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Dumont, Hall head for Breck

BRECKENRIDGE – If you didn’t make it to Aspen last weekend for the Winter X Games, wait a couple weeks.

The best freeskiers in the world are coming to Breckenridge.

From the X Games in Aspen, to the U.S. Freeskiing Open in Vail this weekend, and then to Breckenridge, gold medalist Simon Dumont, slopestyle winner Tanner Hall, C.R. Johnson, Henrik Windstedt, Rory Bushfield, Steele Spence, Dave Crichton and Shoya Okazaki will be featured at the BMW X3 FreeSki Invitational Feb. 6-7.

The made-for-television event will air on CBS Feb.15 at noon.

Under the lights at Breckenridge

For the first time at Breckenridge, the Saturday night superpipe competition will take place under the lights, similar to the X Games, the Grand Prix in Park City or the Freeskiing Open Big Air competition.

The event begins Feb. 6 with the dual free moguls competition on Breckenridge’s Peerless run.

The action continues on Feb. 7 with the slopestyle competition at the Freeway Terrain Park.

During the competition, a specially designed winter driving course will be organized on Feb. 6, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Guests will be allowed to drive through snow in one-hour sessions with a professional instructor.

U.S. Freeskiing Open starts this weekend

VAIL – The 2004 Nature Valley U.S. Freeskiing Open returns to Vail today through Sunday.

Some of the best freeskiers in the world will participate in Big Air, slopestyle, crossmax and superpipe competitions.

Participants include Mikael Deschaenaus, Tanner Hall, Sarah Burke, Lars Lewen and John Reedy.

Today, the slopestyle prelims begin at 10 a.m.

On Friday, men’s and women’s slopestyle finals start at 2 p.m.

On Saturday, crossmax finals begin at 2 p.m., and Big Air finals at 7 p.m.

On Sunday, the superpipe finals begin at 2 p.m.

Last year, more than 7,000 people attended Saturday’s Big Air competition.

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