Copper celebrates the Olympics that weren’t |

Copper celebrates the Olympics that weren’t

Bryce Evans
Summit Daily News
Summit County, Colorado
Summit Daily/Mark FoxKevin Loughlin, left, and Hunt Williams of Park City, Utah, dressed in 1970s ski fashion, execute an old school backscratcher and iron cross while participating in the Red Bull 1976 Games Old School Air at Copper Mountain last year. This year's competition kicks off tonight with an opening ceremonies at Jake's Bar.

COPPER MOUNTAIN, Colorado – One city’s mistake is another’s opportunity. Well, sort of.

More than 34 years since Denver was awarded the 1976 Olympic Games – and turned it down – Copper Mountain is commemorating the unique decision with its one-of-a-kind snow-skill competition, the Red Bull 1976 Games.

In honor of the ’76 Games, which ended up taking place in Austria, competitors will take to the slopes of Copper on Saturday with a 1970’s flare – or at least exaggerated 70s attire – to square off in “snowblade cross” and “old school big air.”

Everyone competes in teams, and the judging criteria is based on “event performance, creativity and overall 70’s style,” according to the event’s website.

The games kick off with an opening ceremony at Jack’s Bar at Copper Friday evening from 7-10 p.m. The ceremony will have a DJ and fashion show.

Competition begins the next morning with qualifying rounds of the snowblade cross starting at 11 a.m. At noon, the finals will be held.

At 2:30 p.m., the big air competition will take place.

Registration for the event is still open and will take place at the Woodward at Copper Cage on Friday (5-7 p.m.) and Saturday (9-10 a.m.).

The Red Bull 1976 Games are part of Copper’s two-week Sunsation 2010, a closing ceremonies of sorts for the resort that consists of live music and a plethora of different events.

For more info on the Red Bull 1976 Games or Copper’s Sunsation, visit

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