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Dirt boarders take S’mass for U.S. Open

Aspen Times staff
Joel Lee of Colorado Springs rockets down last year's dirt boardercross course on Fanny Hill at Snowmass. The second U.S. Open Mountainboarding Championships at Snowmass runs today through Sunday. Aspen Times photo.

The second U.S. Open Mountainboarding Championships at Snowmass opens today with training riding, setting up a showdown of the top 100-or-so in the nation in dirt boardercross and big air competitions Saturday and Sunday.All events will take place on Fanny Hill, just off the Snowmass Village Mall.

Competitors include Jereme Leafe of New Hampshire, who is the defending overall U.S. Open Champion, based on a calculation of boardercross and big air results from last year.Similar to snowboarding, the dirt boardercross features riders racing head to head in heats of four, with the top two finishers advancing to the next round. The course is laden with jumps, rollers, banked turns and, of course, rocks and dirt and dust.

The big air is as its name suggests – best trick off a large, kicker-style jump.While the event unites some of the finest riders in the land, it also promises plenty of carnage. The most experienced mountainboarders, it seems, are sturdy and proven stuntmen and test pilots.

“They’re pretty amazing,” said Snowmass Village’s Paul Tefft of EnviroAction Sports, the event coordinator with Mitch Stegall.”The crash and burn action is pretty huge, and they usually just jump up and go back and do it again.”

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