Wednesday, April 10, 2013

At Orage Masters, skiers fly high

Event draws some 1,000 spectators

Express Staff Writer

Skier Maks Gorham, of the Stept team, gracefully glides through the air Friday at Dollar Mountain while being filmed on a practice run.

Though life can’t always be a party, it certainly was at the 2013 Orage Masters self-described “anti-comp,” which took place Saturday on Dollar Mountain.

Eight teams representing ski-film crews competed in the event, which featured costume-clad competitors, a proud break-all-rules attitude, plenty of goofiness and some serious, huge-air athleticism.

“The event was legendary,” said Orage spokesperson Mike Nick. “[It] was beyond what we anticipated on every level.”

The competition judged the teams in timed heats as they skied numerous runs down a course filled with big jumps, rails and various obstacles.

Nick said Sun Valley Resort did an “amazing” job constructing the course, and that the athletes “couldn’t get enough” of its features. He said the community showed the event and athletes “a ton of love” and that Orage—a Canadian sports-clothing manufacturer—would “love to be back” in Sun Valley next year.

“In return, we put on a show for them that they won’t soon forget,” he said.

Sun Valley Co. spokesman Jack Sibbach estimated that the event drew some 1,000 spectators from both in and out of town. He said the resort was pleased with the event and would be happy to host it again.

Walt Femling, Sun Valley’s acting police chief, said the event resulted in some noise complaints, but no arrests.

Level 1 “Constructions” won the competitor-judged event and a $10,000 prize.

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