The Loaded Throwdown makes its return for 2016.

The Loaded Throwdown makes its return for 2016.

Loaded Throwdown returns for 2016

Nothing marks the end of winter like the Loaded Sports Throwdown free ski and snowboard event at Shames Mountain.

Nothing marks the end of winter like the Loaded Sports Throwdown free ski and snowboard event at Shames Mountain.

The 2016 Loaded Throwdown is the latest in a long tradition of yearly events that Prince Rupert ski and skate shop Loaded Sports hosts, in partnership with many product sponsors.

Scheduled this year for Saturday, April 2 at Shames Mountain, Loaded owner Marc Page is making the event free for all ages, with a parental signature required for those under 19. Helmets are also mandatory.

Novice and open categories for those aged 16-and-up will be held for participants as well as younger age groups for both genders and a new ‘Dinosaurs’ division for skiers and snowboarders aged 30-plus.

Prizes are available for every entrant no matter how they do in the contests. Registration will take place from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. and the contest gets underway at 1 p.m. Prizes will be awarded on the deck at Galloway’s Bar after the event.