10th Mountain Roller Dolls host Melee in the Mountains in Vail, April 28-29 | VailDaily.com

10th Mountain Roller Dolls host Melee in the Mountains in Vail, April 28-29

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K.O. Krista, center, demonstrates her blocking abilities. The 10th Mountain Roller Dolls will host the 5th annaul Melee in the Mountains bout this Saturday at Dobson Ice Arena in Vail.
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What: Melee in the Mountains.

When: 10 a.m. Saturday, April 29.

Where: Dobson Ice Arena, 321 E. Lionshead Circle, Vail.

Cost: Admission is $10 for adults ($11.34 with service fee) and free for kids younger than 15, senior citizens and active-duty military members.

More information: Tickets can be purchased at 10thmountainrollerdolls.com.

VAIL — This weekend promises some high-rolling action when the Melee in the Mountains roller derby event returns to town.

The fun actually begins Friday, April 28, when the 10th Mountain Roller Dolls host a free community open skate at Dobson Ice Arena from 5 to 7 p.m. Novice skaters can learn how to jam, shoot the duck, nollie, ollie or heel-flip-it. Event goers can bring their own wheels: quad or inline skates, skateboards, scooters, strollers or striders. The free session is a chance to meet the local derby competitors and members of the visiting tournament teams. Music and door prizes are planned.

Following the community skate celebration, a meet-and-greet will be held at Pazzo’s Pizzeria in Vail Village, located at 122 E. Meadow Drive. Everyone is invited for food and drink specials and pizza.

Mountain Melee

The fifth annual Melee in the Mountains will get under way at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 29, at Dobson Ice Arena. The Roller Derby action begins at 10:30 a.m. for the double-elimination tournament. Melee in the Mountains is a Women’s Flat Track Derby Association-sanctioned event, so it sets up competing teams to rank nationally, based on the outcome and score.

The Sucias from Las Cruces, New Mexico, take on the 10th Mountain Roller Doll Mountaineers in pre-game followed by a matchup between the Juggernauts of Jackson Hole, Wyoming, and the Ark Valley High Rollers of Salida at noon. Runner-up teams will face off at 2:30 p.m. and a mix-up bout will begin at 5 p.m. Skaters from all across the region, as well the local Troopers squad, will join to entertain fans with booty-blocking, juking and jamming action.

The event halftime begins at 3:30 p.m. and spectators will be invited to join in for a chuck-a-duck competition, photo booth option and other fan activities. A park-play area will feature games for youth ages 5 to 15. DJ Krusher Jones will be spinning tunes. Seasoned announcers will inform the crowd on what’s down ’n’ derby. Spectators should look for Ask Me event skaters to offer explanation during competition.

The winners of the elimination round hit the track at 7 p.m. for a tournament championship bout. Spectators are urged to arrive early to check out concessions, participate in the teams’ silent auction, buy T-shits and commemorative mugs and join in the singing of the National Anthem.

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