Copper to host Oakley Big Night Out slopestyle jam
COPPER MOUNTAIN – Copper Mountain Resort will host the Oakley Big Night Out Slope Jam, a nighttime competition open to male and female snowboarders, beginning at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday. Saturday will mark the first Oakley Big Night Out event featuring nighttime snowboard competitions; the former Oakley Big Day Out only included daytime surf and skateboard events. Copper’s course will be located on the east side of the American Eagle Lift near the resort’s base area. There will be three levels of competition based on ability including junior (ages 15 and younger), advanced (nonprofessional adult rider) and shop (professional adult rider) categories. A total cash purse of $2,800 will be awarded for the first, second and third place finishers in the shop and advanced categories. Junior competitors will compete for Oakley prizes. The course will include rails, hits and features designed by Copper’s terrain parks and pipes team, the fulltime designers of the award-winning Catalyst Terrain Park, voted the eighth overall terrain park in North America in the 2005 Transworld SNOWboarding Magazine readers’ poll.”We jumped at the chance to build this course since the format is different than most jams due to the variety of features,” said Doug Hagen, supervisor of Copper’s parks and pipes. “The event should be a blast. It features grass roots and professional talent under the lights.”The field will be capped at 90 athletes, 30 competitors per category. Those interested are encouraged to register early at http://www.copperseries.com. Registration fees are $40 for shop, $30 for advanced, and free for junior athletes. Registration is also available the day of the event from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Gravitee Snowboard Shop in The Village at Copper. The event is free to all spectators who would like to witness this new and unique competition. An hour-long practice session for all competitors will begin at 3 p.m., followed by a 4:15 p.m. mandatory riders’ meeting. The junior competition kicks off at 4:30 p.m., followed by the advanced at 6 p.m. and the shop competition at 7:30 p.m. An awards ceremony and bonfire will be held at 9 p.m. in Burning Stones Plaza. Spectators and athletes are welcome to the event after party, beginning at 9 p.m. in the Storm King Lounge in The Village at Copper.
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