SNOWMASS VILLAGE - The outrageous Schneetag competition, described by many to be the nuttiest event of the season, commenced for its sixth year in Snowmass as part of the annual closing-day celebration. One by one, 11 teams of four plummeted down a slope below the Spider Sabich Race Arena in their homemade boats and floats - all in a courageous and zany attempt to skim across a 75-foot, ice-cold standing pond.
Competing within the categories of creativity, skit performance, craft construction and overall success in riding the course, the teams entered the event with specific themes that they honored with short skits performed at the top of the slope before making their descents.
Tenaciously beating out fierce competitors such as Ice Fisherman and Dope Strong, which were nipping at their heels, the Silver Boom Bobsled Team, featuring teammates John Peckler, Kyle Scharf, Taylor Preusch and Kari Lyche, came away with the gold as it rode down the slope in a homemade mining cart attached to skis and adorned with the letters "TNT."
Peckler gave us the scoop on the team's approach to the event, as well as his secretive schemes for next year's competition.
Snowmass Sun: What was your winning bobsled craft made out of, and how did you come up with the idea?
John Peckler: The recipe to our craft is a well-kept secret, so unfortunately we can't share that, but we grew up in the valley, and we wanted to go old-school with our theme and get something from Aspen's colorful history. After all, mines and dynamite are freaking awesome.
SS: How did you form your team? Is this the first year you participated in Schneetag?
JP: We have been getting our Schneetag on for a while now. You may recognize us from the posters around town: We were the Spice Girls as well as last year's champions. This year we had two returning members, and to pick the other two, we held tryouts. Whoever bought us the most drinks got the spots, and it turned out that the picks could do a whole lot more in the end.
SS: What was your general approach for getting across the pond?
JP: Our approach to the pond was speed and large cojones.
SS: Did you or any of your teammates suffer any injuries in the process?
JP: Besides the general hypothermia experienced by all, we only had one team member suffer a small cut from carrying his snow blades. So I'd say overall it was a success.
SS: Are you planning to participate again next year? If so, do you or your teammates have any ideas in mind?
JP: We are already scheming on what we will be bringing to the table next year, and although we can't give out any hints (since Schneetag etiquette would require us to kill anyone we gave secrets to), we will say that it is going to be a show you don't want to miss.