Boreal Expression Sessions
Friday Night Lights
On the night of Friday, January 11th, the first event of the annual Expression Sessions Series went down under the lights of Boreal Mountain. The Expression Sessions are a homegrown event series as well as a refreshing change from your everyday rail jams. This year’s theme – Terrain Park Expressions – looks to unleash the creativity of Boreal’s killer terrain park staff to come up with some crazy feature/setup that you’ve probably never seen before. This event included a down donkey rail (for the lil’ tykes) and a propane tank bonk to down bar which were located uphill from an elevated up-down double barrel rail that had never touched snow.
NOAA forecasted a 20% chance of snow showers throughout the day, which was technically correct, but that sure went out the window as soon as the sun began to set. Despite the on-and-off torrent of snow, the 9-degree temperature and a very inconvenient chain control stop on Interstate 80, more than 65 competitors turned up to battle it out across 8 divisions (Grom, Teen, Men and Women for both Ski and Snowboard). While a decent sized crowd of 20-30 spectators braved the conditions and made the 100-yard trek up the hill to the venue, another 10-20 people took in the action from the warmth of the Boreal Lodge.
Meanwhile, as soon as the competition was underway the action was anything but cold. The snowboarders were up first came out hot. Lou Macias led the pack with a hardway backside 270 gap to the down of the up-down on his way to a first place finish in Men’s Snowboard and a shiny new board from Arbor for his efforts. Other highlights included Ryland West’s high speed 50-50 to gap over the down with a stylish method and Alex Hereford’s onslaught of cab 270’s and big airs gapping to the down.
The skiers had to wait their turn until the second heat but it was well worth it. I don’t know what they put in the water up there on Donner Summit, but the skiers WENT OFF. I saw front flips, back flips, 450’s on, 450’s off; you name it, it probably happened. Pete Arneson led the charge with complete disregard for body and mind. In addition to a dizzying array of spins on and off the up-down rail, he was one of the only skiers to conquer the propane tank bonk to down bar when he threw a rodeo 450 on and a 270 off. It almost goes without saying that Mr. Arneson took first in Men’s Ski, bringing his impressive win streak to four out of the last five Expression Sessions (his only blemish came when he was on the East coast and unable to attend). Other highlights included Jaime Melton’s laid out back flip over the up gap and onto the down rail and Charlie Ingalls impressive arsenal of tricks spins and flips.
With what has become a tradition, the night wound down with a free pizza feed and award ceremony in the Boreal Lodge followed by a swag toss with everything from hoodies and beanies to wax and DVDs.
The second Expression Session is on the calendar for February 8th at Boreal Mountain and will once again be fueled by a full roster of sponsors, including Woodward Tahoe, Sessions, Moment, Nordica, Black Strap, Arnette, Nixon, Burger Me and Blue Coyote Bar & Grill.
Registration is from 5-6pm; action kicks off at 6:30pm!
Sorry everybody, snowing too hard to bust out the video cameras. Next time.