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Park City to celebrate World Snowboard Day Sunday

Christopher Kamrani, The Park Record

Maxwell Morrill has been snowboarding for the last 26 years, and he wants to share one of his passions with the entire globe. So Morrill is continuing a tradition he started last year, organizing a local event for World Snowboard Day on Dec. 18.

From Croatia to Switzerland, from China even to Johannesburg, South Africa, cities and countries around the world are embracing the one day a year when snowboard enthusiasts can come together and celebrate the sport they love. As of Friday morning, 163 different events in 36 countries were scheduled to celebrate the sixth edition of World Snowboard Day Sunday.

"We embrace locally this event because it speaks to our core," said Morrill, owner of MM events. "I’m really passionate about this event."

The local festivities include a demo day, snowboarding contests, product testing, environmental awareness and a pre-party that is scheduled for 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. tonight at The Sidecar on Main Street. The pre-party will also feature local music and deejays and a lottery for prizes.

"That’s going to be a really great way to celebrate the kickoff," Morrill said.

The schedule for World Snowboard Day Sunday features a "Poker Ride Rally" at Canyons resort. According to Morrill, snowboarders can sign up for the rally that will feature riders passing through five designated stops at the resort and picking up a playing card at each location. Once riders have five cards, they will show their hands at the bottom of the hill and the three best hands will win prizes.

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Registration for the Poker Ride Rally will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Sunday at Canyons and the actual contest will run from noon to 2 p.m.

"Rather than jib contests or riding rails or halfpipes, we wanted to do something different and fun," he said.

Morrill said World Snowboard Day teamed up with Canyons to offer discounted $40 lift-tickets for event participants. He said there will be a plethora of on-site vendors and even a post-ride mix up at 3 p.m., where prizes will be awarded to the first- second- and third-place finishers.

"It’s a great way to enjoy the mountain environment we all love," he said. "It’s all about celebrating the sport of snowboarding and being aware of and respecting the environment."

Morrill said he anticipates more participants and hopes as many snowboarders as possible make it to Canyons Sunday.

"It’s pretty cool," he said. "Everyone is really rallying around this cause and this year it’s going to be bigger than ever."

For more information on World Snowboard Day, visit http://www.world-snowboard-day.com.

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