Greenwood flips to Bump Buffet victory
BRECKENRIDGE ” After watching countless spread eagles and a handful of 360s get thrown off the bottom kicker at Sunday’s Bump Buffet, it was a flip that finally got the five-judge panel’s attention.
Breckenridge ski patroller Todd Greenwood walked away from Breck’s 28th annual event with top men’s honors following his daring trick.
“Flips aren’t even that special,” said Greenwood, who downplayed his performance. “This really isn’t a ski competition ” it’s a celebration of spring and telemarking for fun.”
Greenwood was quickly followed by his friend Jack Gervais, who threw a flip of his own while dressed as a beer bottle.
“We weren’t sure if the jump was big enough,” said Gervais, a former Loveland ski patroller. “But we both skied out of it, so it must have been.”
Gervais finished tied for third with two-time defending champ Scott Powers. Mark Thompson was second.
Greenwood was also a member of the winning men’s team, Original Calendar Girls, which he said was created in honor of a group of female Breck patrollers (the Calendar Girls) who competed on Sunday in recognition of their appearance in a calendar now being sold for various charitable causes.
The A-Basin Alley Cats won the women’s team competition.
The Alley Cats, which were led by a handful of Bump Buffet veterans, choose a different name every year, but usually end up at the top of the leaderboard just the same.
“We live for the Bump Buffet,” joked team member Holly Holmes, who finished third Sunday, a year after winning the individual women’s competition.
Jody Thompson was the female winner followed by Jill Sorensen giving the Alley Cats a sweep of the individual podium.
Nacho Tele was the winning co-ed team, followed by Bark Beetles Got Bling and Wedding Crashers.
Ian Borgeson threw two helicopters to win the junior division.
According to Buffet judge Rich Ascher, competitors were judged on their turns, flow, air and costumes.
Although it was not deemed podium-worthy, Saving the Earth’s performance made for a poignant tribute to Earth Day.
During the vignette, protagonist Todd Powell ” dressed in a large, puffy, Mother Earth costume ” was chased down the hill by the personification of evil and greed, Mike Zobbe, who was dressed in an all-black outfit with a large money symbol on his chest.
Zobbe, who ran the Buffet from 1989-1999, recalls a day when 150 or 160 competitors made the event more competitive than it is today.
“It’s more grassroots now,” said Zobbe, a backcountry enthusiast who took his first lift ride of the season Sunday. “Back then, almost everyone did the individual and not everyone did the team. Now, most people compete as a team, but not everyone competes individually.”
Alex Neuschaufer earned the distinction of having the day’s best crash.
“The Bump Buffet is really more of a party than a ski competition,” said Neuschaufer, who applied five coats of pink latex house paint to his skis prior to the Bump Buffet. “It’s just a good time ” that’s what it’s all about.”
Adam Boffey can be contacted at (970) 668-4634 or at email@example.com.
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