No more bikinis at Sunsation
COPPER MOUNTAIN – “Blasphemy,” seven-time Eenie Weenie Bikini Contest winner Joel Godfrey said of Copper Mountain’s decision to discontinue the long-running event. However, he did admit that it has changed since his heyday in the ’90s.
“One part of me says it’s a vibrant part of creativity that rewarded people for paying a visit to Summit County in April,” he said. “Yet another part of me says that in the last few years it has not been the same as when I was competing.”
He cites his winning streak (excuse the expression) as due to his creativity in costumes and props, including riding down in a full-sized Chopper motorcycle, a Star Wars inspired ship one year and another year in a yellow submarine creation. But said that in the event’s latter years, it turned into a “skin-to-win format,” where he didn’t belong.
Participation in general has declined from close to 100 skiers and riders, down to about 20 in its final year, 2005, according to the resort. Copper Mountain special events marketing manager Maja Russer attributes this with the dramatic drop in the price of a season pass, the reward to the winner.She said other on-hill events including the Helly Hansen and Hometown Heros snowboard competitions and rail jam in the terrain park are “more endemic” to the resort and are more “in line with the brand and culture.”