Sunday Huckfest highest flying event at Heavenly
Something strange and exciting has been happening at Heavenly. Skiers and riders have been reporting high-flying unidentified objects, often seen 50 feet in the air on the California side of the resort. The phenomenon is known as “hucking” and the Sunday Huckfest Series at Heavenly has become the South Shore’s highest flying event of the 1999-00 season. In its third season, the Huckfest has grown from drawing 30 competitors to more than 60 skiers/riders “hucking” themselves 30 and 50 feet in the air.
The big air competition is at Heavenly’s Launchpad. Competitors are allowed two jumps for scoring purposes. Jump scores are based on height, style, and crowd enthusiasm. Competitors are required to wear helmets and must participate in a mandatory training/trial period prior to competing. Open to both snowboarders and skiers, prizes are awarded for best female/best male snowboard jump and best female/best male skier jump.
The events attract huge spectator crowds, as skiers and riders spend their ski day watching the youth of today hurling themselves through the air. Competitors of all ages have competed, from 9 years old and up. The four-event series blasts off on March 12, with the grand finale scheduled for April 16. Interested competitors need not compete in the entire series to qualify for the finals. Entry fees are $5 per event and lift tickets are not required for those who hike the jump.
For details, competitors can call the Race Department, at (775) 586-7000, ext. 96208.
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