Benji Farrow, Michelle Zeller take top spots at Mountain Dew Throwback Throwdown
A star-studded field of snowboard legends and current pros showed up today for the third annual Mountain Dew Throwback Throwdown at Breckenridge Ski Resort. Current Pros Benji Farrow and Michelle Zeller took the overall top spots in the men’s and women’s divisions, while legends Chad Otterstrom, Ross Powers and Todd Franzen won Raddest Old Dude, Mountain Dew Method Mayham and Best Hand Plant honors, respectively.
Today’s competition awarded over $17,000 in prize money for those willing to take on a two-fold challenge: competing in Freeway’s 22-foot superpipe, then a specially constructed six-foot mini-pipe – an exact replica of the first one built at Breck in 1986. Tricks no more than 540 degrees of rotation were allowed, so each rider could be creative with straight airs, alley oops, huge slow spins and hand plants. The field of riders also included Breck pros JJ Thomas, Zack Black and Jake Black, along with legends Steve Link and Chris Pappas.
This year’s event is part of Breckenridge Ski Resort’s month-long Spring Fever Festival which continues through closing day, April 27. Breck Spring Fever is presented by Bud Light, Mountain Dew and Red Bull. Associate partners include GoPro, Helly Hansen, The DoubleTree by Hilton, Breckenridge and Sprint.
The full list of winners are as follows:
- Benji Farrow
- Brock Waring
- Rick Rodriguez
- Michelle Zeller
- Kim Stacey
- Ginger Ebbinghaus
Raddest Old Dudes
- Chad Otterstrom
- Ross Powers
- Todd Franzen
Best Hand Plant
- Todd Franzen (men)
- Kim Stacey (women)
Mountain Dew Method Meyam
- Ross Powers
During the 1984-85 season, Breck became Colorado’s first major resort to allow snowboarding, and in 1986, Breck hosted the first-ever Swatch World Snowboarding Championships. The Mountain Dew Throwback Throwdown pays homage to this history and is now an integral piece in Breck’s progression of the sport and the kick-off to next year’s 30th anniversary of snowboarding at Breck. See more from the 1986 Worlds here.
Other Breck Spring Fever 2014 signature events will include:
- Extended Gondola operating hours
- The Fourth Annual Ripperoo’s Mascot Olympics
- The KSMT Breck Spring Fever Beer Festival
- The 18th Annual Imperial Challenge bike & ski race
- Easter egg hunts both on the mountain and in-town
- A sunrise Easter service at TenMile Station
- Extended week of skiing through April, 27, 2014.
- USSA Alpine Master’s Super G and Giant Slalom Races
Spring Fever Band Line Up
The Bud Light Free Concert Series brings the party to Breck with four concert days of big-name national acts on Friday, Saturday and Sunday afternoons on the mountain. This year’s lineup includes Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, The Gin Blossoms, Yonder Mountain String Band and Blues Traveler.
All concerts will be FREE to the public and will take place on a specially-constructed stage on the snow just outside One Ski Hill Place, a RockResort, at the base of Peak 8, starting at 2 p.m. each concert date.
For full details on these and all the month’s events, visit BreckSpringFever.com.
Book Your Stay and Live like a Local
Come and stay for the festivities for as low as $149 on the weekends and live like a Breck local for a few days. Book a room with our Spring Fever Event Special and not only will you get a great rate on lodging, you’ll get a locals card giving you insider access to things like a free Peak 6 pint glass at the T-bar, drink discounts at the T-bar, Ski Hill Grill and Sevens, $10 off a tune package at Breck Sports, and more.
Breck Spring Fever is presented by Bud Light, Mountain Dew and Red Bull. Associate partners include GoPro, Helly Hansen, The DoubleTree by Hilton, Breckenridge and Sprint.
Breckenridge Ski Resort is open until Sunday, April 27 this year, so save your sick days and come play during Spring Fever! For more information about this month-long series of events, or to or to book your stay in Breck today, call 800-536-1890 or visit BreckSpringFever.com.