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Hundred Days



The Mountain Pulse Jackson Hole

Throughout the day, skiers and riders bottlenecked along Lupine Way, awaiting their chance to scout out this year’s Dick’s Ditch. The two day banked slalom classic sends competitors careening down a gully of jumps, hips, and wiggles, testing their season-honed skills before a bell-clanging crowd. Now the day before the event, there was a good chance of polling the competitors as they rode up the gondie or Thunder. Most vocal during these off-the-cuff interviews were the first timers. They expressed wearied concern over the event’s full gambit, but in general, concern over competition. And I can’t say I blame them. Racers notwithstanding, Jackson Hole affords skiers and riders a laxity when it comes to competition. Sure we want to charge hard and one-up our buddies, but at the end of the day it’s all in good fun. Cliché yet true, our only competition is with ourselves. With that said, this writer will be wimping out on the sidelines tomorrow, beer and bell in hand.

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