Team event has come to define Bump Buffet |

Team event has come to define Bump Buffet

Summit Daily/Brad Odekirk

BRECKENRIDGE – If you want to catch the best entertainment that the annual Breckenridge Bump Buffet has to offer, you have to show up early to watch the team competition.According to Buffet founder, Scott Yule, the storied event has changed somewhat since its inception in 1980.”This was a serious bump competition 15 or 20 years ago,” Yule said after completing his 27th consecutive Buffet. “Now the spirit’s in the team event.”Fifteen teams competed in four divisions on the High Anxiety mogul run, most of which presented costumes and skits in hopes of gaining maximum style points.Several of Sunday’s costumes were signs of the times.

The winning co-ed team of Just Dickin’ Around,” reenacted Vice President Cheney’s recent hunting mishap.”You have to get some political humor in there,” said team member Aerie Debevec, who portrayed Cheney in his team’s skit. “Our team also included two birds, a lawyer and the lawyer’s buddy.”Debevec racked up some valuable points for his team by pulling a 360 off the course’s bottom job.At least two other teams used the mogul venue to make political statements, – the “Ghosts of the Imperial Past,” and the “Imperial Temptresses.” Both teams were comprised of seven female ski patrollers from Breck. Their concept was born from the controversy surrounding Breck’s addition of the Imperial Express chairlift.”We all had conflicting viewpoints about it,” eight-year Breck ski patroller Susie Nothnagel said. “We wanted to find a cool way to present both sides of the issue.”

The Ghosts of Imperial Past skied down first, brandishing a sickle and a sign that read “What’s next, Peak 6?”The Ghosts were soon followed by the Temptresses, who ambushed their mock enemies with snowballs as they cheered for Breck’s newest lift. “Why hike when you can ride?” one Temptress team member asked.The womens-division-winning St. Pallavicinni Girls evoked a different local lift with their nickname.”We all love to ski at A-Basin,” said St. Pally Girl, Holly Holmes, who has been competing in the Bump Buffet with teammates Jill Walker, Jody Thompson and Kim Clark for the better part of fifteen years. “We compete in this every year, always with a different costume.”Holmes was also victorious in the individual womens division. Other individual winners included Ian Borgensen in the junior division and Scott Powers in the men’s division. Best overall big air went to Glen Carin; best overall costume went to Eric “Zippy, the Pinhead, Bard and Caren Mapes earned the distinction of best overall crash.

In the team events, Victoria Secret Angelos were male champs and Tele Gangsters won the kids division as the only entrants.Other intriguing concepts were exhibited by the Blue Man Group, Rippin’ Rednecks and Desperate Tele Wives.According to Yule, Bump Buffet is as fun as it’s ever been.”It just keeps getting’ better,” Yule said. “It’s one of the last events at Breck that really lets everyone cut loose.”Adam Boffey can be contacted at (970) 668-3998, ext. 13631 or at

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