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SILVERTON, CO – November 14, 2011 – Venture Snowboards and Ska Brewing are once again teaming up to welcome winter in style with their 7th Annual Season Kickoff Party scheduled for Saturday, December 3rd (Silverton Mountain’s opening day).

For the seventh year running, the two homegrown Colorado companies are producing a small run of custom graphics boards and a special winter brew, both of which will be unveiled at the bash.

The partnership between Venture and Ska started nearly a decade ago when the two businesses came together to talk about how they could collaborate. “We jokingly refer to ourselves as the microbrew of snowboards because we build high quality boards from scratch,” explains Venture’s Lisa Branner. “Ska takes the same approach in crafting their beer, so teaming up seemed like a natural.”

This year’s Season Kickoff features live music from The Crags and Farmington Hill, Ska drink specials, and tons of giveaways from Smith Optics, Skullcandy, Silverton Mountain, Purgatory, Wolf Creek, Spark R&D, TREW Gear, Purl Wax, Silverton Powder Cats and more.
The highlight of the evening will be the raffle for a coveted limited edition Ska/Venture custom snowboard. This year’s deck features the Euphoria graphic and the distinctive Venture snowflake, and is destined to become a collector’s item for beer and snow lovers alike.

The Season Kickoff Party gets rockin’ at 8 pm at Silverton’s Grand Imperial Hotel (1219 Greene Street). Cover charge is $6 and this is a 21+ event. Proceeds will benefit the Center for Snow and Avalanche Studies in Silverton. For more information call 970.387.5527.

Venture Snowboards is a grassroots manufacturer that has been handcrafting superior performance snowboards and splitboards from scratch since 1999. All boards are available solid or split for backcountry touring, and are built in the company’s Silverton, Colorado factory using sustainably harvested hardwoods and wind power. For more information visit

Ska Brewing Co. of Durango is celebrating its 17th year in business and is the largest microbrewery on Colorado’s western slope. Ska’s hand-crafted, award-winning beers include Pinstripe Red Ale, True Blonde Ale, and an array of seasonal and specialty brews, all brewed with 100% wind power. Ska recently completed construction of a new brewery that will enable them to triple what they currently brew. An expanded tasting room features 12 beers on tap, bocce ball, and live music. For the full scoop on Ska, visit was founded in 2004 and is the world’s first splitboard-specific website; uniting splitboarders around the world while creating an active and vibrant online community.