Dummy Gelunde World Championships set for Dec. 13 in Vail
VAIL In its third year, the Dummy Gelunde World Championships will return to the Vail Snow Daze weeklong festival on Dec. 13 from 3 to 5 p.m. Registration opened to the public Nov. 1 and is limited to a field of 25 teams.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 Golden Peak on Vail Mountain on Dec. 13, with viewing and judging taking place from 1 to 3 p.m. Entry cost is $50 per team and is limited to a field of 25 teams on a first come, first served policy. Online registration, as well as detailed event information including rules is available at http://www.vailsnowdaze.com.