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#SkiHappy Contest Official Rules


The SkiEssentials.com #SkiHappy contest is a month long photo contest. Participants will be able to enter as many times as they like from 1/15/15 to 2/15/15. The contest is split between 10 categories with two additional “grand prize” categories. 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 bootbag.

Grand Prizes are as follows:

Most Votes:
Ski boots of choice from Tecnica, skis of choice from Blizzard.

Best in Show:
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 at Stowe Mountain Resort for 2, a $100 gift certificate to Piecasso Pizzeria and Lounge, and a $100 gift certificate to Sushi Yoshi

NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT OF ANY KIND IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN THIS CONTEST.

Eligibility Contest is open to legal residents of the United States and Canada who are 18 years of age or older at time of entry. Participants may enter by one of three social media channels in the following manner:

Facebook:
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. You may tag more than one sponsor and include any additional descriptions.

Twitter:
Upload a public photo to Twitter. In the photo description you MUST tag @SkiEssentials, a participating sponsor (see below), and use the #SkiHappy. You may tag more than one sponsor and include any additional descriptions.

Instagram:
Upload a public photo to Instagram. In the photo description you MUST tag @SkiEssentials.com, a participating sponsor (see below), and use the #SkiHappy. You may tag more than one sponsor and include any additional descriptions.

Participants 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. Participants entering via an entry page must also use the #SkiHappy tag, the @SkiEssentials.com tag, and @ tag at least one additional sponsor (See below.).

SkiEssentials

Facebook @SkiEssentials.com
Twitter @SkiEssentials
Instagram @SkiEssentials

Stowe Area Association

Facebook @Go Stowe
Twitter @gostowe
Instagram @gostowe

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

Poc

Facebook @Poc
Twitter @POCsports
Instagram @pocsports

Darn Tough

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

Seirus

Facebook @Seirus Innovation
Twitter @SeirusGear
Instagram @seirus_gear

Smith

Facebook @Smith Optics
Twitter @smithoptics
Instagram @smithoptics

DryGuy

Facebook @DryGuy
Twitter #DryGuy
Instagram #DryGuy

Piecasso

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

Gordini

Facebook @Gordini
Twitter @GordiniUSA
Instagram @gordniusa

Sushi Yoshi

Facebook @Sushi Yoshi
Twitter #SushiYoshi
Instagram @sushiinstowe

Entry by mail, e-mail, and any means other than the methods specified above is prohibited and will not be considered as an official entry. The contest is not open to: (a) employees of SkiEssentials.com, Pinnacle Ski and Sports, Inner Bootworks, or Stowe Area Association (b) the immediate family members or persons residing in the same household as those persons identified in (a) above. Each winner is subject to proof of eligibility. Void where prohibited or restricted by law.

Entries are limited to a total of one (1) per photograph. SkiEssentials will reject subsequent entries of a duplicate photo. There are no limits on how many photographs one person may enter into the contest. SkiEssentials will reject any entries that have questionable moral connotations, as determined solely by SkiEssentials. All decisions by SkiEssentials to reject or accept entries will be firm and final.

Participants who successfully enter the Ski Happy Photo Contest will receive a promo code for $25 off a purchase of $100 or more on Skiessentials.com. One promo code per person. Cannot be combined with any other offer. If entering through an entry page the promo code will be emailed within 24 hours of photo submission, along with confirmation that the contest entry was received and the photo added to the contest gallery. If entering via social media you will be contacted via that respective social media channel within 24 hours with your coupon and confirmation of entry.

Skiessentials is not responsible for entries that are corrupted or otherwise illegible. Skiessentials is not responsible for lost, late or misdirected entries. No entries will be accepted after 11:59pm (EST) on February 15, 2016. All entries shall become the sole property of SkiEssentials and will not be acknowledged or returned. By entering, participants acknowledge compliance with these Official Rules, including all eligibility requirements. Entry into this sweepstakes authorizes SkiEssentials to add participant information into the SKI HAPPY PHOTOGRAPHY CONTEST database. SkiEssentials, Stowe Area Association, Stowe Mountain Resort, Blizzard, Tecnica, Spyder, Poc, Darn Tough, Seirus, Smith, and Dryguy will use this database to create an emailing list of interesting material, news or special offers from their businesses. SkiEssentials, Stowe Area Association, Stowe Mountain Resort, Blizzard, Tecnica, Spyder, Poc, Darn Tough, Seirus, Smith, and Dryguy respect your privacy. We will not give or sell your information to others without your permission.

Entry into this contest authorizes SkiEssentials, Stowe Area Association, Stowe Mountain Resort, Blizzard, Tecnica, Spyder, Poc, Darn Tough, Seirus, Smith, and Dryguy. to use all photos submitted, unconditionally, and with all rights, copyrights, titles and interest in the photographs granted to SkiEssentials, Stowe Area Association, Stowe Mountain Resort, Blizzard, Tecnica, Spyder, Poc, Darn Tough, Seirus, Smith, and Dryguy, free from any claims whatsoever by the Photographer. The photos may be combined with other images, text and graphics, and cropped altered or modified by SkiEssentials, Stowe Area Association, Stowe Mountain Resort, Blizzard, Tecnica, Spyder, Poc, Darn Tough, Seirus, Smith, and Dryguy staff or Assigns. Entry into this contest is acknowledgement that photographer has gained permission to use the likeness of any person depicted in the photograph, and that permission is also granted to SkiEssentials, Stowe Area Association, Stowe Mountain Resort, Blizzard, Tecnica, Spyder, Poc, Darn Tough, Seirus, Smith, and Dryguy.

All photographs submitted will automatically be entered into consideration for all categories including the Grand Prize categories.

Selecting the Winners

The SKI HAPPY PHOTOGRAPHY CONTEST commences on January 15, 2016 and ends on February 15, 2016. The total number of eligible entries received will determine the odds of winning. Judging will be completed within 10 days of the contest end date, the judging process is conducted as follows:

There will be five judges made up of staff of SkiEssentials.com, Pinnacle Ski and Sports, Inner Bootworks, Stowe Area Association, and/or any of our participating sponsors. All photos will be scored on a 150-point scale. There are 5 criteria upon which the photos are judged, with each criterion being worth 10 points. Each photo’s final score will be based only on the 3 criteria for which it receives the highest total points.

The criteria are:

  1. Number of Contest Votes
  2. Quality of Aesthetics
  3. Quality of Content/Subject Matter
  4. Overall Happiness Conveyed by the Photo.
  5. Overall Impression.

When submitting their scores judges will also be required to submit at least 3 categories they believe the photo in question falls under. You may submit a photo that our judges decide fits best in Kids, Pets, and Scenic (for example). If your photo was to have the highest score in the Kids category you will be ineligible to win any of the other categories.

Each judge will score each photo in each criterion on a 0-10 scale. Then, for each photo, the score will be calculated by:

  1. Adding the total of all judges scores for each of the five criteria. (Resulting in a score between 0-50 for each category)
  2. Eliminating the two lowest total category scores received by the photo.
  3. Adding the total points from the three highest scoring categories. (Resulting in a score between 0-150 for the photo)

*In the likely event that there is a tie for the top score, all photos receiving the top score will be scored on the total points received by all 5 judge’s HAPPINESS METERs added together. The highest overall HAPPINESS SCORE will be the winner.

**In the event that there is another tie for the top HAPPINESS SCORE, all photos receiving that top score will have their highest and lowest happiness meter scores dropped, and their middle 3 happiness scores will be averaged. The highest average happiness score will be the winner.

***In the event that there is still a tie for top score, the winner will be the top scoring photo that also received the most likes on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.

The contest winner of each category will be notified in writing, via email, via social media, in addition to a public announcement on all social media channels on or within 14 days of the contest’s end date. Upon notification, the winner must respond by telephone to the Skiessentials contact given in the notification email to confirm identity and eligibility. If there is no response from the potential winner within 14 days of the notification, or the potential winner fails to properly confirm their identity, the next highest scoring photograph will become the winner will be selected at random from the remaining eligible entries.

Additional Terms and Conditions

The contest prize is non-transferable. No cash will be awarded. Skiessentials will make arrangements for the fulfillment of all prizes. Tax and gratuity is not included in the grand prize. The contest winner may be required to sign an affidavit of eligibility and release of SkiEssentials, Stowe Area Association, Stowe Mountain Resort, Blizzard, Tecnica, Spyder, Poc, Darn Tough, Seirus, Smith, and Dryguy and their respective employees and agents from any and all liability, claims, demands, and causes of action for personal injury and/or damage, theft, or loss suffered in connection with this contest.

The value of the prizes may be taxable as income. Upon receipt of the contest prize, the winner is required to comply with any and all applicable federal, state and local tax laws and pay all such taxes as becomes due with respect to the contest prize. The winner will agree to indemnify and hold harmless SkiEssentials, Stowe Area Association, Stowe Mountain Resort, Blizzard, Tecnica, Spyder, Poc, Darn Tough, Seirus, Smith, and Dryguy, their employees and agents from and against any liability for such taxes. Winners agree to adhere to laws of contest as governed by the state of Vermont.

Any violation of these official rules by the winner will result in the winner’s disqualification as winner of the contest and all privileges as winner will be immediately terminated. Skiessentials reserves the right to disqualify any individual it finds to be tampering with the entry process or the operation of the contest; to be acting in violation of the Official Rules. If for any reason the contest is not capable of running as planned, including the loss of entries by participants, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of this contest, or any other causes beyond the control of Skiessentials, Skiessentials reserves the right at its sole discretion to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the contest.

By participating in the contest, entrants agree to be bound by these rules and by the decisions of Skiessentials, which are final in all matters relating to this sweepstakes.