Breck team retains Cutter’s Cup title |

Breck team retains Cutter’s Cup title

BRECKENRIDGE – Bigger really is better, as it turns out, for winners of the second annual Snowboarder Magazine Cutter’s Cup, which took place last weekend on Peak 8 in Breckenridge.

The event featured the best terrain park design teams in North America, as well as the best riders. Design teams had 30 hours to create innovative features in the terrain park, which, in turn, became a collaborative “super park” in which 100 snowboarders threw their best tricks all weekend.

The Breckenridge design team of Elliot Cone, Brad Hoerter and Tim Eastley won for the second straight year and will share the prize purse of $7,500. Additionally, the design team from Park City, Utah, won for best jump, and the team from Mammoth and June Mountain, Calif., won for best jib with their wall ride feature. As for riders, Chad Otterstrom and Travis Rice tied for best riding, based on overall impression throughout the weekend, and will split the purse of $10,000.

“Last year, we went with a smaller design. This year, our plan was to push as much snow as possible,” said Cone, who guided his team into creating what riders described as the biggest jump they’d ever hit, another enormous jump and a fun box leading into three separate rails.

“Both of our jumps were above the trees,” Cone said. “The 25-foot fun box had three interchangeable rails – an up to down, a rooftop and a double kink. We called it the IRS – the Interchangeable Rail System.”

The Breck jumps were called the “gap up, step down” and the “gapped-out Vader.” The table top on the Vader jump was 80-feet long with a 110-foot landing. Cone said riders commented to him it was the biggest jump they’d ever done in their lives.

“We used those at the U.S. Open and had a lot of success,” Cone said. “We gapped out our table tops to make everything look as big as possible. I think like 5 percent of everybody hit the second jump. This year, we really pushed all the riders. This was the biggest super park ever.”

Copper groomer wins Terrain Master award

COPPER MOUNTAIN – Colorado Ski Country USA recently named Copper Mountain Parks and Pipes Foreman Jason Gusaas Terrain Master of the Year. The award is the first of its kind and earned Gusaas an invitation from Ski Area Management Magazine to instruct other park designers at a cutter’s camp in Mt. Hood, Ore., next month.

Each of Colorado Ski Country’s 25-member resorts was invited to submit a nominee for the Terrain Master award. Nominees were judged on six specific criteria – leadership ability, safety awareness, personal initiative, relations with other crew members and departments, knowledge of equipment and changing technology and knowledge of snow and weather conditions.

“Jason has evolved into one of the top park builders in the country,” said Brian Amundson, Copper’s slope maintenance supervisor. “His positive “can-do’ attitude and excellent training skills are the main reason our park and pipe program has been so successful in recent years.”

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