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Riders to hit big air for Snow Globe

Axie Navas / Tahoe Daily Tribune A Snow Globe worker helps construct the big air setup Thursday. Local skiers and riders will be launching from the 30-foot scaffolding throughout the three-day music festival.

If there’s going to be a music festival in South Tahoe, expect to see some world-class skiing and snowboarding to match.

Snow Globe has upped the ante this year with a big air exhibition that will be staged front and center. Skiers and boarders will be dropping down a 30-foot scaffolding to hit a 25-30 foot booter over the Snow Globe spectators. The setup will showcase 16 local, professional skiers and snowboarders throughout the three-day music festival.

“It’s going to be an amazing sight,” festival founder Chad Donnelly said. “To hear some of your favorite musicians performing and then at the same time to see this level of athletes throwing tricks off this massive jump will be incredible.”

There’s no specific timeline for when the big air pros will fly. In true “Tahoe time” fashion, the exhibition will depend on when the artists perform, weather conditions and how the skiers and snowboarders are feeling.

The only thing that’s guaranteed is that when these locals do start to throwdown, it will be hard to miss.

“When the band ends, you can literally just turn half a foot and see these guys flying through the air,” said Rob Giustina, mastermind behind the exhibition.

A 30-foot scaffolding that launches riders above the fans to a stage-area landing also helps draw attention to the show. Better visibility is just one of the reason organizers decided to change up last year’s rail jam format.

So this year, in addition to some sweet beats, expect to see a three-day exhibition of Tahoe’s best, flying high against the night lights. –

“It will be less competition and more exhibition,” Donnelly said. “These riders will be throwing everything they have throughout the weekend.”