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Competitions spring into Summit

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Summit Daily file photo/Reid Williams Breckenridge's Spring Massive attracts world-class skiers and boarders each year for two days of slopestyle and halfpipe competitions.

As the weather warms and the ski season comes to an end, resorts all over Summit County will be home to several competitions available to the public.Whether the focus is endurance, speed, freestyle or all three, the events are good ways to showcase skills developed during the winter.

– Powder 8’s, April 7 or 8: The first and oldest participatory spring event in Summit is the Powder 8’s, April 7 or 8 (depending on weather conditions). Up to 18 two-person teams will try to descend Peak 7 with symetry and even tempo, to leave the perfect figure eight tracks behind. In its 25th year, the Powder 8’s are in danger of extinction. Organizer Rick Ascher has headed the event for 10 years and hopes to pass the torch to someone for next year. To register, call Ascher at The Glide Shop at (970)453-2111. The cost to compete is $125 per team. – Spring Massive freestyle competitions, April 8-10: Breckenridge Resort’s Spring Massive year-end celebration will be home to three freestyle events in Breck’s Freeway Terrain Park, open to male and female skiers and snowboarders. The Massive slopestyle competition will be April 8, and is $35 to enter.

The Matt Wyffels rail jam is April 9, and is $30 to compete. All of the proceeds from the rail jam will go to Wyffels, an honorary member of the Breckenridge Freeride team that was paralyzed in a snowboarding accident. April 10, the Massive superpipe competition will be open to anyone, and costs $35 to enter. Registration for all three events is $90. To register, contact Amy Sabreen at (970)453-3228 or visit 3 Pin Grin Telemark competition, April 9: Loveland Ski Area will host the 3 Pin Grin Telemark competition. Freeheelers will maneuver a course consisting of gates, bumps and a jump with an uphill climb to the finish. Entry is $50 per person. To register visit or call John Sellers at (303) 571-5580, ext. 141.

– The 14th annual Imperial Challenge, April 16: In the most grueling event of the Spring in Summit, Imperial competitors will start on bicycle at the Breckenridge Recreation Center. After a 6.3-mile trek to the base of Peak 8, bikes will be traded in for snowshoes or anything the competitors want to use to ascend 2,998 feet of the peak. Once they reach the top, participants will strap on skis or a snowboard and race to the Bergenhoff restaurant. Entry is $30 per person or $90 per three-person team. Visit Great Adventure Sports at 400 N. Park Ave. in Breckenridge or to register. – 16th annual Mogul Masters and Dual Tele Bump Contest, April 16: Arapahoe Basin will host three competitions in April, starting April 16, with the 16th annual Mogul Masters and Dual Tele Bump Contest. Amateur freestyle skiers have a chance to compete on the bumps course. Registration for the Mogul Masters and Dual Tele Bump contest will be held the morning of the event, beginning at 8 a.m., and will cost $20.

– Volcom Peanut Butter and Rail Jam, April 16: Snowboarders will try to grease as many rails as possible at the Volcom Peanut Butter and Rail Jam at Copper Mountain. Entry is free for the snowboard only event. Day-of registration will be at Jack’s in Copper.- 16th annual Enduro, April 20: A-Basin will host the 16th annual Enduro. Skiers and riders take laps on the Pallavacini chair from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. without stopping. The record is 67 laps in the 10-hour period. Call (888)ARA-PAHO, ext 3 to register. The cost is $125 to compete. All proceeds from the event will benefit Summit County resident Todd Trenchard.- The Grind, April 30: To finish the season at A-Basin, experienced adventure racers or daring beginners can compete in the Grind. After climbing 2,000 vertical feet to Little Lenawee Peak, competitors will ski or ride down the double black diamond North Pole and Lower East Wall. Cash prizes will go to the top male and female racers. Registration for the Grind will be in the A-Frame the day of the event and will be $20. Call (888) ARA-PAHO or visit to find out more.

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