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Massive week of competition on tap at Breck

BRECKENRIDGE – Lots of money is in store for local skiers and snowboarders who want to take a crack at some of the last freestyle competitions of the season.

Breckenridge’s Spring Massive circuit kicks off today with a slopestyle contest, then continues Thursday with halfpipe, Friday with a rail jam benefit, Saturday with the 12th annual Imperial Challenge, Sunday with the 24th annual Bump Buffet and Monday with the inaugural E-Chair Challenge.

The slopestyle and halfpipe events are open to both skiers and snowboarders, and winners will receive a piece of the $4,000 prize purse.



“It’s a pretty local field, with some people (competing) from Denver and Boulder,” said Breckenridge special events coordinator Amy Sabreen. “There’s definitely still room to register.”

Day-of registration is $35 for slopestyle and halfpipe and $25 for the rail jam, which benefits Breckenridge snowboarder Matt Wyffels, who was paralyzed in a high-jump competition at Copper Mountain last season.



Wyffels is undergoing physical therapy in Utah but will be on hand for Friday’s jam, the prize purse for which is $1,500.

“He’s doing really well,” Sabreen said. “He’s still paralyzed, but he’s walking.”

Today’s slopestyle contest and Wednesday’s halfpipe begin at 10:30 a.m. on Peak 8. Registration for both events begins at 8 a.m. at Borders Burritos. Friday’s rail jam begins at 2 p.m. with registration from 9 to 11 a.m.

Bump Buffet

The 24th annual Bump Buffet features individual telemark skiers or teams dressed in zany costumes tackling moguls. For more information, or to pre-register, call (970) 453-3228, or e-mail asabreen@vailresorts.com.

Imperial Challenge

The Imperial Challenge is open to anyone up for the challenge of a seven-mile mountain bike ride to the base of Peak 8, where competitors leave their bikes and snowshoe or skin 3,000 feet up to the top of Imperial Bowl, then ski or snowboard down to the finish line at the Bergenhoff Restaurant.

“It’s become the premiere multi-sport event in Summit County,” said Chris Kulick of Great Adventure Sports, which organizes the event. “It’s also one of the most popular sporting events in the spring in all of Colorado. What people don’t realize is, with the different course lengths, it’s really open to people of all abilities. With the citizen’s course, you don’t have to be a super good skier to get down.”

The citizen’s course takes participants to the base of the T-bar where it turns around for the downhill portion on intermediate Claimjumper.

The race begins at 10 a.m. Saturday at Upper Blue Elementary School in Breckenridge with a mandatory pre-race briefing at 9:45 a.m. Pre-registration is $30 at Great Adventure Sports in Breckenridge or $50 the day of the race. For more information, call Great Adventure at (970) 453-0333.

E-Chair Challenge

Sunday’s E-Chair Challenge consists of two-person teams taking as many laps as possible down the double-black terrain under E Chair on the north side of Peak 9. For registration or more information, call Avalanche Sports at (970) 453-1461 or visit

http://www.springmassive.com.


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