Mountain Mania returns Saturday |

Mountain Mania returns Saturday

Daily Staff Report

VAIL – Mountain Mania – the freestyle competition formerly known as Mogul Mania – returns to Vail Mountain Saturday with a moguls contest on Cookshack. The moguls competition – the second in a four-event lineup – comes on the tail of last weekend’s rail jam session.Still ahead is another rails jam session and a halfpipe event.Saturday’s mogul event is open to skiers and snowboarders. The two-hour, single elimination duals begin at 11 a.m. on Cookshack, located below the Avanti Express lift on Vail Mountain. Winners in the Pro/Open category will receive with cash prizes. Competitors in each Mountain Mania competition are also invited to an afterparty featuring Coors Light drink specials and prizes from Mountain Mania sponsors. Mountain Mania pre-registration is available online at Competitors can also register in person at Ski Base in Lionshead located next to the General Store. Registration closes today at 5 p.m. Entrance into Saturday’s moguls event is by pre-registration only.”Our new event format takes advantage of Vail’s entire front side,” Highline Sport’s Amy Hornyak said. “We’ll see riders in the pipe, on the rails and in the bumps. Loading the contest options and padding the prize purse provides even more incentive for people to get out and enjoy the action.”For additional information on the 2005 Mountain Mania series, visit Challenge at Golden PeakCoinciding with Mountain Mania, the Mountain Dew Vertical Challenge swings through Vail Saturday.The event, which welcomes snowriders of all ages and abilities, is at Golden Peak.Participants can enjoy recreational racing, music, interactive games and sponsor expos, all at no cost. In addition to a giant slalom race, athletes can test their mettle in the Mountain Dew Rail Jam presented by Convert. The two-hour rail jam is open to both skiers and boarders.Day-of registration is available from 8 a.m.- noon at the Mountain Dew tent at the base of Golden Peak. The first 100 participants to sign up for the GS race will receive a free event T-shirt. The first 25 to sign up for the Rail Jam will receive a free baseball cap. All athletes must purchase a lift ticket or use their season pass to participate.Race competitors will convene at 10 a.m. at the Golden Peak race arena. The Rail Jam will be held on the U.S. Freeskiing Open course. The session kicks off at 11 a.m.Award ceremonies follow afterward at 3 p.m. The top three in each category will receive medals and invites to the finals in Breckenridge, April 1-2.For a full schedule of Mountain Dew Vertical Challenge dates and locations visit, Colorado

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