I was considered a crazy person for going both nights because it so happened to drop in temperatures the week of the Big Air competition. When we bought our tickets the week or two before - it was warm out. It was in the 50s with beautiful weather. Then winter decided to show up. So, out I went to the Polartec Big Air Competition.
Day One || Snowboarding
Let me just start off with saying it was 15 degrees out. Fifteen degrees. I wore fleece leggings, jeans, three pairs of socks, an under armor type shirt, long sleeves shirt, sweater with fleece lining, my winter jacket with fleece legging, two pairs of gloves, a beanie, and a blanket scarf and I was still freezing. At first it wasn't too cold, but the more I sat, the more I became cold.
The competition was really cool to watch. I was excited when I heard Sage Kotsenburg was going to be there, but I found out later that he suffered a concussion prior to competition and couldn't participate. Womp womp.
The cool thing about the competition is they didn't do the women's competition first then the mens. They did the first round where women went first then men and did this for three rounds. One lucky lady won the women's round then one lucky man won the men's round.
We didn't stay the whole entire time because of how cold it was, but what we saw of the competition, it was cool. However, the bottom screens next to the ramp kept on going in and out and there was not a lot of commentary.
Day Two || Skiing
I thought it would be colder out than it was, but surprisingly, it wasn't. It was a bit warmer - not by a much, but it felt a lot warmer than the previous night. The temp: 25 degrees. Ten more degrees than the night before.
The skiing competition was definitely more exciting to me. I was surprised because I thought I would enjoy snowboarding more. Maybe it's because I wasn't freezing my butt off. Maybe it's because the vibe was different. I'm not really sure, but either way I was glad I went!
Skiers are pretty awesome to watch. A majority of them would start the slope backwards, jump, then either land backwards or would change and land facing forward. It was really cool to watch. On the second day, they had more commentary and the screens were working.
I'm always amazed at snowboarders and skiers who can start out at a high point (140 feet above ground) then slide down it, off a ramp to do some tricks and land them. I would be very terrified. One of the main reasons being I am afraid of heights. Terribly afraid. I give props to them for doing what they do.