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    Photo by @redow245 - Park City, UT

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More About the Contest

Liftopia has been around for 14 years. Along the way, we've spent countless hours flying, driving, and even taking trains from mountain town to mountain town, and have been fortunate enough to experience and get a taste of hundreds of different mountain communities.

The thing we've figured out is that each mountain town is about so much more than just the ski area. The souls of these mountain communities are defined by the people in them: ski area employees, small business owners, artists, craftspeople and other characters contribute largely to the reason we end up recommending this or that ski destination to our friends and family. One thing that we hear constantly when we ask various flavors of ski aficionados, from die-hards to weekend warriors, and ski bums about how they arrived in their community, is that they "came for the winter, and stayed for the summer", a common phrase that highlights how special the hills and mountains are at all times of year.

So with that, we are happy to be running our Liftopia Locals summer Instagram contest. The goal of this contest is to shine a light on ski communities by highlighting the mountains and the communities when no one is skiing or snowboarding. The winners (yes, several!) of this contest will be the ones who best showcase the souls of the communities they love the most, through photography and storytelling on Instagram during the summer months. We at Liftopia love skiing, but we also have also grown to love mountain communities year-round. With this contest, we hope to share more reasons why everyone should head to the mountains at all times of the year.

How to Win

  • . Follow @Liftopia on Instagram

  • . Show your love for, and why your mountain community is amazing in the summertime through photography and storytelling on Instagram between July 9, 2019 and September 9, 2019

  • . Keep a welcoming attitude - your photos should keep in mind a goal of welcoming everyone, new and old to the mountains at all times of year. Hashtag your photos with #liftopialocals and anything else relevant to your photography or community that you think makes your case

  • . On September 9, 2019 Liftopia will select a list of finalists. Photos from the #liftopialocals finalists will be open for votes between September 9, 2019 and September 22, 2019

  • . On September 23, 2019 the winner will be announced and will be given the opportunity to write an op-ed piece about their community on this very blog (in addition to the grand prize)

  • . Click here for complete contest rules

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