Down to Earth
… Ever wonder what it would be like to be lost on a ski mountain – on foot? Two lucky folks found out on Saturday. The sight of them caught our eye from the lift, when we realized the man and woman were scanning their trail map under the American Flyer chair in jeans and hiking boots. We asked them if they were searching for the superpipe, and they said they were. So we gave them the bad news: They’d already hiked at least 300 vertical feet too far. They took it in stride and turned around. In fact, hundreds of folks made the pipe pilgrimage on foot Saturday, especially for the afternoon’s men’s ski competition…. Speaking of crowds, although they’ve been a fraction of what event organizers expected them to be for the actual competitions, we witnessed the Jurassic 5 reverse effect on Saturday. Instead of skiers and riders exiting Copper and heading for the freeway at 4 p.m., they stayed – and were joined by hordes of folks arriving for the free concert…. After months of hype (including much of our own) and three action-packed days of competitions, expos and concerts, the 2005 Winter Gravity Games wind down today with the final two competitions and two more freestyle snowmobile demos at Copper’s East Village. The competitions are marquee events: men’s snowboard pipe at 10 a.m., and men’s ski slopestyle at 1 p.m. The snowmobile demos will take place from 11-11:30 a.m. and 1:15-1:45 p.m.Vail, Colorado
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