Steamboat hosts Boarderfest, Day of Champions |

Steamboat hosts Boarderfest, Day of Champions

— Local snowboarders will have a chance to compete on the slopes of the Steamboat Ski Area this weekend when the Bud Light Boarderfest 2000 rolls into town.

The event will feature a halfpipe competition at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Bashor Bowl. Sunday will open with a boarder-cross event on Headwall.

Boarderfest will come to a close that afternoon at 3 p.m. with an invitation-only big-air competition that will also be held on Headwall.

The halfpipe and boarder-cross events are open to the public, with classes for both professional and amateur contestants. The fee is $40 each for either boarder-cross or halfpipe events. To enter or find out more about the compeition, log on to: www/

In addition to the snowboard events, the ski area will also host Steamboat Champions Day on Sunday.

The public is invited to join either Nelson Carmichael or Billy Kidd for a free instructional ski clinic at 1 p.m. Carmichael will meet his group at the Four Points Hut to ski Nelson’s Run and Kidd will meet participants at the top of the gondola to ski Heavenly Daze. U.S. Ski Team guests skiers will be accompanying both of the groups.

At 3:30 p.m. in Gondola Square, Steamboat celebrates its long-standing tradition by honoring local skiing stars Anne Battelle, Caroline Lalive, Clint Jones, Brendan Doran, Bill Demong, Carl Van Loan, Johnny Spillane and Todd Lodwick. World Champions Carmichael, Parker Schmidt and Kidd will also be on hand.

The event is designed to give everyone a chance to meet, get autographs, and have pictures taken with their favorite local athletes.

–To reach John F. Russell call 871-4209 or e-mail

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