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The Most Epic Closing Weekends

 

photo by: Mark Oliver. Sun Valley, ID.

AMIE ENGERBRETSON- Squaw Valley, CA
Squaw Valley never really wants to close, so they drag it out, celebrating “closing day” pretty much all of April. There is the Cushing Crossing, an ultimate natural pond skim, which is a sure sign that winter is nearly over. Spectators usually pack a thirty-rack, sit on the shores, and take in the crazy costumes and big wipeouts. I have seen all types on crossing attempts: ski bike, snow blades, switch, a camel, 3 dudes-3skis, saucers, pretty much you name it I have seen it go across the Cushing pond. Best moment, watching Mr. Shane McConkey, swiftly cross and backflip out…

There is also the pass holders party up at high camp, which is a mountain top pool party where people are white, wasted and happy. It usually takes a few beverages before you are brave enough to navigate the crowed waters of the ski-town, dude infested hot tub. Eventually, everyone ends up in!

Last favorite closing celebration is the Chamois Closing Party. The Chammy is a winter mecca and second to Wildflour cookies, the best part about skiing squaw, other than the actual skiing part. The Chammy closing party crowd usually takes over the entire lawn, dogs and babies run wild, there is live music and everyone has a pitcher of Bud. It a fun sunny afternoon that just makes you more excited for winter to come again next year!

COLLIN COLLINS- Sun Valley, ID
Closing day at any resort is a ritual not to be missed. Ski and snowboard enthusiasts gather in celebration of another great season coming to an end, and of course to soak in one last hurrah on the slopes. Sun Valley, Idaho is no exception. The locals come out in force and you’ll find your typical “party on the mountain,” crazy costumes adorned and copious amounts of beverages consumed. But be ready to shred fast if you want to keep up.  It will be a day of slushy 3,000 ft. vertical laps and debauchery on and off the mountain.  Sun Valley will still have a ton of terrain open, thanks to their excessive snowmaking throughout the winter, and 4/20 is a late closing date for Sun Valley, so the weather should be exceptionally nice and warm.

Once the lifts stop spinning, a massive crowd assembles atop Bald Mt., where you can take in the glorious 360 degree view and soak in the vibes and the last rays of the day, but most importantly just party with hundreds of friends and drink beers. This summit gathering is also the place to rally the stoke in preparation for the final descent of the season.  Eventually, by 4:30 or so, a parade of costume-clad characters then mob down the mountain, like a drunken Chinese downhill; although most take a much slower approach, milking the last turns for all they’re worth, perhaps even in the form of a mile long human slalom.

The real party starts (or has already started) down in the Greyhawk parking lot at the base of Warm Springs.  Grills, tents, fires, kegs, and of course a wild local crowd will be holding it down, and this party is known to rage on well into the night.  Stuff your face with some good old fashion BBQ off a tailgate, and revel in stories with the snow-loving community. From there you can migrate back and forth to Apple’s, the killer aprés spot at the base of Warm Springs.  Apple’s will feature some live music, tasty food and flowing drinks, and you can find a strong local presence there, grooving to the music and recollecting the epic moments of the season.  If you’re in the area or have a chance to come visit, I wouldn’t miss this closing day celebration at Sun Valley.   SUNDAY APRIL 20, 2014.

BRITA SIGOURNEY- Park City, UT
Park city closing day is dangerously fun, emphasis on the dangerous. Everyone shows up ready to party (as they should) and shreds the park all day with pbr’s in hand and 200 of their favorite park rat friends. Things definitely get sloppy in the slush, especially skiing technique. Trains are popular but I’m not sure there’s any other option with so many people in one park. This year I heard there will be a holy bowly…. I don’t know what to expect but I’m sure it will be epic!

TYLER CECCANTI- Crystal Mountain, WA
Closing weekend, words that are bittersweet in the PNW.  Every year when April rolls around I have a love hate with the month at my home mountain.  On one hand I’m bummed the ski season is coming to a close, but on the other I always look forward to the shenanigans of closing weekend.  The tradition at Crystal has always been Dummy down hill and bikini downhill, rain or shine, cloudy or bluebird. Nothing beats hanging out with a beer in hand watching girls in bikinis battling it out for a pass… magic.  But it’s not always about the events on closing weekend.  One thing I have noticed is you never know what to expect from Mother Nature.  There has been multiple times my last runs of the year were blower pow and left me wondering why the mountain was closing.  Or some years where its been T-shirt weather and patio lounging with PBR’s.  The one thing that has always been constant is the locals.  Locals at Crystal are always up and out having their own little party on the hill for the last day.  Doesn’t matter if you know them or are best friends, they are welcoming people to join in on the party and celebrate the end of the year.

 

 

MissFits Moment: Brita Sigourney

Name: Brita Sigourney

http://skeeze.k2skis.com/athletes/brita-sigourney
Age: 23
Home Mtn: Tahoe/Sun Valley, ID
Current Residence: Park City, UT
K2 Skis of Choice: MissConduct, MissDemeanor
Sponsors: K2, Full Tilt, Roxy, Oakley, Monster, Giro, Coal

Can you explain how you got your name?
My parents got the name from Carl Larsson, a Swedish painter, who named his 4th child Brita. My mom was pregnant with her second kid when they visited his house and fell in love with his home-life paintings and family portraits. Coincidentally, my parents had 2 more boys before they could name me Brita, their 4th child.

How is the knee? What are you doing to strengthen it?
My knee is coming along really well! The first two months were a bit rough and I was doubting if it would ever feel good again but all it needed was more time before the daily pain went away. I’ve been doing more squats and lunges than you could count plus lots of balance and strength exercises. My butt is also looking pretty good these days in case you were wondering.

What are you up to this summer?
Hanging in Utah for the most part. I’m spending a lot of time in the gym just getting ready for this Fall when I can get back on snow. I can already see that my legs are getting stronger, which is my number one goal. Summers here are so fun because when I’m not in the gym all I do is play with the best friends ever. We are always going on hikes, boating in the lakes, playing in the park… it’s all just fun and games for us. I also did an internship during the month of July at the Utah Office of Tourism, working in graphic design. Thats what I went to school for before I decided to move to Utah and focus on skiing.

Do you have any hidden talents?
I’m pretty good at tubing (behind a boat). If there were competitions I think I could win. The water is like my comfort zone so I really enjoy any activities involving breath holding, cliff jumping, swimming, or wave riding.

Have any fun trips planned?
I’m going to NYC in August for some Olympic-hype meetings and then I’m hoping to make a road trip out to Tahoe in August as well. September should be pretty mellow but that will also be my 6 month knee surgery anniversary which means I can finally start running and jumping again. Then in October, I’m going to New Zealand to get back on snow! I seriously can’t wait!

So…Olympics?!!!? How are you feeling about everything?
Obviously I’m incredibly excited at the thought of being in Sochi next February but I’m also a little nervous thinking about what it will take to get there. Right now I am doing everything I can to be ready for the whole process, working especially on my physical and mental strength. Since I can’t ski right now, visualization has been a huge tool for me. I’m trying to focus only on the things I can control because I know everything else will fall into place when the time comes. The Olympics are less than 200 days away so it’s really time to get on my game! I just can’t wait for everything to unfold!

Is it pretty surreal to be involved in the biggest sporting event in the world?
I feel like the Olympics are a dream for every athletic kid growing up, so for it to be so close to my reach is definitely pretty surreal. I just feel so lucky and grateful to have made it this far because where I am now used to only be something I dreamt of. I can only imagine how I would feel standing at the top of the half pipe, ready to drop in at the Olympics.

What most excites you about Sochi 2014?
I think representing America at the Olympics would be a huge moment that I would never forget. To have your whole country rooting for you has got to feel pretty good and I really hope I get to have that feeling.

Tell us a little bit about last season…
Last season was like a roller coaster. It went from the highest of highs like winning Dew Tour after ACL reconstruction, to the lowest of lows when I broke my collarbone and tore some ligaments at the Olympic test event in Sochi; ending my third season in a row in February. Then it got even lower when Dr. Cooper advised I get a microfracture knee surgery the day after my shoulder reconstruction. But if there is anything I’ve learned from the whole process its how much I love skiing because after 6 ski related surgeries in my lifetime I still think the pain and physical rehab is all worth it that moment you get back on snow.

Have you ever been a part of a topless photo shoot? Answer truthfully…
Haha… Shoot. It’s true the top was off but I still tried to keep it PG rated. You never know who’s going to be checking out the k2 catalog and I wasn’t quite ready to take my relationship with Sasquatch to the next level.

What are your goals for this winter?
I definitely have a few tricks I want to work on before the season starts, like more right spins and switch hits. I know the tricks will come but my main goal is to stay healthy and perform well and have fun doing it!

Favorite song right now?
Probably “Royals” by Lorde.

What is your biggest pet peeve?
Probably my cat waking me up at 5 am. Literally a pet peeve. She’s always knocking over water glasses, biting my toes, trying to open my closet doors, and rubbing against the blinds. I mean really… It’s 5 am… Just cool it for 3 hours.

Any words to aspiring skier chicks?
Don’t be afraid to ski with the boys! It’s okay to scare yourself and falling is a part of the learning experience. If you really want to get to the top, there’s no reason that you can’t. So much of the sport is mental and if you keep your head on your shoulders and your goals in view, everything else will come.

Any last shout outs?
Definitely need to give a shout out to K2 for making the best skis and supporting me through it all. I wouldn’t rather ride anything else and I wouldn’t trade my team for any other! Also, if you’re reading this and you’re healthy, get out and do something! Don’t take your legs for granted. You are going to need those muscles when the snow comes!