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Copper Mountain: Skiers get into the groove at Red Bull 1976 Games finals

BRYCE EVANS
summit daily news
Summit County, Colorado

It was more than 30 years ago when Denver was awarded the 1976 Winter Olympic Games ” and promptly turned it down after protest from activists and politicians.

So, 33 years after the 1976 Games were staged in Austria, Copper Mountain is hosting an event to bring back the spirit of those times, at least, in exaggerated appearance.

Beginning Friday, the finals of the Red Bull 1976 Games will be held on Copper’s Lower Bouncer Run.

The competition consists of 20 four-person teams that have qualified through the season-long series. The teams will compete in “Snowbladecross” and “Old School Air,” while the participants channel their inner-70s groove and retro ski skills by donning one-piece suits and mustaches.

The event begins Friday with its opening ceremonies in Copper’s Burning Stones Plaza.

Then, the competition heats up on Saturday with the “Snowbladecross” qualifying round at 11:30 a.m. The finals for the “Snowbladecross” will take place later in the day at 2 p.m., while the “Old School Air” competition runs from 4:30-5:30 p.m.

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Teams are judged based on “event performance, creativity and overall 70’s style,” according to the event’s media staff. Prizes will also be awarded for best costume and team mojo. Prizes include $1,000 for first place and $750 for second place.

The finals of the Red Bull 1976 Games are part of the second weekend of Copper’s Sunsation, what the resort calls the “original end-of-the-season bash.” Beyond the Red Bull 1976 Games and the slopes still being open to the public, Copper will host live music on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

For more information on the weekend’s activities, visit http://www.coppersunsation.com.