Posted // 2009-01-09 - January
has hit, which means one thing for those up at Brighton. The Slug
Games are back!
Continuing the magazine's awesome snowboard
competitions, The Candy Land Jam will take place this Saturday at the
resort, featuring a nicely built course from local rail-building
company Kick A$$ Builders for several divisions. Including to my
understanding, a women's division needs more competitors this year!
I got a chance to chat with SLUG's Mike Brown again, who you
should remember from The Ghettolympics this past summer, about the
Jam and other events happening this winter, as well as few other
topics that came up.
Hey Mike, how have you been since we last chatted?
I’ve been good. No major defeats, no major victories, right
Gavin: For those who don't know, what are The
Mike: The SLUG Games are a winter contest
series for Amateur Snowboarders and Skiers. We do at least 2
contests a year.
Gavin: What drew you guys to hold
these events at Brighton?
Mike: There are lots of
reasons that we’ve done the comps at Brighton. Mostly being
that the mountain is amazing and it has a reputation for being the
local resort. So that makes it ideal for local competition. And
their park crew is amazing. We work hand in hand with Jared
Winkler (Brighton Park Crew Director) to get the obstacles and course
features we want. They work their little tails off and always
help us out with keeping the comps creative and fun.
Did you take over these games over the same time as Summer Of Death?
And why did you choose to handle both sets of events?
Mike:SLUG offered me the opportunity to plan The Summer of Death
(our annual skateboard contest series) and I guess they liked the job
I did. And that kind of led into me doing The SLUG Games. I
work with a lot of the same people for both events so it kind of made
Gavin: Is it more or less difficult to plan
the winter version, and what challenges do you have to work with
compared to the summer?
Mike: The winter contests are
definably bring a bigger crowd than the Skate series. The
planning is a little more extensive and some of the sponsors are
bigger, company wise. The biggest difference though is dealing
with winter elements in regards to the course. Like last year
we built one gigantic jump for the whole contest, so we had to set a
date later in the season when we knew there would be enough snow. As
far as dealing with winter weather, you never know what your gonna
get, so piecing the actual course around that is a lot harder than
when you do a skate contest in a skate park. The skate park is
Gavin: Tell us about the Candy Land
Jam and how people can get to it.
Mike: We like to
keep our comps fun and original. The Candy Land Jam is themed
after that awesome board game we all played growing up! So we
built an awesome gingerbread house for kids to hit, some candy cane
jibs, gigantic gum drops, and some other surprises! This year
we started an on line registration, so you can register at
get more info there! We will also have registration the day of
the contest at Brighton, but it would be nice to sell the thing out
Gavin: What can you tell us about the course
being built for this?
Mike: The course will
be awesome! There’s actually a run at Brighton called
Candy Land where we will be holding the comp! We do most of our
comps in a jam format instead of timed runs, so the obstacles will be
kind of close together, but everyone who enters will be able to hike
and loop the course very easily.
Gavin: What are the
events you have set up for people to compete in, and what kind of
prizes are they looking to win?
Mike: For snowboarding
we usually do a Men's open division and a Women's open division that
everyone can enter, a 17 and under division for both men and women.
We do the same for the skiers, but sometimes no girl skiers
show up! So Girl Skiers, please show up! We will have
prizes for you!
Gavin: A little local-wise, how do you
feel about certain resorts – Alta comes to mind – putting bans on
snowboarding and other extreme sports?
Mike: The ban
is silly. But really, Deer Valley and Alta are the only two
resorts left in the country that have the ban. So if they want
to lose money by not having snowboarding at their mountain, so be it.
There’s enough awesome terrain in Utah anyway.
Gavin: Is there anything you wish you could change
about resorts and their policies?
Mike: Most resorts
seem to have pretty fair policies, but I would lower ticket prices
and food prices, at least for the locals! The Canyons Resort
actually does that with their tickets, and I think that’s smart.
Our snow is so amazing out here and there are so many people
who live in Utah who never go skiing or snowboarding at all.
How do you feel our slopes and resorts compare to ones across Denver
Mike: Our resorts are very unique as
far as the snow conditions are concerned. Salt Lake is
ultimately a desert climate, and not humid at all. So combine
that with the lake effect and that’s why our snow is usually so
light and fluffy! Back east is super cold, Colorado has and
California have some awesome resorts, but Utah really is different
Gavin: Do you see anything on the horizon
changing for snowboarding, or do you think things will remain the
same for a few more years?
Mike: I predict that
snowboarding will become more rebellious and unpopular in the next
couple years. It just has to.
Gavin: Tell us
about the other upcoming events you have the rest of the
Mike: February 21st we are doing
our second contest of the season at the Canyons. We are working
with Celtek (a local snowboarding company) to do a Beat The Pro
event! It should be way fun!
Gavin: Is there
any other stuff you'd like to plug and promote?