San Juan Capistrano, CA, June 1, 2004Ã¢â¬â?Despite consistently poor weather, Powder MagazineÃ¢â¬â¢s Superpark 6 at Mt. Bachelor, Oregon, was yet again host to one of the greatest photo and film shoots of the year. For the sixth consecutive year, 40 professional athletes and a small army of filmmakers and photographers from around the globe converged to create and document the most progressive terrain-park skiing to date.
Innovation was especially crucial for skiers this year, as Superpark 6 became the first stop on the JABRA X Jam Series. The skier with the most impressive overall performance, as voted on by the skiers and media present, received a spot in the 2005 Winter X Games slopestyle event in Aspen, Colorado, January 29 to February 1, 2005. Mt. Bachelor local Tim Durtschi won the X Games invitation. Durtschi, who received a late invite to Superpark, not only mastered nearly every jump and rail in the park, but also stuck a zero-spin over the 120-foot table.
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The objective of Superpark is to cater to athletesÃ¢â¬â¢ desires, so when French superstar Candide Thovex wanted a down-flat rail placed on the backside of the last rhythm table, the park crew took action. In the end, Thovex made history with the first ever 65-foot cork 810 to railslide. Other notable performances of the week came from Charles Gagnier, Tommy Ellingson, Steele Spence, Matt Philippi, Ryan McKeeman, and female newcomer Grete Eliasen.
Mt. BachelorÃ¢â¬â¢s talented grooming staff, alongside a hand crew led by James Jackson of High Cascade Snowboard Camp, designed this yearÃ¢â¬â¢s park. Sage Cattabriga-AlosaÃ¢â¬â?widely regarded as one of the best all-around skiers in the worldÃ¢â¬â?consulted with the builders to help create unique features such as a 120-foot gap tabletop, a 75-foot step-down, a rhythm section with five consecutive 60-foot tables, a 20-foot quarterpipe with channel gap, and a myriad of rail features.
Four-year Superpark veteran Rex Thomas of Whistler, British Columbia, summed up Superpark 6 with a bold statement: Ã¢â¬ÅDespite the bad weather and only a day-and-a-half of good filming conditions, the athletes rallied to make this Superpark the greatest show on skis IÃ¢â¬â¢ve ever seen.Ã¢â¬?
Superpark 6 closed Saturday, May 22, with the JABRA Rail Jam. With Camp Windells Head Coach DJ Pat A. spinning music amidst a blowing snowstorm, 20 athletes competed for a $1,000 winner-take-all purse. Eliasen and Ashley Battersby were the only two women in the field and, halfway through the jam, JABRAÃ¢â¬â¢s Heidi Adams was so impressed with their performance she threw in an extra $500 for the best female. In the end, the women split their prize money and CanadaÃ¢â¬â¢s Iannick B. took home the cash for the men.
Ã¢â¬ÅJABRAÃ¢â¬â¢s X Jam Series was a great tie-in to the Superpark event,Ã¢â¬? said Josh Weis, publisher of Powder magazine. Ã¢â¬ÅWe were thrilled to extend JABRA the chance to support skiing at the ground level as well as give them an opportunity to be more established within the sport itself.Ã¢â¬?
Click-in to Powdermag.com for extensive coverage of Superpark 6, including photo galleries, streaming video, interviews, and daily updates posted during the session. Complete coverage of Superpark 6 will appear in Powder magazine this winter, as well as in movies by Teton Gravity Research, Matchstick Productions, Poor Boyz Productions, Level 1 Productions, Team 13/Rage Films, Volume Video Magazine, PlÃÂ©house Films, and Off-Trail Productions.
Powder magazine would like to extend a huge thanks to the wonderful and hard-working people behind the Superpark 6 sponsors: JABRA, Mt. Bachelor Ski Resort, Inn of the Seventh Mountain, Red Bull Energy Drink, and Salomon North America.