by Doug Blake
Spring won’t be the only thing in the air on March 9th at Copper Mountain. 10 Barrel’s Hella Big Air competition takes over Center Village for the second year in a row setting out to launch skiers, propel snowboarders, and deluge craft beers all in the name of love and money. The Hella series hits Summit County in the first of three stops across the west (Mt. Bachelor 3/30 and Sierra Tahoe 4/6) providing ample opportunities for “hella big airs, hella big beers, and hella good times.”
The competition is open to ski and snowboarders eighteen years and older for a total purse of $20,000. Women and men will compete off of a 60+ foot jump for a first place cash out of $3,000 per snowsport. If you're interested in entering the Hella Big Air competition fill out the quick entry resume and get some air reps in before Saturday.
This year the Colorado chapter of craft beer mega-brewery, 10 Barrel Brewing, is taking care of all the planning, prepping, and most importantly, the mountain driving. In what’s sure to be the most exciting ride-sharing event of the spring, Denverites can sign up for an all inclusive day of drinks, skiing and riding, lunch, and most importantly, a designated driver. Check-in starts at 6:30 AM and the bus leaves at 7:30 AM from Denver’s RiNo neighborhood for a full day of laughs, launches, and libations. Upon return, the pub has planned a post epic-day after party with food and drink specials. Full day packages can be purchased with or without lift tickets and comes with a guarantee for good times.
It doesn’t matter if your competing for the cash or soaking in the rays while slamming a cold one, this event has fun for all. Competitors who don’t make the final rounds of the competition and spectators looking for vicarious thrills can post up at the base, join the crowd, and watch the Hella big jumps with both feet on the ground. Finals start at 3:00 PM with awards and a free concert from the Bear Hands to follow.