Then, it was time to listen to Denver’s mayor, John Hickenlooper, address the crowd of around 75 people from the steps of the City and County building. He talked about how skiing has changed since he was a teen, and how wonderful it is that the sport is growing in all sorts of directions. He also said Denver Parks and Recreation is opening up a mini-park at the Ruby Hill Park that will consist of six rails.
After Hickenlooper was done, a few other big shots spoke about Ruby Hill and this event.“We think we’re going to create something really great in a multi-cultural diverse neighborhood,” said Winter Park General Manager Gary DeFrange. “Our goal here is to introduce kids here to skiing and snowboarding and teach them what you can do, and then bring them up to Winter Park.” Then, it was back to slaying the rail. Reporters and spectators surrounded the area, many seemingly bewildered by the shenanigans. Since most onlookers had no idea what the difference in difficulty was between tricks, most the skiers stuck to straight slides and 270s off to make sure they stuck the landings. There was the occasional nose press and switch-up as well.In the end, the demo showed Denver what’s up with skiing, and allowed Parks and Recreation to usher in their Ruby Hill idea.As for the future of hitting rails on government property, maybe someday. “Well I wish we could always do this,” said Seaton. “I wish this was always legal.” Denver's mayor, John Hickenlooper.Robby Haupt with a nifty nose press.That's a lot of cameras pointed at Erin Young.Winter Park’s Gary DeFrange makes sure the crowd notices how out of date the Mayor’s skis are.Winter Park rider Ben Anderson practices the tried-and-true method of maintaining rail balance: sticking out your tongue.