It’s time for Freeriders to up the ante |

It’s time for Freeriders to up the ante

COPPER MOUNTAIN – Snowboarders and freeskiers who have been competing in local contests now have a chance to earn some cash for their performances.

The third annual Copper Mountain Freeride Series kicks off today with a boardercross race, continues Sunday with skiercross, and carries on in upcoming weekends with a jib fest, a slopestyle and a halfpipe contest.

The top male and female snowboarder and skier in three of the five events will win $600. Other prizes, including thousands of dollars worth of gas cards from Freeride Series sponsor Shell, will be distributed at every event.

“We have our snowboard series, then there’s the SOS (Snowboard Outreach Series), and people have their niches for competitions,” said Copper spokeswoman Beth Jahnigen. “The Freeride Series is more for people that really like to get out there and compete, who might be aiming for the next level.”

Skiers and snowboarders on Copper’s Freeride team typically stiffen the competition in Freeride Series contests, but any skier or rider who regularly competes has a good chance at the final cash purse.

“We’re excited about our third year,” said Freeride Series organizer Maja Russer. “We’re working really hard in making this into a freeski event known around the state. Last year we had 50 to 70 competitors (per event). We’ve already had athletes calling from Aspen, Vail … we’ve had athletes calling from all over. It’s a great event for the person who’s done some competitions but who’s ready to step it up a little.”

Registration for today’s boardercross takes place between 8 and 9 a.m. at Jack’s Slopeside Grill in Copper’s center village. The same applies Sunday for the skiercross event. Racing begins at 10:30 a.m. both days on the Highpoint cross course. Registration is $30 per event, and discounted lift tickets are available for competitors. For more information and a Freeride Series schedule, visit

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