Winners Announced In Powder Alliance’s 2014/15 Wild West Powder Quest

Wrightwood, CA – May 19, 2015:  Thousands of powder hounds said “good bye” to their significant others this winter and hit the road for a chance to win a vacation for two (2) in the Wild West Powder Quest.  Created by the Powder Alliance, the West Coast’s premiere season pass affiliate group, competitors visited as many partner resorts as possible during the 2014/15 season for up to 13 chances to win.  Resorts included Angel Fire, NM, Arizona Snowbowl, AZ, Bridger Bowl, MT, China Peak, CA, Crested Butte, CO, Mountain High, CA, Mt Hood Skibowl, OR, Schweitzer, ID, Silver Star, BC Canada, Snowbasin, UT, Stevens Pass, WA, Sierra At Tahoe, CA, and Timberline, OR.

Using the new Ski Nation App , participants tracked their visits and shared resort badges and photos socially.  Each resort counted as a single entry and 13 lucky winners were randomly selected to receive a two day, two night lift & lodging package for two (2) to the Powder Alliance resort of their choice.  That’s a $750 value!  This year’s winners are:

  1. John Bustamante from Mountain High, CA
  2. Riki Thompson from Stevens Pass, WA
  3. Sara Bellavita from Tidewater, OR
  4. Laurie Wyspinski from Silver Star, BC Canada
  5. Jarrett Bacani from Los Alamitos, CA
  6. Katie Reese from Bridger Bowl, MT
  7. John Strother from Timberline, Or
  8. Ward Bailey from Flagstaff, AZ
  9. Ryan Roloff from Clovis, CA
  10. Carl Jones from Stevens Pass, WA
  11. Brian Artica from China Peak, CA
  12. Troy Selland from Bridger Bowl, MT
  13. Kristina Lei from Schweitzer, ID

Many guests visited 5, 6, and even 7 resorts but only two successfully made their way to all 13 areas; Laurie Wyspinski and Riki Thompson.

Says John McColly, CMO of Mountain High & Stevens Pass, “The Wild West Powder Quest is the perfect way for Powder Alliance members to explore all 13 resorts and share their memories with family and friends.  Who knows?  Maybe you’ll be the one on a trip of a lifetime next season.”

The 15/16 Wild West Powder Quest is set to resume in November so, for all snow seekers who didn’t participate this year, get a season pass to your favorite Powder Alliance resort and join the Quest!  Powder Alliance members receive three free days at all participating areas making it easy to explore the West Coast’s deepest destinations without breaking the bank.  Tickets are generally valid Sunday – Friday, non-holiday, but participants are encouraged to check the Powder Alliance website for complete restrictions, lodging specials, and travel discounts.

The Wild West Powder Quest is open to legal residents of the 50 United States, including the District of Columbia, ages 18 and over, and Canada, ages 19 and over.  Click here for official rules and regulations.   To learn more about the Powder Alliance and the Wild West Powder Quest visit or contact John McColly at 760-316-7803 or


John McColly