Three-Day Freestyle Competition Coming to Mount Snow

By AlpineZone News |
Feb 19 2008 - 06:20 PM

WEST DOVER, Vermont — The Anti-Gravity Grail, Mount Snow’s largest annual freestyle event, will host hundreds of competitors and thousands of spectators this February 29 – March 2. The viewer-friendly series kicks off with a rail jam on Friday, continues with a big air competition on Saturday and concludes with a superpipe competition on Sunday.

Registration is now open for competitors. Amateur skiers and riders will compete for prizes from sponsors, while pros have a shot at a piece of a $10,000 cash purse.

On February 29, the JBL Rail Jam will be held under the lights at the Jiblet terrain park near the Main Base area. Competitors will have a choice between two rails, each custom-made by Mount Snow’s master terrain park designer, Ken Gaitor.

The Head Mega Mother Hucker big air competition, located just a few hundred feet from the Main Base Lodge, spans the entire day on March 1. High-flying skiers and riders will practice on the 50+ foot jump in the morning, then compete in the qualifying round in the afternoon to decide who will have a chance at $3,000 in cash and prizes. For an added spectacle, competitors will be jumping over Livintrust, a high energy rock band playing live under the jump.

The Anti-Gravity Grail culminates with the Sobe Superpipe Competition in The Gut Superpipe on March 2. This world-class, 450-foot long halfpipe features 18-foot walls and a clear view from the deck at the Carinthia base lodge. Competitors will be judged on two separate runs, again vying for a piece of thousands in cash and prizes.

Mount Snow Events Coordinator Greg Fisher predicts that anywhere from 1,500 to 2,000 spectators will be watching the Mega Mother Hucker alone. “When you combine the under-the-lights atmosphere with a live band, fireworks and some of the best freestyle competitors in the region, you know it’s going to be awesome,” said Fisher. Past competitors in the Anti-Gravity Grail have included big-name skiers like Simon Dumont, Ahmete Dadhli and Colby West.

All three events are free of charge for spectators.

Schedule:

JBL Rail Jam – Friday, February 29, 2008

4 – 6pm: Registration in the Main Base Lodge
5:30pm – 7:15pm: Course Inspection
7:15pm: Competitor Meeting
7:30pm: Rail Jam
Awards ceremony 30 minutes after last competitor’s run.

Head Mega Mother Hucker – Saturday, March 1, 2008

8:30 – 10:00am: Registration in the Main Base Lodge
10:00 – 11:30am: Course Inspection
11:30 – 12:00am: Venue Closed for Maintenance
12:15pm: Competitor Meeting
12:30 – 3pm: Qualification (2 Attempts Top Score, Top 10 compete in Hucker)
5:00 – 6pm :Mega Mother Hucker (2 attempts, top score used)
Awards ceremony 30 minutes after last competitor’s run.

Sobe Superpipe Competition – Sunday, March 2, 2008

8 -10am: Registration in the Main Base Lodge
9 – 10:30am: Course Inspection
10:45am: Competitor Meeting
11am- 12:30pm: Qualifiers
1pm: Finals
Awards ceremony 30 minutes after last competitor’s run.

For more information visit www.mountsnow.com, or call (800) 245-SNOW.

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