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Ski Happy Photo Contest

Skiing makes us happy.

From the gear to the powder to the turns to the views to the fun with friends, and everything in between, skiing just makes us happy! For the second annual #SkiHappy photo contest we want to know what makes you smile on the slopes. To give you some incentive to share your favorite photos with us we’re giving away some awesome prizes!

Here’s how it works:

The contest runs for an entire month from January 15, 2016 to February 15, 2016. You may enter as many times as you’d like within that month long period, but each photo may only be used once (i.e. you may enter multiple photos, but not the same photo multiple times)

Step 1. ENTER.

For this year’s contest there are multiple ways to enter. Participants may enter by any one of the following four methods:

Upload a public photo to the SkiEssentials.com Facebook page. In the photo description you MUST tag @SkiEssentials.com, a participating sponsor (see below), and use the #SkiHappy tag. You may tag more than one sponsor and include any additional descriptions.
Upload a public photo to Twitter. In the photo description you MUST tag @SkiEssentials, a participating sponsor (see below), and use the #SkiHappy tag. You may tag more than one sponsor and include any additional descriptions.
Upload a public photo to Instagram. In the photo description you MUST tag @SkiEssentials.com, a participating sponsor (see below), and use the #SkiHappy tag. You may tag more than one sponsor and include any additional descriptions.
Entry Page:
You may also directly upload photos to a contest entry page which can be found both on SkiEssentials.com as well as the SkiEssentials.com Facebook page. When entering via an entry page must also use the #SkiHappy tag, the @SkiEssentials.com tag, and @ tag at least one additional sponsor. (see below)

Everyone who enters will receive a $25 coupon towards a purchase of $100 or more on SkiEssentials.com. Participants who enter via an entry page will automatically receive an email with a coupon. Those who enter through social media will be contacted within 24 hours of their time of entry with a coupon.

Step 2. VOTE and SHARE.

This is a very important step! The photo that receives the most votes will win one of our grand prizes, so make sure to share the contest gallery and ask your friends to vote! You must vote in the official contest gallery. You may vote once a day per facebook account, so keep sharing your photos throughout the contest! You can find the gallery of all images on any contest page, found on SkiEssentials.com and the SkiEssentials Facebook page. Encourage your friends to submit #SkiHappy shots of their own!

Step 3. WIN.

At the end of the contest our judging panel will determine winners within 14 days. Our panel of judges has specific criteria we’ll be looking at to determine prize winners, see official contest rules for details and full judging criteria (it’s all based on having fun and skiing happy!). For this year’s contest, instead of splitting it into multiple rounds, we have split the contest into multiple categories. You DO NOT have to choose a category when submitting a photo. Your photo(s) will be automatically considered for all categories including Grand Prize categories (see contest rules). The categories are as follows:

  • Kids
  • Pets
  • Scenic
  • Romantic
  • Selfie
  • Powder
  • Air
  • Terrain Park
  • Groomer
  • Apres Ski

Grand Prize Categories are:

  • Most Votes
  • Best in Show

The winners of each of the categories and the “Best in Show” grand prize category will be chosen by a judging panel made up of the staff of SkiEssentials.com and Stowe Area Association. The judging process will be 100% anonymous to eliminate any biases, etc.

There are prize packages for each individual category as well as two grand prizes.

Prizes for categories are as follows:

Kids, Pets, Scenic, Romantic, Selfie: Winners will receive a Spyder Core Sweater of choice, one pair of Poc goggles, one pair of Darn Tough Ultra-Light ski socks, and one pair of Gordini gloves.
Powder, Air, Terrain Park, Groomer, Apres Ski: Winners will receive a full set of Under Armor 2.0 Base Layers (top and bottom), one pair of Smith goggles, one pair of Seirus Heat Wave glove liners, one DryGuy ForceDry DX boot drier, and one Transpack boot bag.

Grand Prizes are as follows:

Most Votes: Ski boots of choice from Tecnica, Skis of choice from Blizzard.
Best in Show: 5 Night Stay and Ski package in Stowe for 2 including 5 nights of lodging in a condo at Stowe Mountain Resort, 5 days of lift tickets to Stowe Mountain Resort for two people, a $100 gift certificate to Piecasso Pizzeria and Lounge, and a $100 gift certificate to Sushi Yoshi.

Social Media Sponsor Tags

(remember, you must #SkiHappy, @SkiEssentials, and @one additional sponsor)


SkiEssentials.com Facebook @SkiEssentials.com
Twitter @SkiEssentials
Instagram @SkiEssentials

Stowe Area Association

Stowe Area Association Facebook @Go Stowe
Twitter @gostowe
Instagram @gostowe

Stowe Mountain Resort

Stowe Mountain Resort Facebook @Stowe Mountain Resort
Twitter @StoweMtResort
Instagram @stowemt


Blizzard Facebook @Blizzard Ski
Twitter @Blizzardski
Instagram @blizzardskis


Tecnica Facebook @Tecnica Skiboots
Twitter @TecnicaSkiBoots
Instagram @tecnicaskiboots


Spyder Facebook @Spyder Active Sports
Twitter @spyderactive
Instagram @spyderactive


Gordini Facebook @Gordini
Twitter @GordiniUSA
Instagram @gordniusa

Sushi Yoshi

Sushi Yoshi Facebook @Sushi Yoshi
Twitter #SushiYoshi
Instagram @sushiinstowe


Poc Facebook @Poc
Twitter @POCsports
Instagram @pocsports

Darn Tough

Darn Tough Facebook @Darn Tough Vermont Socks
Twitter @DarnTough
Instagram @darntoughvermont


Seirus Facebook @Seirus Innovation
Twitter @SeirusGear
Instagram @seirus_gear


Smith Optics Facebook @Smith Optics
Twitter @smithoptics
Instagram @smithoptics


DryGuy Facebook @DryGuy
Twitter #DryGuy
Instagram #DryGuy


Transpack Facebook @Transpack
Twitter #Transpack
Instagram #Transpack


Piecasso Facebook @Piecasso Pizzeria & Lounge
Twitter @piecassopizza
Instagram @piecasso

Under Armour

Piecasso Facebook @Under Armour
Twitter @underarmour
Instagram @UnderArmour

View Official Contest Rules Here