Breathing Life Into A Slow Ski Season
Skiers, snowboarders, and onlookers did not seem to mind the lack of new snow on Sunday, Jan. 7 at Alpine Meadows, as the sun was shining and music could be heard across the mountain.
The resort’s first Fresh Air competition provided an opportunity for Alpine to showcase their new terrain park located on the Kangaroo run at the base of the mountain. Complete with three different bands, free Red Bull drinks, and some of the area’s best talent on two boards and snowboards, the event also gave snow-loving locals – disillusioned with the weather – a reason to return to the hill for a full day.
New moves and old moves combined to provide an impressive air show for the crowd, as over 60 skiers and snowboarders threw their bodies into inverted flips and rotations in pursuit of a few cheers and the $500 first place prize money.
Contestants came from all over the country to test out the new park and halfpipe at Alpine, and while locals won the day, New York visitor Jay Minnelfelder won third place in the big air skiing division and first in the halfpipe jam.
“There are some really good guys out here, this is my first time at Alpine Meadows and despite the lack of snow, I’m having a great time,” said Minnelfelder in between rounds of the competition.
Clint Fiala claimed first in the big air for skiers with solid jumps throughout the day and Brandon Polk walked away with the title on behalf of the snowboarding competitors.
Nate Holland grabbed some prize money in both the big air and halfpipe competitions, with second place in the former and first in the jam.
The event was produced by EXP productions, creators of the Lords of the Boards and Skiercross, and is already set to return next year according to EXP and Alpine Meadows’ marketing department.
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