It's hard to get your first bib in an honest-to-goodness freestyle competition, but the Salt Lake-based SLUG Games is trying to do just that.
The Wasatch Mountain region snowboard and ski event is in its 11th season that began with a January stop at Park City Mountain's Olympic venue, and continues with a March 5 get-together at Brighton Ski Resort's renowned terrain park and halfpipe.
Brighton's "Construction to Destruction" event pits the tricks of snowboarders and skiers against one another in open and under-18 categories. Anyone can enter. Pre-registration is required, as is paying for a discounted lift ticket, but there is no entrance free. A limit on contestants will be in place.
Prizes from sponsors will be given out to the top three finishers in the two divisions, for both men and women. Skiers and ‘boarders can take up to five runs in a freestyle jam format, if they win all their heats on the way to the finals. Results and awards will be given out after the event.
These off-beat ski and snowboarding meets have been run by SLUG Magazine, a monthly publication in Salt Lake City that cover's the underground culture, music, art and action sports scenes. The magazine has sponsored SLUG Games competitions at Brighton, Park City Mountain and Canyons as a way for local on-the-snow tricksters to get some exposure by matching up in tough competition.