Snowmobilers to catch big air |

Snowmobilers to catch big air

— Sam Carver is one of the best riders in the sport of freestyle snowmobiling. He will be the star attraction Friday night when Warrior Promotions puts on a big air show at the Steamboat Springs Airport.

Promoter Henry Billett said four riders will reach dizzying heights during the two-hour show. Carver will be joined by Tyler Nelson, Bud Carpenter and Matt “Tinger” Tingstead.

Organizers will use the snow around the airport to build a takeoff ramp for the snowmobilers’ tricks. The riders are expected to launch over a 60-foot gap before landing on another ramp at the other end of the parking lot.

Billett said more than 800 people showed up for a shorter freestyle program, which was held as part of a snowcross race held at Romick Rodeo Arena earlier this winter. The popularity of that event is one of the reasons Billett decided to come back to Steamboat for the freestyle show.

He is anticipating a similar-sized crowd for this week’s event.

Spectators can purchase pre-sale tickets for $8 at Mountain Sport Center, Extreme Power Sports and Action Motorsports. Tickets can also be purchased at the gate for $10. The show will start at 6:30 p.m. and is scheduled to last until 8:30 p.m.

“We are going to run the event in the parking lot,” Billett said. “There is plenty of snow from where they have plowed this winter to build the track.”

— To reach John F. Russell call 871-4209

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