The 2017 snow season came to a close last weekend, with a tremendous display of events and performances.
Locals were able to showcase their skills during the Coca Cola Slope Soaker event on Sunday, which put riders at the mercy of gravity as they flew down the Elk Chair hill and attempted to cross a frigid pond of water to the other side.
“It’s a really fun event for the end of the season, everyone gets excited about it,” said event announcer and local legend, Ross Janzen. “Spring has sprung, sun’s out, everyone’s having a really good time.”
Out of 50 competitors, only three made it across the pond. Following the event, awards were not only given for crossing the pond. Other factors came into play as well.
Best crowd reaction followed the performance of #33, Andrew Fitchy, who was the first to make it across the water.
Best overall was #37 Fraser Foulds, who was able to cross the pond dressed as Harry Dunne, and did so while holding on to his top hat which matched his bright blue suit.
“(It feels) Pretty awesome,” said Foulds, “I was not expecting that.”
Foulds competed last year as well, but didn’t make it to the end. This year, he knew he had to change his strategy.
“I pumped the in-run, got down in my aero stance, did my best to get across,” he said.
The best water skim was awarded to #43, Jono Leonard, who crossed the pond with equally impressive style as form, dressed head to toe as Superman.
“Last year I totally ate it, totally embarrassed myself,” said Leonard. “It’s been my goal since then to make it over.”
During the rainy days, Leonard would practice his pond skims on the hill. He believes this paid off and helped him secure the victory in 2017.
Best costume was awarded to #50, Charlie Shute, who crossed the pond dressed as Harry Potter.
The best face plant of the day was awarded to #28, Sandy Folken, who took an unfortunate plunge off the high jump and came face-to-face with the icy depths below.
Best grom (youngest) performer was #34, Kaleb Bamum. Last but not least, the best trick was awarded to #24, Kane Hoogon.