Red Bull Ultra-Cross this weekend
The Red Bull Ultra-Cross, now in its fourth year, is coming to Squaw Valley this weekend, bringing with it some of the best snow sport athletes in the country and much more.
Last year, the event attracted more than 4,000 spectators to witness the relay-style race that involves skiers and snowboarders in teams.
The result is an event unlike any other, with hundreds of competitors vying for a purse worth $30,000.
Each team is made up of one snowboarder and one skier. Four snowboarders start the race (each on a different team) and ride down a moto-cross style course made up of steep bank turns, table-tops, big rollers and gap-jumps.
Once the snowboarder crosses the finish line, their teammate (a skier) is released onto the course and another lap is completed. The two teams who finish first in their heat advance to the next round.
The best team will win the coveted Red Bull Ultra-Cross title and a nice monetary prize to go with it. Some of the biggest names in extreme snowboarding and skiing will be competing on Jan. 19 and 20 to bring home this prestigious title.
1998 world free-skiing champion and local Shane McConkey and Drew Neilson, the 2000 Boarder-cross champion at the Winter X games, are two of the legends that will be on the mountain this weekend.
While serious competitors will be present, team names like “We Rule, You Suck” and “The Laughing Chiquitas” more adequately set the tone for a weekend event filled with live bands and more.
The cost to compete in this event is $200 per team. For more information on Red Bull Ultra Cross 2001, contact Global Event Management at 583-4638.
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