The annual Bump N’ Jump fundraiser for the Avalanche K-9 program took place at Crested Butte Mountain Resort last Saturday, and I was fortunate enough to catch the junior heats before I went to work. Man, those kids sure could rip!
Decked out in costumes and flashy colors to celebrate the mountain’s closing weekend, the skiers carved apart the moguls and boosted through the air (extra points awarded for getting airborne) as they made their way down the course underneath the Twister chairlift. I found a safe spot off to the side where I could shoot from, and was dumbfounded with the skills that I saw on display. One young racer brought his tele skis up against an alpine skier, only to leave him breathless and humbled, half the distance to the starting gate. I didn’t even know kids that young tele skied!
Another girl looked way too cute in her bright pink outfit and tassels strewn from her helmet, but turned out even more adorable when she “pizza’d” all the way down the course, slowly turning between bumps and avoiding the jumps. Some of those young guns weren’t much taller than the moguls themselves, but almost seemed to be in their natural element as they blew through the course with ease.