2013 Skis.com Model Search Contest – OFFICIAL RULES


2.The 2013 Skis.com Model Search Contest is sponsored by Skis.com (‘Sponsor’) and is administered by Storm Mountain Publishing ('Administrator'). The geographic scope of this promotion is the United States and Canada. Contest is subject to all federal, state and local laws. Void where prohibited by law. By entering, entrants agree to these Official Rules. Limit one (1) prize per person.

3.Contest begins on August 20, 2012 and ends on October 20, 2012 at 11:59 p.m. MT ('Promotion Period'). Final entry deadline is October 20, 2012 at 11:59 p.m. MT. Administrator's computer is the official time-keeping device of this Contest.


4. Any non-male in the United States and/or Canada over the age of 18 on date of entry is eligible to win.

5.Employees and contractors of Skis.com and Storm Mountain Publishing, or individuals engaged in the development of, the production or distribution of materials for, or the implementation of this Contest and the immediate families (defined as spouse, parents, siblings or children) or household members (whether or not related) of the employees of any of these, are not eligible.


6. One winner will receive an all-expenses trip to the Skis.com headquarters in Bloomfield Hills, MI, with travel arranged between winner and Skis.com. One custom-tailored photoshoot with a professional photographer to run in the 2013/2014 Skis.com Freeskier print ads. And $500 in gear available through Skis.com.

7.All expenses not specifically mentioned herein are not included and are solely the winner’s responsibility, including but not limited to: meals and alcoholic beverages; parking fees; laundry service; merchandise; souvenirs; tips; telephone calls and travel insurance; state, federal or local taxes or fees. Sponsor is not responsible for weather-related travel delays.


8.All details of all prizes shall be at Administrator's sole discretion. Winner assumes sole responsibility for all costs associated with the prizes not explicitly outlined above. All federal, state and local taxes (if any) are the sole responsibility of the Winner.

9.No portion of the prize is redeemable for cash. Prize may not be sold or bartered. Prizes may not be transferred or substituted except that Administrator in its discretion may substitute a prize, or portion thereof, with a prize or portion of equal or greater value if it deems necessary. Any such changes will be announced.


10.Entries will be accepted beginning August 20, 2012 and ends on October 20, 2012 at 11:59 p.m. MT ('Entry Period'). Each entrant gets one (1) user account created by connecting with Facebook, which shall serve as that visitor’s entry into the contest. To enter, visit modelsearch.skis.com/contest/enter.php and follow the instructions to upload photos.

11.Entries will not be accepted via regular mail or any other method.

12.Each entrant can enter the contest only once. Maximum number of photos that shall comprise an entry is ten (10). Any use of robotic, repetitive, automatic, programmed, script, macro, or any other automated means or similar entry methods or agents (including, but not limited to, contest-entry services) are prohibited and will void all entries submitted by that entrant.

13. Entrants who fail to provide any of the information required (e-mail and bio) will not be eligible to win and will not be notified by Administrator. Entrants assume all risk of lost, late, misdirected, incomplete, or illegible entries.

14.The information that you provide in connection with the Contest may be used by Storm Mountain Publishing in accordance with its Privacy Policy, which is found at freeskier.com and which may be updated from time to time.


15.Photos must meet the photo format guidelines in order to be uploaded. File formats accepted include: .jpg, .gif, .png. The maximum dimensions of the photo are 2000×2000 pixels. Maximum total file size is 1.5MB per photo.

16.No watermarks, signatures, or copyright notices may be added to any Photos. Photos containing nudity will not be eligible. Any individual whose face is shown in any photo of an entry or any portion thereof must have previously given photographer written permission for the use of their image.

17.Photos must be original to entrant (not copied, adapted, or reproduced from any other source and not a collaboration with any other person).

18.Any photo that is determined by Administrator in its sole discretion at any time during the Contest to violate the Submission Requirements or the Official Rules, or to otherwise be in unsuitable, offensive or poor taste, may be rejected and the accompanying Entry disqualified.


19. By submitting photography, each Entrant warrants that (a) the entire Entry and all Photos therein are original to and were created solely by the Entrant and have not been copied, in whole or in part, from a copyrighted or proprietary work belonging to someone else, (b) the Entry and all Photos therein do not violate any copyright laws, and does not plagiarize, libel, defame, disparage, slander or otherwise infringe on or violate the rights of any third parties, (c) each person depicted in the Entry has provided the entrant with signed, written permission to take the photograph and submit it in this Contest; (d) that he/she is legally entitled to submit the Entry in the Contest; (e) the distribution, reproduction, display and any other uses of the Entry and all Photos therein by Contest Entities as permitted herein will not infringe any third party rights, including those of any person who is depicted in, or whose property is depicted in, the Entry, and (f) the Entry and Photos therin comply with each of the provisions of the Terms of Use of the Contest website at modelsearch.skis.com.

20.Each Entrant agrees to indemnify and hold harmless the Contest Entities, their respective parent companies and subsidiaries, and their respective officers, directors, employees and affiliated organizations, from and against any and all claims, demands, damages, costs, liabilities and causes of action of whatsoever nature that are based upon or arise out of any breach by the Entrant of these Official Rules or the warranties and representations made in this Section.


21.All Entries that are timely and properly submitted during the Promotion Period will be judged by an independent panel of judges ('Contest Judges'), consisting of creative professionals employed by Skis.com and Storm Mountain Publishing. The submission of your Entry to the Contest Judges does not constitute an acknowledgement or determination by Administrator that your Entry satisfies these Official Rules, including the Submission Requirements, or that you are otherwise eligible. However, Administrator reserves the right, at any point during this Contest, to refuse to submit to the Contest Judges, or to withdraw from the Contest Judges’ consideration, any Entries that Administrator determines, at any time and in its sole discretion, do not satisfy all requirements of these Official Rules.

Contest Judges will judge these Entries based on the following criteria: overall impression. Judges' decisions shall be considered final and binding.

22.On or about November 31, 2012, or within a reasonable time thereafter, Contest Entities will announce the Winner.


23.Administrator will contact potential Winner in accordance with the information supplied to Administrator on the Winner's Entry Forms. Winner will be asked to provide Administrator with valid identification and execute an affidavit of eligibility and, where legal, a publicity release, and return these documents within three (3) days of notification. Acceptable identification includes a valid driver's license or other valid picture ID showing name and address. Faxes will not be accepted. The Winner may also be required to sign other legal documents, including tax forms and a release supplied by Administrator which, among other disclaimers, releases the Contest Entities and a range of subsidiaries, directors, agents, agencies, affiliates, franchisees, promoters, officers, directors, employees and related persons from any and all liability related to this Contest and the receipt and use of the prize. Upon verification of eligibility, the name of Winner may be posted on Storm Mountain Publishing, Skis.com and the Contest Entities' websites, including but not limited to the following sites: www.skis.com, www.freeskier.com, smpmags.com.

24.In the event that any potential winner (a) fails to satisfy any eligibility or verification requirement herein, (b) declines to accept the prize, (c) or is otherwise determined to be ineligible, Administrator may in its discretion disqualify that individual and an alternate winner will be chosen from the remaining entries using the same selection method and criteria set forth above as soon as reasonably practicable after initial winner is determined to be ineligible. Alternate Winner is subject to all eligibility requirements and restrictions of these Official Rules.


25.By accepting a prize, where permitted by law, winner grants to Skis.com and Storm Mountain Publishing (and agrees to confirm that grant in writing), and those acting pursuant to the authority of Skis.com and Storm Mountain Publishing, the right to print, publish, broadcast, and use for the purposes of this or similar contest only, worldwide in any media now known or hereafter developed-including, but not limited to, the World Wide Web-at any time(s), their name, picture, likeness, and information, as news or information and for art, trade, and/or promotional purposes without additional compensation or review. Any individuals depicted in the potentially winning Entry and the photos therein must also sign and return a Release of Liability/Publicity within the three-day period specified by Administrator. Each winner also grants Skis.com and Storm Mountain Publishing the rights to use photos from the winning Entry for promotion of this contest or similar for a period of one (1) year, where permitted by law.


26.Entrants agree that Contest Entities and a range of subsidiaries, directors, agents, agencies, affiliates, franchisees, promoters, officers, directors, employees and related persons (a) are not responsible for technical failures of any kind, including but not limited to lost, disconnected, interrupted, or unavailable network, server, or other connections, late, lost, undeliverable, damaged or stolen mail, or for any failed telephone or computer hardware or software, or for any failed, delayed, misdirected, corrupted, or garbled transmissions or errors of any kind, whether human, mechanical, or electronic, or for entries that for any reason are not received by Administrator by the deadlines stated above; (b) are not responsible for any incorrect or inaccurate information, whether caused by entrant, printing, typographical or other errors or by any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the Contest or in the printing of this offer, administration of this contest, or in the announcement of the prizes; (c) are not responsible for any injury or damage to any computer, modem or other electrical device as a result of participation in this contest or downloading of any software or materials; (d) are not responsible for unauthorized human intervention in any part of the Submission process or the Contest; (e) are not responsible for any printing, typographical, technical, computer, network or human error which may occur in the administration of the Contest, the uploading, the processing or judging of Submissions or views and ratings or the tabulating of views and ratings, the announcement of the prizes or in any Contest-related materials; (f) are not responsible for any unauthorized third party use of any Submission; (g) are not responsible for the inability to select Winner because of postal failure, equipment failure, or data storage failure; and (h) are released from any and all alleged, existing, or future actions; claims; and/or liabilities of whatever nature including, but not limited to, personal injury, bodily injury (including, without limitation, wrongful death and disability), property damage, and expense (including, without limitation, reasonable attorneys' fees) and loss or damage of any other kind, arising in whole or in part directly or indirectly, from their participation in the Contest (in whole or in part); use (including modification, adaptation, and reproduction) of Entry materials during or after the Contest; and the delivery, acceptance, possession, use, misuse, loss, or misdirection of any prize.


27.All federal, state and local laws apply. Administrator shall be entitled to interpret these rules as needed - including but not limited to rules regarding entries, selection of Winner, deadlines, restrictions on prizes, and eligibility - and all of its decisions are final. By entering, entrants agree to these Official Rules.

28.Administrator reserves the right to cancel, terminate or suspend this Contest or any part of this Contest should any non-authorized intervention, network failure, information storage failure, telecommunications failure, malfunction, or other causes beyond its control, corrupt or impair the security, administration, fairness and/or operation of this Contest as determined by Administrator in its sole discretion, at which time, Administrator will determine the Winner from among all non-suspect eligible entries received at the time of the Contest termination using the same selection method and criteria set forth above.

29.Administrator reserves the right to prohibit any entrant from participating in the Contest if, at its sole discretion, Administrator finds such entrant to be tampering with the entry process or the operation of the Contest, or if such entrant repeatedly shows a disregard for, or attempts to circumvent, these Rules, or acts: (a) in a manner Administrator determines to be not fair or equitable; (b) with an intent to annoy, threaten or harass any other entrant or any of Contest Entities; or ( c) in any other disruptive manner. Any person attempting to defraud or tamper with this Contest in any way will be ineligible for prizes and may be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. Any failure by the Administrator to enforce any of these Rules shall not constitute a waiver of such Rules.

30.Administrator reserves the right to correct typographical or clerical errors in any contest-related materials. No more than the stated number of prizes will be awarded. In the event that production, technical, seeding, programming or any other reasons cause more than the stated number of prizes as set forth in these Official Rules to be available and/or claimed, Administrator reserves the right to award only the stated number of prizes by selecting the Winner from all legitimate, un-awarded, eligible prize claims in accordance with the previously announced selection criteria.


31.By entering the Contest, entrants agree that (a) any and all disputes, claims, and causes of action arising out of or connected with the Contest, or any prizes awarded, shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action; (b) any and all claims, judgments and awards shall be limited to actual out-of-pocket costs incurred, including costs associated with entering the Contest but in no event attorneys’ fees; and (c ) under no circumstances will any entrant be permitted to obtain any award for, and entrant hereby waives all rights to claim punitive, incidental or consequential damages and any and all rights to have damages multiplied or otherwise increased and any other damages, other than for actual out-of-pocket expenses, and any and all rights to have damages multiplied or otherwise increased.

32.All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules, or the rights and obligations of the entrants and Contest Entities in connection with the Contest, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of Michigan, without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules or provisions that would cause the application of the laws of any jurisdiction other than the State of Michigan. Any legal proceedings arising out of this Contest or relating to these rules shall be instituted only in the federal or state courts located in the State of Michigan and the parties consent to jurisdiction therein with respect to any legal proceedings or disputes of whatever nature arising under or relating to these rules. The invalidity or unenforceability of any provision of these rules shall not affect the validity or enforceability of any other provision. In the event that any provision is determined to be invalid or otherwise unenforceable or illegal, these rules shall otherwise remain in effect and be construed in accordance with their terms as if the invalid or illegal provision were not contained herein.


34.For a copy of the Official Rules or the final Winner List, visit modelsearch.skis.com. Winner List will be available after January 1, 2013.