Some of the Northwest's best park athletes converge on [R265R, Mt. Bachelor] on select weekends during the season to compete in the Oregon Cup, arguably the top local competition in the region.

Saturdays are reserved for the top skiing and snowboarding guys and gals who compete for purses worth $2,000. The more casual riders - including newbies, wannabes, and half-pints -- take over on Sundays and compete for bragging rights and product from such sponsors as Burton, Dakine, Ride, Giro, Orage, and others.

The series, whose scheduled December opener, a nighttime rail jam, was canceled, gets under way on Jan. 24-25 with a slopestyle competition. The pros will compete Saturday afternoon on a special course in full view of the Pine Marten lift; the amateurs have their turn on Sunday in the I-Park.

Next up will be a team slopestyle event on the weekend of Match 21-22. The competition for both pros and amateurs will concentrate on flow and teamwork among the two-rider teams.

The Oregon Cup comes to a close with a Big Air Meets QP event on the weekend of April 18-19. Same setup as prior competitions: Pro skier and boarders of either gender compete the money on Saturday, while kids and other amateurs duke it out for product on Sunday.

Entry fee is $20 an event and helmets are mandatory.