Snowboarders are set to descend upon Crested Butte, Colorado, to participate in what has become the nation’s best known freeriding competition.  Bursting on the scene will be the latest unknown talent-creating future superstars-and it’s all about egos, attitudes and going for the gnarliest line and phattest air.  The 8th annual Magna Blocà‚„¢ U.S. Extreme Boarderfest presented by Subaru will take place March 19-23, 2002. Now in its eighth year, the four-day, three-discipline Boarderfest begins Tuesday, March 19, 2002 with athlete registration, with the action kicking off on Wednesday with the Boardercross event, followed by the Triple Big Air contest on Thursday. The final two days of competition progress to the Extreme Limits area of the resort for some classic extreme, freeriding  action as riders navigate expert-only bowls, glades and steeps, earning points for aggressiveness, form, fluidity, line choice and control.  “Those that pick the gnarliest lines, stomp their landings and keep it together top to bottom will put the check in their pocket,” says Kurt Hoy, a former competitor and television commentator for the event.  Both events are easily viewed by the public at the bottom of CBMR’s T-Bar lift. Winners of the competition take home a total in cash and prizes of $35,000. Men’s and women’s first place winners for both the Boardercross and Big Air competitions take home $1,500 respectively and $2500 each for the Big Mountain portion, in addition to cash and prizes for the juniors and overall categories. 

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To register for the 8th Annual Magna Blocà‚„¢ U.S. Extreme Boarderfest contact Diane Temple at (970)349-2303, or email dtemple@cbmr.com.   For hotel information and reservations, please call Crested Butte Vacations at 800-544-8448.