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Collegiate Snowfest: Let the party begin!

College! The Beast will host college students from near and far for two weeks of the Collegiate Snowfest & Winter Games. The Winter Games kick off the events Jan. 2-6. Then, the Snowfest continues the party through Jan. 13.

"Students have such vibrant energy," said The Beast. "It's infectious and it's wonderful to see on the hill-and in the bars for the after parties. These guys never tire!"
On the mountain college students will compete in a series of events including the Alpine Pursuit, King of the Mountain challenge and Cardboard Derby.

The Alpine Pursuit kicks off the games on Tuesday, Jan. 3. This is an all-mountain, resort-wide scavenger hunt for teams of three to four. Each member must be a Blue Square or above level skier/rider to enter. The Beast thoroughly enjoys watching students rush to and fro to win the top prizes!

Wednesday, Jan. 4, is the King of the Mountain Skilled Race. Ever see "Out Cold" the 2001 snowboard comedy? Well, it's one of The Beasts favorites, and this event is crafted around the competition in that film. Skiers and riders will race around gates while carrying a cup filled with Monster Energy Drink. Contestants will be judged equally on time and the amount of Monster Energy left in their cup.

Following the race is the Sled Building Party for the Cardboard Derby, which will be held the next day, Thursday, Jan. 5. The Beast will provide all the materials. Creativity is required because all you get is cardboard, tape, zip ties and paint.

The Derby awards creativity, function and design. Teams will race crafts on a moderate course and be judged on artistic merit, technical innovation, school spirit and race result.

In addition to the on-mountain events this week, the Town of Killington and local businesses are offering students discounts at restaurants, nightclubs and retail shops.

So bring your college ID and get ready to party college-style all day and night with other crazy student looking for mountains of fun!

Not a college student, that's ok, neither is The Beast (per se) you can still be invigorated by their contagious energy on- and off-mountain.

The Beast is also growing increasingly excited for the Dew Tour coming up Jan. 19-22. Snow making on Bear Mountain is underway and the Olympic size superpipe is beginning to take shape!

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A scene from the 2001 ski flick, Out Cold, touted as "Animal House on Ice!"


Article Photo: George Herpel and Michael Kirkland, on a break from Middlebury College a few years ago, strike an excited pose before hitting the slopes of Killington.

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