#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 1/26/18 to 2/26/18. The contest is split between 10 categories with two additional “grand prize” categories and 2 runner up prizes for 2nd and 3rd most votes. The categories are as follows:

  • Kids
  • Scenic
  • Selfie
  • Air
  • Groomer
  • Pets
  • Humor
  • Powder
  • XC/Touring
  • Portraits

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 Tecnica Group. 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, Scenic, Selfie, Air, Groomer:
Smith Goggles, Darn Tough Socks, Seirus Heatwave Liners, Transpack Boot Bag, Blackstrap Facemask, Blizzard/Tecnica Accessory

Pets, Humor:
Spyder Gloves, Marmot Featherless Jacket, Seirus Heatwave Liners, Skida Tour Headband, Blackstrap Facemask, Blizzard/Tecnica Accessory

Powder, Portraits:
Level Gloves, Marmot Featherless Jacket, Seirus Heatwave Liners, Skida Tour Headband, Blackstrap Facemask, Blizzard/Tecnica Accessory

XC/Tourng:
Rossignol BC 110 Skis and Bindings, Seirus Heatwave Liners, Blizzard/Tecnica Accessory

Grand Prizes are as follows:

Best in Show:
Skis and Boots of choice from Blizzard and Tecnica, POC Auric Helmet, Marmot Featherless Jacket, Transpack Boot Bag, Spyder Core Sweater, Seirus Heatwave Liners, Darn Tough Socks

Most Votes:
Skis and Boots of choice from Blizzard and Tecnica, Level Gloves, Marmot Featherless Jacket, Spyder Core Sweater, Transpack Boot Bag, Seirus Glove Liners, Darn Tough Socks

Voting Runner Up Prizes are as follows:

1st Runner Up:
POC Auric Helmet, Marmot Featherless Jacket, Skida Tour Headband, Seirus Heatwave Liners, Spyder Hat

2nd Runner Up:
Level Gloves, Marmot Featherless Jacket, Skida Tour Headband, Seirus Heatwave Liners, Spyder Hat

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 and use the #SkiHappy. You may include any additional descriptions.

Twitter:
Upload a public photo to Twitter. In the photo description you MUST tag @SkiEssentials and use the #SkiHappy. You may include any additional descriptions.

Instagram:
Upload a public photo to Instagram. In the photo description you MUST tag @SkiEssentials.com and use the #SkiHappy. You may 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 and the @SkiEssentials.com tag

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, or Inner Bootworks and/or (b) the immediate family members of 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.

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 26, 2018. 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.com, Blizzard Skis, Tecnica Boots, Smith Optics, POC, Darn Tough, Seirus, Spyder, Transpack, Rossignol, Level Gloves, Skida, Blackstrap, Marmot will use this database to create an emailing list of interesting material, news or special offers from their businesses SkiEssentials.com, Blizzard Skis, Tecnica Boots, Smith Optics, POC, Darn Tough, Seirus, Spyder, Transpack, Rossignol, Level Gloves, Skida, Blackstrap, Marmot respect your privacy. We will not give or sell your information to others without your permission..

Entry into this contest authorizes SkiEssentials.com, Blizzard Skis, Tecnica Boots, Smith Optics, POC, Darn Tough, Seirus, Spyder, Transpack, Rossignol, Level Gloves, Skida, Blackstrap, Marmot to use all photos submitted, unconditionally, and with all rights, copyrights, titles and interest in the photographs granted to SkiEssentials.com, Blizzard Skis, Tecnica Boots, Smith Optics, POC, Darn Tough, Seirus, Spyder, Transpack, Rossignol, Level Gloves, Skida, Blackstrap, Marmot, 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.com, Blizzard Skis, Tecnica Boots, Smith Optics, POC, Darn Tough, Seirus, Spyder, Transpack, Rossignol, Level Gloves, Skida, Blackstrap, Marmot 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.com, Blizzard Skis, Tecnica Boots, Smith Optics, POC, Darn Tough, Seirus, Spyder, Transpack, Rossignol, Level Gloves, Skida, Blackstrap, Marmot.

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 ENTRY PERIOD commences on January 26, 2018 and ends on February 26, 2018. 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, and/or any of our participating sponsors. All photos will be scored on a 10-point scale. There are 4 criteria upon which the photos are judged. Each photo’s final score will be based only on the average of all judges scores.

The criteria are:

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

When submitting their scores, each judges will also be required to submit the categories they believe the photo in question falls under. Each photo will be eligible to win any category that the judges submit. For example, if one judge submits a photo to the Kids category and another judge submits the photo to the Pets category, that photo is eligible to win either the Kids or the Pets category. Photos can only win one cateogry. If your photo was to have the highest score in one category you will be ineligible to win any of the other categories.

Each judge will score each photo criterion on a 0-10 scale. These scores will be averaged and the resulting score will be the final score.

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 7 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.

In addition to the judging there is also a 2 week public voting period from February 28, 2018 through March 13, 2018. We are awarding prizes to the 3 photos with the most votes, including one of our Grand Prizes for most votes. Anyone can vote in this two week period and you can vote for as many photos as you want, although you can only vote for each photo once per day per Facebook account.

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.com, Blizzard Skis, Tecnica Boots, Smith Optics, POC, Darn Tough, Seirus, Spyder, Transpack, Rossignol, Level Gloves, Skida, Blackstrap, Marmot 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.com, Blizzard Skis, Tecnica Boots, Smith Optics, POC, Darn Tough, Seirus, Spyder, Transpack, Rossignol, Level Gloves, Skida, Blackstrap, Marmot, 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.