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Bumpers battle for bragging rights in annual Bear Mountain Mogul Challenge

Saturday, April 8, 9 a.m.—KILLINGTON—Part of Killington Resort’s Nor’Beaster spring celebration, the highly anticipated Bear Mountain Mogul Challenge competition and on-snow party returns to Killington. The annual competition will heat up again Saturday, April 8, as amateur bumpers take to the slopes of Outer Limits to battle for a place in the finals. The top 32 men and 16 women will compete in a head-to-head competition for the mogul challenge cup.
Registration opened mid-February, and is open to the first 150 registrants to sign up by April 5 at 5 p.m., or until all spots are filled, at killington.com. This competition fills up fast, so organizers recommend pre-registering to guarantee a spot. The entry fee is $50 for all divisions, not including a lift ticket. Discounted lift tickets for competitors will be available for purchase at registration. These tickets will only be offered to racers who have already been assigned a bib.
All competitors must check-in at the third floor of Bear Mountain Lodge between 7-8:30 a.m. Saturday to pick up bibs. A waiting list will start Saturday at 7 a.m. at registration for all non-registered competitors. A drawing will take place for unclaimed bibs. Waiting list competitors must be present to enter their name, as well as present at the 8:30 a.m. drawing.
Rules are standard for Killington events: All participants must fill out an Express Assumption of Risk Form. Those under 18 will need a parent/guardian to sign. Helmets are required, no exceptions. Stay within personal ability level limits. And, this is an amateur competition—no USSA members within five years are allowed to race.
Divisions will consist of Men and Women in five age categories: 13 and under; 14-20; 21-34; 35-49; and 50-plus.
At 9 a.m., competitors will take one run. The top 32 men and 16 women will compete in a dual format at about 1 p.m. Pairs of competitors will run a dual course with sudden death format. Only the winners remain. Awards will be presented to the first, second, third, and fourth place overall male and female winners. Their names will be engraved on the Bear Mountain Mogul Challenge trophy.
The purpose of the Mogul Challenge is to recognize technical superiority and athletic ability. Males and females are scored separately in each of the age groups. Each judge can award a maximum of 5 points in the following categories:
Turns and line (60 percent): Quality and variety of well-executed turns while staying as close as possible to the fall line.
Air (20 percent): Quality of upright aerial maneuvers executed spontaneously in the fall line. Inverts are strictly prohibited.
Speed (20 percent): Speed score will be based on a male and female pacesetter’s time.
Throughout the day, the party on the snow will be lively with bright colors, costumes, games, plus beer and food. Entertainment will begin at 11:30 a.m. with Jamie and the Junk Show. Andy Lugo and the Dirty Boost will take on the evening party crowd at 5 p.m.
For more info, visit killington.com.

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