Mogul Challenge Kicks off Eventful Spring at Killington

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KILLINGTON, Vt.

More than 200 skiers will tackle Outer Limits, the steepest mogul slope in eastern North America, covering 1,200 feet of vertical in a half a mile, for this inaugural spring event, while spectators relax in the sun at the bottom of the trail on lawn chairs and sofas with barbecue grills and coolers in tow, ready to officially celebrate the rites of spring skiing. Yes, there à­s even a cook-off in the crowd too, complete with trophies.

"There is not a better way to welcome spring than the Bear Mountain Mogul Challenge," said Josh Arneson, Killingtonà­s event manager. "This is the perfect event to show off your mogul, cooking, and partying talent. The Bear Mountain Mogul Challenge has something for everyone, even the non-skier, because all you have to do is park and pull up a lawn chair to take in all the festivities"

This year the Bear Mountain Mogul Challenge will be even more special than in years past as we celebrate the Silver Anniversary of the event with returning champions, which may also include celebrity judges.

On Saturday the Budweiser Concert Series kicks off with live music at noon and feature Sandhill Band, Bloomer Duo, Silent Groove and Five Wise. Sunday's Budweiser Concert Series lineup features Jeffrey Gaines and Big Fuzz, featuring members of Deep Banana Blackout.

Skiers tackle Outer Limits in seven different age categories for both men and women. Skiers are judged on turns and line (50%), air (25%) and speed (25%). Starting at 10 a.m. on Saturday, competitors each get one run. The top 32 men and 16 women will return to compete in a dual format on Sunday starting at 11 a.m. Entry fees are $50 and registration is open online at www.killington.com.

For Sunday's finals, pairs of competitors run a dual course with sudden death format, with only the winners advancing. Awards are presented to the first, second, third, and fourth place finishes for both men and women. These winners' names are engraved on the Bear Mountain Mogul Challenge trophy, which also includes the name of Olympic Mogul Champion Donna Weinbrecht!

In addition to the mogul competition, the Killington Chamber will be hosting the 1981 Retro-Challenge costume contest. Contestants will compete for a chance to win some great prizes including a Bronze All for One Ski Pass for the 2005-2006 season valid at over six ski resorts, including Killington Resort, and a July Wine Festival Weekend package complete with lodging at the Inn of Six Mountains, breakfast at Ppepper's Bar and Grill, dinner at the Red Clover Inn and two tickets to the Mountain Wine Festival valued at over $450. The 6th Annual BBQ Cook-Off will also take place on Saturday as well.

Bear Mountain Mogul Challenge, Presented by BudweiserSchedule of Events
Saturday, April 2
6:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m. Snow party and BBQ
7:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. Mogul Challenge registration in the Loft
8:00 a.m. Outer Limits open for practice
9:00 a.m. Wait list raffle for Mogul Challenge
10:00 a.m. Mogul Challenge qualifying runs
10:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Live music on the outdoor stage
12:00 p.m. 6th Annual BBQ Cook-Off
2:30 p.m. Awards for Retro Costume and Cook-Off winners on the outdoor stage
4:00 p.m. Mogul Challenge Awards on the outdoor stage


Sunday, April 3
6:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. On snow party and BBQ
8:00 a.m. Outer Limits open for practice
8:00 a.m. Competitor check-in for the finals
11:00 a.m. Mogul Challenge finals on Outer Limits
12:00 p.m. Live music on outdoor stage
1:00 p.m. Mogul Challenge Awards on the outdoor stage


The Bear Mountain Mogul Challenge kicks off a full slate of spring events at killington, including the following:

Spring Fest at Bear Mountain, April 8-10Spring Fest is a new event for Killington, whichh promises to be around for years to come. The weekend will be driven by live outdoor music from the Budweiser Concert Series on Saturday featuring ZOX and Little Feat will perform on Sunday at Bear Mountain. These bands will rock you all day long as you ski, ride or just relax in the sun on the Bear Deck. Festival-goers will enjoy watching the snowboarders compete in the Spring Loaded event held in the SoBe Superpipe and a nighttime rail jam under the lights on Saturday and on the slopestyle course on Sunday.

12th Annual Spring Loaded, April 9-10 Back for the 12th season the Spring Loaded snowboard event continues to draw riders from all over the east coast and the country. This year promises to be no exception and with the new Bear Mountain Terrain Park, more riders than ever are expected to attend. This season's contest will take a more laid back approach in an effort to make it more appealing for contestants and spectators. Look for judging to be based on overall impression with the top three riders announced for amateurs and top five for pros.

9th Annual Sunshine Daydream Festival, April 16As a way to welcome in the spring season, Killington will host the 9th Annual Sunshine Daydream Festival, a tribute to the Grateful Dead and part of the Budweiser Concert Series. Jerry-followers as well as those who simply enjoy soulful music will find an all-day party plus classic New England spring skiing and riding. Not only is this a chance for guests to get those old tie-dyes and Birkenstocks out of the closet but it's also an opportunity to soak up the spring sun and play in the spring snow.

This year's festival will feature outdoor music starting at Noon with Named by Strangers, Green Tea and Liquid Dead. Ben & Jerry's will be handing out free samples of ice cream, plus there will be a mini shakedown, drum circles and tie-dying. Festivities will be held at the K-1 Lodge from 11:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. The event is free, and t-shirts will be available to purchase for tie dying.

The 24th Annual Pond Skimming, April 23At Killington's 24th annual pond skimming contest is a wet and wacky rite of spring passage. Clown wigs, witches costumes, knee-long surf shorts, and Mr. Boggs Sex Wax are just a sampling of what spectators might find at Annual Pond Skimming Contest, slated for Saturday at noon.

Killington's operation crew will build the man-made pond a few days before event. The pond, located at the base of the Superstar trail, is then filled with chilled water. Contestants begin the "skim" by gathering up as much speed as possible then attempt to slide across the pond and to make it to the other side without getting wet. The more speed one picks up, the better the chances of staying dry. Skiers on twin tip skis and riders on snowboarders claim to have the advantage because of the wider surface of their equipment.

Spectators play a crucial role in determining the winners in a variety of categories including best skim, best splash, best costume and the ever popular, judges award where anything goes. All competitors must have a valid season pass or lift ticket for the day.

The 44th Annual Slalom, May 1One last chance for a ski and snowboard race. This event is free with a season pass or lift ticket for the day. Just sign up in the K-1 Lodge prior to the event. Everyone who completes the slalom course on Superstar will receive a free lift ticket for next season. The top racers will receive extra prizes.