Spring brings a packed calendar of events to Kirkwood Mountain Resort. But this year comes with a new addition-the Twisted Sisters competition, April 2-3.
The Twisted Sisters pairs up a pro invitational and an amateur competition that combines helmet cam video footage with judging. "The cool differentiating thing is that it combines a big mountain and freeride competition wrapped into one," spokesperson Michael Dalzell told us. "Skiers and snowboarders will drop off the Sisters in the area of the chutes with a big freeskiing line and then hit park features in the bottom."
Competitors will shoot footage of their 2,200-foot vertical top-to-bottom descents with Contour HD helmet cams. In-person judges score the pros; then the public can vote on their video footage online. The amateurs will be judges by the pros.
The resort is inviting pros for the Saturday competition, and amateurs fill out the ranks for Sunday's event. "We're expecting about 100 athletes, ranging from park rats to big mountain people," Dalzell said. "We'll see who comes out on top. It should be a really cool event."
Kirkwood is scheduled to operate its lifts through Easter weekend at the end of April. "We don't close down because of lack of snow, but because the season is winding up everywhere," said Dalzell. The resort has a tradition of opening for skiing on the July 4th weekend, if conditions permit.