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Massive Open kicks in Breckenridge

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With hundreds of athletes competing in this weekend’s four Spring Massive Open competitions, top pro riders and amateurs alike will congregate on Breckenridge Ski Resort starting Friday for the annual slate of competitions.

“That’s the beauty of an open competition,” Breck’s communications manager Kristen Petitt said via e-mail.

The 10-year-old competition, held every year in conjunction with Breck’s Spring Massive celebration, starts Friday and continues through the weekend with halfpipe, slopestyle, park and air events.

Friday’s action consists of the pipe competition for both snowboarders and freeskiers in the Peak 8 superpipe. The event starts at 9:30 a.m. with the snowboard qualifiers. The finals will be held at 11:30 a.m., and the skiers will start their qualifying at 1 p.m. with finals at 2.

Also on Friday will be the Matt Wyffels Massive Rail Jam Open, a jam-session format competition where riders will rotate between three rails in the Freeway Terrain Park just below the halfpipe.

The rail jam was originally started as a fundraiser for rider Matt Wyffels, who was paralyzed in a crash eight years ago. Wyffels, despite the early prognosis, eventually was able to walk again and even get back on his board.

For this year’s competition, Wyfells decided to help out another rider in need – Kevin Pearce. Pearce was seriously injured in a halfpipe spill in Park City, Utah, earlier in the season. Once considered to be one of the top riders in the world, Pearce has since been going through rehabilitation at Denver’s Craig Hospital – the same medical facility Wyfells went through for his rehab.

All entry fees from this year’s rail jam will be donated to Pearce. There will also be a benefit party for Pearce – hosted by Breck’s Olympic bronze medalist J.J. Thomas – at Cecelia’s in Breck on Saturday evening.

The jam will start at 2:30 p.m.

The Massive Style and Air Open will be held on Saturday, with competitors hitting the jump line of the Freeway Terrain Park. Qualifiers begin at 9:30 a.m for the skiers and 1 p.m. for boarders. The freeski final is at 10:45 a.m., and the finals for snowboarding will be at 2:15 p.m.

The weekend wraps up with a slopestyle competition on Sunday. Starting at 9:30 a.m.

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