Sugar Bowl hosts Lord of the Boards competition
Thanks to the recent deposit of snow, the 2000 Budweiser Lord of the Boards, the world’s only skiercross, boardercross and telecross tour is ready to commence, starting with its first staging at Sugar Bowl Jan. 28-29, according to race director, Chris “Uncle E” Ernst.
Course construction began Jan. 24 in Sugar Bowl’s terrain park area under Judah chair.
The event features two days of super-cross style action on a wild course complete with berms, jumps, gaps, rollers and a few surprises. Up to five racers are on the course at a time in pursuit of a chunk of the $12,700 cash and prizes, bragging rights and the almighty Lord’s Throne and Sword.
Competitors do not have to be able to do all three disciplines to compete in this competition. However, to win the overall Lord’s title, racers must compete in all three.
Created and developed in 1994 on a golf course in Squaw Valley, the Budweiser Lord of the Boards has set the pace and paved the way for such events as the ESPN Winter X-Games and NBC Gravity Games, skiercross, the Jonny Moseley Invitational and the Skiercross World Championships. This is EXP Productions’ fifth year of the tour and its second year at Sugar Bowl. It has garnered numerous national sponsors, including: Budweiser, Red Bull, CB, Volant, Points North Heli, Ultra Nectar, Manastash, Boeri, Freeze Mag., Scott, Freestyle, DSO, JIBS, Jelly Belly, Grabber Warmers, Justa Hat, Ripwear, Elite Feet, Wigwam, Grandoe, Skydive Lake Tahoe and OnlineAdventure.com.
The purse is $7,700 in cash, plus $5,000 more in prizes. First overall lord gets $700 and the first lady gets $325 plus Sugar Bowl season passes, CB Lord jackets, Freestyle watches, Boeri helmets and a Volant ski bag.
The entry fee for a competitor in all three events is $110 for riders without lift tickets and $70 for riders with lift tickets. The entrance fee includes two day lift tickets, an event shirt and a sponsor swag bag. For an individual event, the cost is $69 without a ticket and $45 with one.
The snowboarding and telemarking events will take place tomorrow and the skiing event is on Saturday. Registration is from 8-9 a.m. Friday and Saturday morning at the Mount Judah Day Lodge. All athletes must provide proof of insurance and helmets are mandatory. The competition is open to everyone.
The next Lord of the Boards staging will be at Homewood Mountain Resort Feb. 24-25 followed by the final event at Alpine Meadows March 18-19. First place in skiercross qualifies the racer for Winter X-Games 2001 plus free entry to the Skiercross World Championships at Squaw Valley USA, April 8-9.
For information, call Uncle E at EXP Productions at 582-9991 or go to the Web site http://www.exp-productions.com.
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