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Lord of the Boards 2000

ANDY BECKER, Sun News Service

Oh, it’s going to be one helluva ride.

The Budweiser 2000 Lord of the Boards campaign continues today and tomorrow at Homewood Mountain Resort. With what will be the longest Lord of the Boards course to date and some of the best competition, Chris “Uncle E” Ernst, event organizer, promises the Homewood staging to be one of the wildest and wooliest races yet.

Located on the south side face, the course will include a variety of terrain such as gap jumps, washboards and what should be a mandatory air at the end, allowing for, as what Ernst called “a very exciting finish.”

“We’ve gotten carte blanche from Homewood for whatever we want to use,” Ernst said. “They’re letting us go hogwild.”

Ernst said course designers took a line through the trees, although not too tight, after taking the fall line and cutting over a road.

While there is no pre-race day registration, those expected to compete are reigning lord and lady Janez Demsar and Stephanie Turner of South Lake Tahoe and Tahoe City, respectively. Other competitors likely to race are previous lord John Morrison, 2000 X-Games women’s skiercross gold medalist Anik Demers – who currently resides in Olympic Valley – and 2000 X-Games men’s skiercross silver medalist Bill Hudson.

A surprise entrant is World Cup racer and defending skiercross world champion Daron Rahlves, on break from World Cup competition. Shane McConkey, all-around freeskier extraordinaire and Olympic Valley resident, is also a possible entrant.

Today’s events are boardercross in the morning and telemarking in the afternoon.

After a time-trial tomorrow morning, the fastest 32 men and 16 women will compete in skiercross. Registration is the morning of the event from 8 to 9 a.m.

The prize purse for the Homewood venue is $7,500 cash and $5,000 in prizes.


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