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Vancouver, British Columbia â€“ â€œLate Night,â€ the winning graphic that was chosen for the first round of the annual G3 Skigraphiks contest, will soon be available for purchase on special-edition G3 Highball skis through online retailer Backcountry.com. The first of four month-long competitions wrapped up in September and the second competition, which is held in affiliation with MountainGear.com, is underway through the month of October.
The SkiGraphiks competition, which has three more segments between now and December 31, encourages people to submit their graphic designs for a ski via the G3 Skigraphiks web site. The top four designs are produced in limited-edition G3 skis and are available for the public to buy through the four corresponding online retailers. The grand prize winner will be chosen once the final competition is completed.
The artist, Joel Taplin, was inspired to create a graphic that embodied late night camaraderie found after a good day of skiing. He used an wooden table from his childhood home near Sugarbush, Vt., to create the design.
â€œThe table itself was made by my dad, forty or so years ago from a mahogany crate he found on the docks in New York City,â€ said Joel. â€œThe Highball ski makes me think of sitting around with friends. I was drawn to the rings of glasses on the table, the evidence of a good time, and took it from there.â€
Self-employed as a custom furniture and picture frame maker with a degree in industrial design from Rhode Island School of Design, Joel is no stranger to creativity. He used his design experience to get creative with the process of making the Highball topsheet.
In order to have their designs considered, contestants submitted a topsheet graphic for the G3 Highball Ski via the Skigraphiks website and the public voted on their favorite design. The winning design, â€œ Late Night,â€ was one of the most popular among viewers on the contest site, was the favorite of Backcountry.com staffers, the co-sponsor of the first segment of the competition, and also deemed the best design by a panel of G3 judges.
The graphic will be printed on the Highball Ski, G3’s fattest ski of the 2011-2012 lineup. Taplin will take home a free pair of the skis and a limited number are now available for pre-order exclusively on Backcountry.com. Skis will be delivered to Taplin and others who order them within six weeks.
The first round of the contest closed on September 30, but G3 fans still have three more chances to win. The second round picked up on October 1 and participants have until October 31 to submit a new design, this time for G3’s Saint ski. That limited-edition ski will be sold exclusively through MountainGear.com.
This year’s challenge has four rounds, in concert with four partners — online retailers Backcountry.com, MountainGear.com and BentGate.com, and Backcountry Magazine online, each with a different G3 ski, so consumers have an opportunity to enter four competitions through December 31, 2011.
Here’s how it works: skiers can submit their designs at www.g3skigraphiks.com, the public gets to vote on them, and, like Taplin, the winner each month will get a pair of G3 skis with their graphic on the topsheet.
In addition, following each round of the competition, the skis will be available on a limited basis to the public. The online retailer affiliated with each respective month’s contest will take pre-orders for that particular limited-edition ski during the two weeks immediately after a winner is named. The skis will be delivered to anyone who buys it within six weeks of the close of ordering.
At the end of the contest, one of the designs will be chosen as Grand Prize winner by G3. The grand-prize winner, chosen two weeks after the last contest ends on December 31, will receive a ski package valued at over $1,400. The package will include a pair of skis with their winning top-sheet graphic, as well as G3 skins and G3 bindings. The skis will be shipped between six and twelve weeks after announcing each winner.
Based in Vancouver, B.C., G3 Genuine Guide Gear is manufacturer of industry-leading gear for backcountry skiing. It has been making avalanche safety equipment since 1995. The G3 product line includes skis, alpine-touring and telemark ski bindings, climbing skins, avalanche shovels, probes and other ski accessories. G3 was founded on the principle that gear built for backcountry guides should be manufactured to the highest standards, which has helped the company gain a reputation as an industry innovator. For more information, visit www.genuineguidegear.com or like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/genuineguidegear.