathtaking views and amazing gladed terrain.  For more information on Schweitzer Mountain Resort visit

Silver Star, Canada // Kristy Jahn Smith, Marketing Manager, 250-558-6075,
Silver Star Mountain Resort is nestled in the heart of British Columbia's Thompson Okanagan region, less than a one-hour drive from Kelowna International Airport (YLW). A year round mountain destination, the resort offers 3,269 acres of varied skiable terrain, with an annual snowfall of more than 700 cm of dry B.C. interior powder. Award-winning Silver Star is recognized as being one of Canada's best family resorts. An intimate, colorful, mid-mountain village provides true slope side lodging. In summer, the Silver Star Bike Park is widely regarded as one of the premier downhill mountain bike facilities in North America. Get more at

Stevens Pass, WA // Chris Danforth, VP Marketing & Sales, 206-812-7855,
Stevens Pass Mountain Resort is located just 78 miles east of Seattle on the crest of the Cascade Mountain Range. Stevens averages 460 inches of snow annually, covering 1,125 acres of skiable terrain – including 50 major runs and numerous bowls, glades and faces.  The ski resort has a variety of terrain for every age and skill level.  Get more at

Sugar Bowl Resort, CA // Dave Rathburn, CMO
Located along the Pacific Crest of the Sierra Nevada Range, Sugar Bowl Resort is 11 miles west of the historic town of Truckee, California. With 500 inches of annual snowfall, 1,650 acres of diverse terrain, 12 lifts (including 8 quad chairs), and the only snowbound Village in America, Sugar Bowl is known for its long history, deep powder, short lift lines and being one of the closest Lake Tahoe ski resorts to the San Francisco Bay Area. Visit for more information.

Timberline, OR // John Burton, Director Of Marketing, 503-272-3345,
Timberline Lodge is located just 60 miles east of Portland, Oregon. Constructed in 1937, Timberline Lodge stands on the south slope of Mt. Hood at an elevation of 6,000 feet above sea level. This beautiful 55,000 square-foot National Historic Landmark is still being used for its original intent – a magnificent ski lodge and mountain retreat for everyone to enjoy. Timberline boasts the Northwest's largest vertical terrain with 3,690 vertical feet (from the top of Palmer to the bottom of Still Creek Basin).  The ski area has a variety of terrain for every age and skill level.  Normal winter operations run from November to the end of May.  Get more at

Whitewater, Canada // Rebeckah Hornung, Sales & Marketing Director, 250-509-1403,
Located along Canada's famous Powder Highway, high above the authentic mountain city of Nelson, British Columbia, lays Whitewater Ski Resort.  Where the simple things once again have meaning; Whitewater focuses on providing good quality snow, fresh in-house made meals, and genuine hospitality.  Often defined as "humble yet huge" the resort sees an average snowfall of 12 meters (40 feet) that blankets the playful terrain of steeps, deeps, chutes, bowls, glades and soft groomers all at a base elevation of 1650 meters (5400 feet). Whitewater is pure, simple and real…DEEP.  Get more at


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