Industry News 11/16/2007

THE BLOCK at Bear Bear Introduces New Reality TV Show Snowboard Bootcamp at Snowboarder Hotel

A-T-T-E-N...T-I-O-N!!!  THE BLOCK at Bear Bear Introduces New Reality TV Show Snowboard Bootcamp at Snowboarder Hotel

THE BLOCK at Big Bear, The Worlds First Snowboarder Hotels is making final preparations for the first annual BLOCK Boot Camp in Big Bear Lake, CA - 10 days (December 5 - 15) of training and development for a career in snowboarder hospitality.  All interested recruits must email a resume (include full name, address and contact information) and short bio to: bootcamp@theblockhotels.com on or before Thanksgiving 2007.

THE BLOCK Boot Camp will be filmed for television. Recruits of the camp will become cast members in Season 2 of "THE BLOCK" reality series airing in 2008.

Visit http://www.g4tv.com/theblock/index.html to learn more about the show and see some exclusive scenes from Season 1. Boot Camp graduates will also be eligible for immediate hire at current and future BLOCK Hotel locations currently planned in Mammoth Lakes, Breckenridge, Aspen, and Park City, as well as several international locations.

Important Boot Camp Dates:
12/3 - Arrival & Orientation
12/5 - 10-day boot camp
12/15 - Graduation Day and afterparty

Camp recruits will receive general instruction in the following areas: snow resort operations, hotel operations, special event management, leadership, guest service, teamwork, and strategies for self improvement through a rigorous military style training regiment.  Former Army Rangers and Marine Force Recon soldiers of the Army and Marines from Gunmetal Tactical Advisors ( www.gunmetalgroup.com) will be cadre for the camp.

All participants must be able to perform the minimum (a physical test will be administered upon check in):

Snowboard

20 push-ups

20 sit-ups

High School Diploma or Equivalent

Run 2 miles in less than 18  minutes

Be able to stand and work for long durations (up to 12 hours)

All graduates will receive:

1. THE BLOCK gear- Class of 07, Graduation Certificate
2. $250 enlistment bonus for those hired on graduation day
3. VIP invite to THE BLOCK Party 2008 in Lake Tahoe, CA

NOTE: ALL meals and lodging will be provided but this is fully voluntary- no pay will be granted during the Boot Camp.  Also, arrival to and departure from Boot Camp at THE BLOCK at Big Bear is the responsibility of the Candidate.

Gunmetal Group Inc. brings a revolutionary approach to Military Technical Advising for Film and TV. In the past military advising companies have used a single person approach; not Gunmetal. Gunmetal focuses on teamwork and small unit leadership, bringing in their own group of military trained professionals to lend their expertise to every aspect of the production process. Gunmetal's services include: script advising, actor training, boot camps, tactical coordination, vehicle drivers, video game technical advising, weapons training, historical military advising and training, and advising on military customs and courtesies. Gunmetal is poised to bring military realism for film and television into the 21st Century. Experience the reality for yourself: www.gunmetalgroup.com.

THE BLOCK Hotels are "The World's First Snowboarder Hotels," created by Professional Snowboarder Marc Frank Montoya and Las Vegas Hotelier Liko S. Smith. The hotels feature the most inventive rooms in the hotel industry, "Signature Suites" by companies such as DVS Shoe Co, TransWorld Snowboarding Magazine, Jones Soda Co, Zoo York, SPY Optic, Nikita clothing, Bear Mountain Resort, Boost Mobile, Vestal Watches and others. There is also a "Liberty Lounge" by Liberty Board Shop of Southern California in Big Bear and the NJB Lounge in Lake Tahoe by NJB Clothing. Poker rooms exist at both hotels created by Delta 9 and Season Five clothing companies respectively.

All guests receive free energy drinks, energy bars, Pabst Blue Ribbon (21+), popcorn, DVD movies, and PS2 games, as well as free wi-fi access and board waxing in a personal waxing room created by BLUEBIRD Wax. All rooms come equipped with Gravity Suspension Racks, PS2 game consoles, boot/glove dryers, cordless phones and ipod compatible mini boom boxes and 56" Widescreen HD Televisions (Big Bear), as well as original wall art photography by Burton Principal Photographer Dean "Blotto" Gray, Technine Photographer Ethan Fortier, and Snowboard Industry Photographer Andy Wright.

Investors include Professional Snowboarders Travis Parker, Mikey LeBlanc, Joni Malmi, Jussi Oksanen, JJ Thomas, Kurt Wastell, Chris Coulter, and Devun Walsh and professional skateboarder Rob Dyrdek, as well as other industry veterans such as Dean "Blotto' Gray, Ethan Fortier, Travis Wood, Stan Yu, Carter Katz, Brock Heckmann, Scott Heckmann, Doug Harley and Andy Wright.