It took long enough, but skiing finally has itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s legit team competition. Mammoth Mountain, CA, will play host to the 2005 Orage Masters on May 7, 2005. Eight ski manufacturers, led by their team managers have selected four riders each (3 guys + 1 lady) to compete in the quest for ultimate bragging rights and some pretty delicious prizes, including a feature in Freeskier next year.
The Masters will be held on a custom built course full of Mammoth-style rails, hips and possibly even some car-jibbing. Lined along the course will be each teamÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s home base, an 8Ã¢â‚¬â„¢x8Ã¢â‚¬â„¢ scaffolding set which the teams can decorate in whatever manner they choose. There wonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t be any tight comp bibs either as teams are being encouraged to dress in a way that will differentiate them from the others.
All the info for the Masters including Teams, Course sketches and those aforementioned delicious prizes is available here or by hitting the Orage Masters link on the news page.
Of course Newschoolers will be doing itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s best to cover the event in itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s entirety. NSTV will be in full effect streaming the whole competition day as live as we possibly can. And, assuming anyone will speak to us, weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll have interviews with all the pro skiers that everyone loves.