“We want to continue building the family atmosphere we’ve built at Sleeping Giant,” event coordinator David Koch said of the two special family days.
This Saturday’s competition will be comprised of two open jam sessions. The morning jam session will start at 10 a.m. at the upper park and the afternoon jam session will take place in the lower freestyle park.
Each session will give skiers and riders one hour to perform as many tricks as they can in as many runs as they can complete. Competitors that perform the most impressive tricks will be named winners by a panel of judges.
There will be first, second and third places from three age categories: “little giants” - ages 4-12, “groms” ages 13-17 and “masters” ages 18 and up.
Winners will be awarded special trophies designed and built by Sleeping Giant snow-maker and instructor Casey Hill. Last year’s trophies included a piece of railroad track attached to a base.
“This year he has done something just as creative and unique,” Koch said.
Sunlight Sports of Cody donated a pair of 4FRNT freestyle skis and a Burton freestyle snowboard to be given away as prizes.
“Sunlight Sports has been huge in helping us out this year,” Koch said.
Koch said that while the older competitors may boast the best tricks, the younger riders will showcase impressive potential.
“We will get a glimpse of what we’re building for the future,” he said.
Skiers and riders of all ages are invited to register to compete. Those interested can register for $5 before the event by going to skisg.com or calling 307-587-3125. Same-day registration costs $10.
Snowfest is a day of fun meant for the whole family. The free event will run all day and will offer games, races and live music.
Those not afraid to get a little — or a lot — wet can participate in the pond skim. Skiers and riders gain speed down the mountain and then try to glide across a pond.
“At which time you will become a surfer or a very cold and wet skier or snowboarder,” Koch said.
For those feeling more like a cowboy than a surfer there’s the rope-a-steer game, which sends a skier down the hill after a ski-mounted roping steer.
Koch is challenging teams to sign up for the slush cup races and challenge the team from the Shoshone Lodge, which has won the event three straight years.
Teams consist of three-to-five members and registration costs $50 per team.
Snowfest will also offer face painting, limbo and photo opportunities.
Koch said Sleeping Giant offers a safe and appropriate fun for people of all ages.
Koch said the events would not be possible without the help of Sunlight Sports, the UPS store and volunteers of the Sleeping Giant board.