In October 2010, Denver, Colorado's Mayor John Hickenlooper announced that the City of Denver, Colorado would host Big Air. The location for the event is Denver’s Civic Center Park, and the park is nested between Colorado’s State Capital and Denver’s City and County Building. The days chosen (January 25 and 26 2011) prequalifies the skiers for the Winter X Games 15. Big Air is a skiing event that travels to cities throughout the world, and is hosted by the Federation of International de Ski (FIS).
The halfpipe was built in Denver’s Civic Center Park during business hours and was interesting to watch. The construction of a 106-foot tall, 300 feet long, 80 feet wide, and 165 steps halfpipe, built in the middle of the city of Denver. The halfpipe cost 1 million dollars, weighed 300 tons, and supported by 24 concrete rails that weigh 3,000 pounds each. The concrete rails helped stabilize and balance the halfpipe. The largest halfpipe ever built for the Big Air events, reasoning, the altitude, and Denver stands at 5,280 feet above sea level. The Big Air event just came from Barcelona Spain, and the next stop is Quebec, Canada for the championships.
The two-night event drew roughly 18,000 spectators to Denver, Colorado. Many of the visitors have never seen an event of this magnitude, skiing in the middle of Downtown Denver, what a beautiful sight. The downside, the VIP tickets were $25.00, but it's a good thing Denver parks are free, and many took advantage of the free.
The type of skiing done on the halfpipe is not your typical downhill skiing, no; this type of skiing involves stunts and tricks like the cork 1260 Blunt, or the Milbocker’s Kangaroo flip Japan air. The American favorite Gilman lost the event, but prequalified for the Winter X Games 15. The fourth image is Dutch snowboarder Rocco van Straten; he won the Denver Big Air competition Wednesday night.
The next stop for all the participants are the Winter X Games 15 hosted by Aspen, Colorado January 27 thru January 30, 2011. Swoosh...
Dedicated to lil one who hurt her knees in a bike accident, and will snowboard next winter ...
[(img-1)Architects rendering of the halfpipe design from ESPN.com]