Friday, March 25, 2005

Cool and unusual punishment

Riders feel Stole Fest spirit

9-year old Chase Josey was flying high at the Smith Stole Fest on Wednesday. Josey finished in a tie for third place in a field of 40.

Forget about algebra, this math was way scary.

About 40 alpine enthusiasts turned out for the Smith Stole Fest in front of Apples Bar & Grill Wednesday.

The course featured three sets of towers with the highest 25-feet tall. Ramps connected the towers to each other and a 32-foot long rail on a souped up Cadillac 10-feet off the ground.

The hairy course dimensions all added up to a whole lot of fun.

Bobby Flanigan won the snowboard division, and according to an onlooker, "stomped all his landings." Jason Thivos was the runner up.

John Ware knocked off Mike Marks to claim the ski title and both champs, Ware and Flanigan, pocketed $250 in cash.

One of the organizers, Andy Gilbert remarked, "It was nice for once to see the whole snowboard community and ski community get together and show up. Plus it was cool to have an event that was just for fun."

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