Partners [R482R, Vail Resorts] and the Vail Valley Foundation give "The Session" pro snowboard competition the boot after 2009, following a six-year run.

"As we looked at our slate of athletic events for 2009 and became increasingly clear that while the Session has been a great event was time for both the Foundation and Vail Resorts to look to the future for new events and programs that will target an ever-changing marketplace," explained Ceil Folz, president of the Vail Valley Foundation, in a news release. "We both agreed that it was best for everyone involved to pull the plug now."

The Session was a breeding ground and warm-up event for X-Gamers heading to Aspen. The first 1260's ever landed in a Slopestyle competition debuted at the 2007 Session, while the 2008 event featured the first 1440 ever landed in competition. But The Foundation said the event served its purpose of putting Vail on the snowboard map and it was time to find something new and different.

"We are proud to have created this event for the sport of snowboarding and are committed to creating the next level of cutting edge event for our valley," added Folz. Rumor has it they are already eyeing a sexy replacement event for 2010.