Photography by: John McColly
The $25,000 Cholula Triple Air returned to Mountain High for its 12th straight year and Trevor Jacob put on a "saucy" display, impressing the judges with 900s and switch variations. Competitors included names like Ian Thorley and Tyler Flanagan, and the start list was filled with riders from as far away as Colorado, Vermont, and even Norway.
The event took place at Mountain High's East Resort with a modified set up that consisted of two launch jibs, a 50 foot step down, and a ginormous hip that was throwing riders 20 feet in the air. This was a change from the traditional "three-jump" set up but competitors found the course challenging and fun. Riders were easily sticking one or two of the features but only the top competitors were able to nail all three cleanly. In the end it became a battle for first between Trevor Jacob and, last year's winner, Daniel Toumarkine, with Jacob coming out on top. Trevor received $10,000 in cash, a giant bottle of Cholula, and enough Monster to keep him riding until next year's event.
In the Women's division, Stacie Anderson from Lake Tahoe successfully defended her 2009 Triple Air title, edging out Mountain High team rider, Nirvana Ortanez. Says John McColly, Director of Marketing, "This is actually the 2nd time we've held the Triple Air at East. The last time was maybe 10 years ago when Neal Drake from Big Bear won. We all agree the East Resort is the better venue from both the competitor and spectator aspect, but it took a snow year like this one to make it a reality."
Special thanks goes to Cholula who is already talking about increasing next year's prize purse, and presenting sponsors, Monster Energy and Powder & Sun Ride Shops.