Killington, VT (Feb. 24, 2000)-Bring out your dead! Snowboard that is. At the 1st annual Retro Board Championships March 11, 2000 at Killington, your tired old ride is not quite dead yet. Resurrect your Snurfer, your Burton Elite, your Fastek Bindings or your Sorels with felt liners and join Snowboarding’s founders in a fun celebration of our favorite winter toys.
This is the first time anyone has done an event like this, said Killington’s Director of Snowboarding, Eric Webster. “It will be interesting to see how far snowboarding has come in a really short time.”
The Retro Board Championships begins at 10:00 AM with a Dual Giant Slalom on the Highline Race trail. Between 12:15 and 1:00PM everyone is invited to catch air at the Kicker Contest and then head to the halfpipe for the jam session between 1:30 and 3:30 PM. Of course, a snowboard event is never complete without a party and we’ll throw one Killington style between 4:30 and 7:00 PM at the new bar in the Killington Base Lodge.
Old-school snowboarders may compete in teams or individually. Teams of two send one rider to the GS and the second to the pipe, and individuals can hark back to the early days of snowboarding at both events. The kicker contest is open to everyone.
The cost is retro too! 30 bucks includes entry fee, T-shirt and lift pass for the day. Registration begins at 7:30 Am at the Killington Base Lodge.
The events will be scored based on rider performance and age of equipment. The benchmark year is 1990, and each vintage older than 1990 will be awarded a half second off the rider’s posted time in the GS. In the halfpipe, for every year pre-1990 a point will be added to the rider’s score. Extra seconds will be subtracted and points added for no Highbacks on the bindings, no edges, and Fins. Prizes will also be awarded for the Best Classic Clothing, the oldest board, the oldest boots etc.
The Retro Board Championships are going to be more of a reunion than a competition, said Webster. “It’s an opportunity to reunite with old equipment and old friends, it’s going to be super-cool.”
Killington is an American Skiing Company resort (NYSE: SKI). American Skiing Company is the largest operator of ski and snowboard resorts in the United States. Other resorts include Sugarbush and Mount Snow in VT; Attitash/Bear Peak in NH; Sunday River and Sugarloaf/USA in ME; the Canyons in UT; Steamboat in CO; and Heavenly in CA/NV. For general lodging information call (800) 621-MTNS.