Vail’s Session is history
VAIL, Colorado ” The term gnar-gnar will be conspicuously absent in Vail come January.
The Vail Valley Foundation and Vail Resorts announced Tuesday that The Session, a popular snowboarding event since 2003 which often attracted riders as a warm-up for the X Games in Aspen later in January, has been canceled.
The VVF and VR, according to a press release, had already determined that 2009 would be the final year of The Session. John Dakin, the spokesman for the foundation, said Tuesday that while “the current economic situation is challenging” that was not the reason The Session was canceled.
“It basically is that The Session has accomplished the goals that we set out for it when we created it ” to help position Vail and Vail Mountain as a snowboarding destination. Our decision is now, it’s time to move on to the next generation of winter events.”
Dakin said that the VVF and VR are looking to find an event that could fill the slot that The Session occupied in early January, but was not specific as to what sport or sports that would be involved or type of happening that may be.
“There is nothing to say that we may not come back with a different version of The Session or another winter event, even including snowboarding as an element,” Dakin said. “You’re asking people to look into the crystal ball and ask, ‘What is the next trendy event?’ I can’t tell you what that is now.”
Dakin hinted that the two organizations are looking at a “cutting edge event as early as 2010.”
During its six years, The Session featured numerous highlights, including the early domination by Olympic gold medalist Shaun White. The 2007 Session showcased the first 1260s ever landed in a slopestyle competition by David Benedek and Chas Guildemond, while the 2008 event featured the first 1440 landed in competition by Guildemond.
In addition to White, Benedek and Guildemond, The Session alumni also included Andreas Wiig, Travis Rice, Kevin Pierce, Molly Aguirre, Silvia Mittermueller and Marie-France Roy.
Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 748-2934 or email@example.com.
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Jeff Shiffrin, with his wife, Eileen, made the Vail area their home decades ago, and together raised Mikaela and Taylor Shiffrin, who was a member of the two-time NCAA Champion University of Denver Ski Team.