LUDLOW, Vt. – Spectators gathered to see some high-flying antics as skiers and riders competed in Okemo Mountain Resort’s Huckfest 2013 on Saturday, Feb. 16.
Huckfest competitors launched themselves off a snowy ramp, into the air, and landed on a giant inflated pillow – similar to the ones used by movie stuntmen. The Amp Energy Big Air Bag, made of sturdy PVC and manufactured in The Netherlands, is 30 feet wide and 50 feet long. Internal air pumps ensure constant air pressure to absorb the impact of landings.
Jesse Kendall, of Chester, Vt., won Best Trick Overall and was the victor in the Junior Snowboard division, earning him a cash prize and a new snowboard.
In the Men’s Open Snowboard division, first place went to Sean Jeffers, of Springfield, Vt. Brian Prish, of Woodstock, Vt., took second and Cody Vanderburgh, of North Springfield, Vt., placed third.
Logan White, of Los Angeles, Calif., took top honors in the Men’s Open Ski division and Chris Kasprak , of Ludlow, Vt., snagged second place.
Julia Hoeh, of Mt. Holly, Vt., won the Women’s Open Ski division.
Top Junior Snowboard honors went to Jesse Kendall, of Chester, Vt., and Dillon Jalbert, of Ludlow, Vt., placed second.
Christian Backe , of Ludlow, Vt., won the Junior Ski division and Liam Burke placed second.
Okemo’s Amp Energy Big Air Bag is not just for competing athletes. Located on the bottom of Okemo’s Lower Chief trail, the Amp Energy Big Air Bag is open to the public on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Tickets are sold individually for $5 a jump or three for $12. Website visitors can watch live-action leaping online at okemo.com. Helmets are required and a release of liability must be signed by the user or a parent/guardian before use. A valid Park Safety Pass will satisfy this requirement.