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Spirit of adventure explodes at Copper

Shauna Farnell

COPPER MOUNTAIN – Certain sports require more of a sense of adventure than others, and all will be on display at the second annual AdventureFest at Copper Mountain this weekend.

“It’s basically a celebration of the entire mountain lifestyle,” said Copper spokesman Ben Friedland. “We’re bringing everything into the fold.”

A few of the sports on display are up-and-coming, such as mountain boarding, which fuses snowboarding with skateboarding and single-track, which is establishing a niche throughout Colorado.

“New sports sometimes have a tendency to fizzle out,” Friedland said. “But with something like mountain boarding, there’s a lot of progression involved. Mountain boarding will survive.”

Representatives from MBS Mountain Boards will offer free demos from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday during AdventureFest. The company is responsible for pioneering the sport and will demonstrate its top-of-the-line models with new brake systems and decks made from snowboard manufacturing gurus Never Summer.

“(Mountain boarding) is probably where snowboarding was 20 years ago,” said MBS co-founder Patrick McConnell. “We’re really trying to get a toe-hold. We’ve been at it almost 10 years now, and we’ve gone from about 100 dealers to about 900. Now that we have some entry-level boards starting at around $119, the sport’s becoming a lot more accessible for people. You’ll see kids out at Copper, and their dads are riding with them. It’s a lot easier than it looks.”

The Mile High Extreme Team will perform BM stunts in Copper Village, and climbers are encouraged to register for a climbing wall competition Saturday. For those who are better at capturing athletes on film than participating in the adventure, there will be an AdventureFest photo contest for amateur photographers, with work depicting action and adventure.

Fly-fishing demos, disc golf and mountain bike clinics will also be available at AdventureFest. Johnny Magambo will play live music from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday and Thomas Mapfumo will perform from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday. For more information on AdventureFest, call (800) 458-8386, ext. 4INFO.

Shauna Farnell can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 236, or at sfarnell@summitdaily.com.


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