The first ever FUSE Snowskate Derby went down last weekend at the FUSE home base in Crested Butte, Colorado. Bright blue skies and great snow conditions set the stage for a unique contest format based on another leisure drinking “sport”, golf.
Crested Butte’s 3 parks were broken down into 9 separate single features or multiple features in a row; these making up the “holes”. The field was broken down into foursomes that ran the course getting up to 3 tries per hole. Each person carried a score card and judged their best run themselves with the consensus of their group.
Par would be a 4 and generally a stock run with little to no sketch. Add some amplitude or tweak on a stock run and it’s a birdie 3. A really sick run gets an eagle 2. And a never before scene trick in snowskating or phenomenal run would ace the hole for a 1.
Butt checks and hand drags adds a point to any of the above scores. Or, an otherwise less than stock run gets a bogey 5 or double bogey 6, and so forth.
The lowest 3 scores went into a final round that was a best of 5 holes being judged by 4 appointed judges.
1st place was a buttery smooth, Sean Davis, out of South Lake Tahoe. 2nd went to technical ripper, Reek Ellis, also out of So. Lake Tahoe. And, 3rd place was Silverthorne, Colorado’s legendary snowskater, Matt Quam.
CB’s own Coreshot rocked an after party at local saloon, Kochevar’s, till the wee hours of the night.
Sunday the skater’s convened at FUSE headquarters in Mt. Crested Butte for an all day backyard jib and pow bash.
Photos and video are coming in and will post up as available.
Much thanks to Crested Butte for all their hard work. Also, big thanks to all the sponsors for being part of the snowskate movement. Special thanks, of course, to all the competitors, especially those that travelled great distances to make it.
The FUSE Snowskate Derby was a great success and a great time; a true classic in the making!