Dummy Gelunde World Championships in Vail on Dec. 13
VAIL, Colorado In its third year, the Dummy Gelunde World Championships will return to the Vail Snow Daze weeklong festival Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Gold Peak base area. Entry has been capped with 25 teams registered for the competition. Dummy Gelunde is free for spectators and is a full sensory experience with thousands of free giveaways, live DJs, as well as food and beverage service.Dummy Gelunde is a sport of sorts, where teams of one to three people construct snow-riding dummies attached to a pair of skis or a snowboard and launch the handmade contraptions over a giant on-snow jump. Dummies are then judged on distance, air, creativity, takeoff, landing and crowd response.The Dummy Gelunde World Championships is hands-down the wackiest, most outrageous event in the Snow Daze schedule, said James Deighan of Highline Sports & Entertainment, the producers of the event. Ive seen everything from a dummy toilet to a flying stove to an Army tank compete in this event.This year, a grand prize of $5,000 an increase of $3,500 from the 2007 competition will be awarded to the first place Dummy Gelunde team. Second place will receive $1,500 and third place will receive $750, totally an overall cash purse of $7,250.Not only is this a fantastic opportunity to have fun building a creative snow-riding craft and launching it down Vail Mountain, but its also a great chance to win a huge chunk of cash, said Jeff Brausch of Highline Sports & Entertainment.The Dummy Gelunde World Championships will be held at the base of Golden Peak on Vail Mountain from 2 to 4 p.m., with viewing and judging taking place from noon to 2 p.m. Spectators are encouraged to wear snow apparel, as the event is entirely outdoors.Part of the weeklong Vail Snow Daze festival, the Dummy Gelunde World Championships precede the final headliner concert of the weekend The Fray with special guest Meese performing at the Ford Park concert venue. The concert will start at 6 p.m., with gates opening at 5 p.m. General admission tickets are $35; private reserve tickets are $175 and include private seating as well as food and beverage service. Tickets may be purchased locally in the Vail Valley at the Bottle & Cork in Edwards, the Marketplace on Meadow Drive in Vail Village, at Ford Park will call from 2 to 7 p.m. or online at http://www.vailsnowdaze.com.