Air borne with nothing but snow and an 8,000 foot decent to the valley below, ski and boarding competitors practice jumps, grabs, kicks and spins as they get ready for Pomerelle’s Big Trick Competition, Saturday, February 11, 2012.

Photo © Jason LugoDealing with up to 7 feet of snow fall, grooming crews faced one of its biggest challenges of distribution in January. With the Slope Style Competition postponed and in the wings because of the snow, the Big Trick Competition is on the horizon.

“Pomerelle has some of the latest and most advanced grooming equipment,” Jody Burrows, Pomerelle’s events coordinator states. “We are over qualified.” Using the heavy snow fall to their advantage, Pomerelle has created 20 foot ramps for lift off. Which makes Pomerelle’s slopes some of the finest for competition.

Michael Westfall, last year’s winner in the Big Trick Competition ski competition, observes that while “Pomerelle is small”, compared to larger resorts, “It’s well built and fun and they have a lot of good features.” Westfall, who will be competing in this year’s competition, began skiing at age 4.

Photo © Jason LugoPomerelle expects competitors for the Big Trick Competition from Idaho, Utah and Nevada bringing the level of competition to greater heights.

Colt 45, one of Pomerelle’s more difficult runs and terrain park will be where the action is as boarders and skiers demonstrate their skills on 3 runs and two tables. Scoring is based on amplitude (height), style and difficulty of the trick.

Along with course keepers, judges are picked from Zumez and area sports stores.

Whether boarding or skiing, Big Trick Competition provides a means for the most competitive skier. Barrows sees this competition as a jumping off point for future competitors. She encourages them to “Come try it and see if [this type of competition] is in their future.”

Photo © Jason Lugo

Big Trick Competition information:

Pomerelle Mtn. Resort
961 E Howell Canyon Rd
P.O. Box 158
Albion, ID 83311
(208) 673-5599

For skiers and Boarders 13 years and older.

The competition will be on Colt 45 slope.
Three runs on two table tops.

Scoring based on amplitude (height), style and difficulty of trick.

Registration: 9:00 am – 11:00 am in the lodge.
Competition starts at noon!

$15 Registration Fee + PLUS a…
$10 Bib Fee that will be REFUNDED when the bib is returned

Inverted Aerials are Not Allowed and Helmets are Required.

Release waiver must be signed by parents for participants under 18 years of age.
Release waivers can be found at Pomerelle or  Download a Release of Liability Form.