Schweitzer Mountain Resort readies to put on the Stomp Games, one of the biggest freeride events in the region. The Stomp Games presented by Smith Optics, which feature three days of events for skiers and snowboarders, returns to the resort March 18-20.

"It's a really good vibe to it," Mary Weber-Quinn, activities and events director, told OnTheSnow. "It's all freeriders: they're independent thinking with Skittle-colored outfits. It's very much how creative you can be. Last year, many did the Mustache March. They drew them on as most weren't old enough to have moustaches. It's full of laughter."

The Stomp Games start Friday night with the Big Boot Stomp, a jam session on a single rail or jump feature. Saturday fills with a slopestyle competition followed by the Smith Afterburner Party--a Wii dance competition within brackets like a ridercross. The event culminates Sunday with the skiercross and boardercross.

"It's a pretty exhausting weekend for out-of-towners because it's go all weekend," added Weber-Quinn. "The kids just go hard."

The event attracts around 170 freeriders 12 years and older to compete in age divisions or open class. The age divisions aren't determined until registration is completed. "Sometimes 50-year-olds show up," Weber-Quinn said. "Fifty percent or more are 20 and younger. The rest fall mostly mid-20s-30s."

The Stomp Games follow the Grom Stomp, a one-day event the previous weekend for kids ages 6-11 years old. Winners of the Grom Stomp are invited to compete in the Stomp Games.

The games will have one major change this year. No pro division will be offered with a purse-only an open division.

Those entering the event may opt to compete in single events or all three. Per event rates run $10-55, depending on the event and date of registration. Those registering prior to March 15 can pay lower rates. Special lift ticket rates are available for competitors. Registration is available online.

More information. Or call 208-255-3081.

Check out scenes from last year's Stomp Games at Schweitzer, courtesy of this YouTube video: