MT. CRESTED BUTTE, CO (March 1, 2004)— The Extreme events continue in Crested Butte this week, beginning tomorrow, March 2, with the 10th Anniversary Subaru U.S. Extreme Boarderfest. The most talented riders in the country will be competing for $35,000 in cash prizes and the bragging rights to one of the most elite competitions of the year.
The field of athletes, including X-Games competitors, juniors and local riders will be challenged by 500 acres of steep bowls, chutes and glades in the Big Mountain/Extreme event. In addition there is a challenging Boardercross course and a Slopestyle event in the brand new Canaan terrain park, featuring plenty of rails and huge kickers to guarantee some big air viewing.
“The most consistent steep fall lines in all of Colorado exist here. This is where you come to test your limits and have fun, Matt “Ox Maloley, Boarderfest veteran and pro-rider for Winterstick Snowboards, said. “The combination of this terrain, the venue and competitors are sure to combine for one awesome event.
Erin Bloom, one of two Crested Butte Mountain sponsored female athletes, agrees.
“I moved here after working at many other resorts because if you want it, this is where you can become an extreme athlete, push the envelope and enjoy yourself. Bloom will be competing in all three disciplines at the Boarderfest and added that “Everybody’s going to go off. The snow and terrain are inspiring and people get crazy when the conditions are this good.
Competitor registration takes place on Tuesday, March 2. Over 130 athletes from all over the U.S., as well as Canada and Belgium, will descend on Crested Butte for the competition, making it the largest, most diverse field to date.
The Boardercross event kicks off the competition on Wednesday, March 3, starting with a qualifier at 11 a.m. Four athletes will push out of the start gate on the newly designed Twister course and immediately be challenged by a motocross-style doubles section and air over a gap jump. They continue through a speed section of four banked burms, over a tabletop jump and down into a second speed section. Finally, the riders will air over a large, thirty to forty-foot gap jump and pump down to the finish line
This event begins right below the Ice Bar and is best viewed from Crested Butte’s Keystone lift and by skiing or riding alongside the course. Beginner terrain surrounds the event finish so skiers and riders of all abilities are able to watch and cheer on the competitors.
The Slopestyle competition is set for Thursday, March 4, in the new Canaan terrain park, which has garnered rave reviews by riders who have “dropped in during the regular ski season. It is defined by four huge jumps along the course, as well as four different rail features, allowing riders any number of ways to impress the judges with their creativity.
The competition culminates Friday and Saturday, March 5 and 6, with the Big Mountain/Extreme competition. In this event, riders will be challenged by some of the steepest terrain in Colorado. The field will be cut in half on day one, finishing with two runs (weather permitting) on March 6. An overall male and female champion will be chosen from those that have the highest cumulative score in all three disciplines.
Club Med, one of the event sponsors, is donating four trips, two to Sand Piper, Florida and two to Ixtapa, Mexico. The vacations will be presented to the male and female overall winners and, for the third year in a row, to the “competitors choice for male and female, determined by the competitors during the final awards banquet.
See it on TV
John Sandy Productions (JSP), based out of Englewood, Colorado, in association with Fusion TV, will film the events for televised broadcast on Fox Sports Net, Fuel TV, *Spike TV and RSN with a total reach of over 18 million households. Both Fox Sports Net and Fuel TV will broadcast coverage of the event three times for a total of six airings. Airddates will be forthcoming. *Spike TV will broadcast highlights from the event in the fourth quarter of this year. JSP, in association with Outdoor Life, will also be producing and airing a stand-alone thirty-minute television show on the Subaru Boardercross and Slopestyle events.
For the second year, Subaru retains title to the U.S. Extreme Boarderfest event having played the role as presenting sponsor prior to title sponsorship. The event is co-sponsored by Team Paul Mitchell hair products — we put the style in lifestyle sports, Winterstick Snowboards, the Sheraton Crested Butte Hotel, the official event hotel, Coors Light Beer, Sprite, GORE-TEX® outerwear, Guaranteed to Keep You Dry®, Boeri USA, Balance Bar, Wigwam Mills, Inc., Club Med, Total All Inclusive Vacations and Bula. Transworld Snowboarding magazine is the official magazine for the Boarderfest event.