We live in a world plagued by threats of global warming. The uncertainties of a make-or-break snow season in Utah are a real concept to wrap one’s head around for those trying to rip the hills we’ve come to love. Instead of praying, however, it turns out that booking SLUG Games: Brighton Banks for their yearly amateur ski and snowboard contest is a surefire way to get the perfect storm, followed by the best bluebird day of the season.
A wise Jim Morrison once said, “If you book them, they will come.” Well, that happened, and all of their friends came, too, for the 18th Annual SLUG Games: Brighton Banks, at Brighton Resort, of course. Early on Saturday morning, March 10, the SLUG team finished packing prize bags full of good things from this year’s sponsors. While the SLUG team waited for the first contestants of the day, Brighton’s Park crew was putting the finishing touches on the course, which nodded to the famed Southport Banks Skatepark. Main features to the park this year included a banked launch rail to down box, a skate-style bench followed by shotgun rail, dancefloor to skate bench and a doghouse to down rail. Siiiick …
The heats to come followed a straightforward jam format, including 17 & Under Men’s and Women’s Ski and Snow, and Open Men’s and Women’s Ski and Snow, with the Open divisions featuring the day’s best riders. After warmups and rider meeting, DJ Serge started spinning beats, while a drone strike from the SLUG video crew got ready to capture the madness about to unleash. This is around when the 17 & Under kids started throwing down. There’s nothing like a 17 & Under division in 2018 to make a person feel old, because these homies showed up with game faces on. For the first heat, however, Henry Hawkins won judges’ hearts with his ability to front flip off of pretty much anything with a lip on it.
The skill of the Men’s and Women’s Open Ski was nothing but expected as well, knowing the levels of talent coming out of Brighton throughout the years. Big hitters for this heat included Sam Horton, throwing monster Misty Flips off the launch rail, clearing the down box entirely. Throwing some oozy style into the mix was Bayard Baker, using the launch bank as a manny pad and transitioning into the shotgun. Also, who could forget John K.’s blind swap, pretzel 270 off of the launch rail to down. What a world we live in, folks. The best was not necessarily saved for last, as freestyle skiing is one of the best sports to watch on Planet Earth.
It was finally time to let the snowboarders take the fire. It’s unbelievable how much finesse and style these guys can squeeze out of their sweaty boots, because damn … Take Jeff Hopkins, for instance, who spent his entire afternoon like it was a tribute to the Chris Bradshaw Technine heydays. This kid spins to win, reverting and tapping everything in sight, while simultaneously putting himself as high in the air as possible. While the launch bank to down box was by far the favored feature of the day by everyone, the rules state that you gotta hit everything at least once. That gave Sam Wittke no other option but to do just that, all in one run. Doing some trippy bench swivel at the top, transitioning into the bank side of the launch rail, Wittke couldn’t stop and reverted onto the dancefloor, up and over the side bench, saving just enough time to hit the down rail of the doghouse. What a gentleman.
Looking back over it all, there was never really a contest. Sure, there’s prizes and a heightened sense of people performing at the top of their game. The takeaway for this one is the instance you take your eyes off the course and start watching the people. Once this happens, you see the same people competing against each other, only they’re all hanging out, laughing and cheering their friends on. That’s what it’s all about!
Women’s 17 & Under Snow: 1st Place Gwynnie Park, 2nd Place Lou Park
Men’s 17 & Under Snow: 1st Place Henry Hawkins, 2nd Place Ashton Davis, 3rd Place Greyson Hawkins
Men’s 17 & Under Ski: 1st Place Carter Wessman, 2nd Place Luke Mallen, 3rd Place Alex Mallen
Women’s Open Snow: 1st Place Sam Hobush, 2nd Place Jess Kelly, 3rd Place Chloe Desdames
Men’s Open Snow: 1st Place Pat Fava, 2nd Place Treyson Allen, 3rd Place Jeff Hopkins
Men’s Open Ski: 1st Place Tucker FitzSimons, 2nd Place Kevin Bane, 3rd Place Bayard Baker
Best Trick Ski: Samuel Horton – Switch lip slide 450 out
Best Trick Snow: Paxton Alexander – 180 switch backside 540
Best Crash: Isaac Harkness 500,000,000,000 feet in the air to flat
A huge thank you to everyone who participated in this year’s event and to all SLUG Games sponsors: Blue Copper Coffee, Brighton Resort, Graywhale, Izm Apparel, Line Skis, Milosport, Pig & A Jelly Jar, Porcupine Pub & Grille, Saga Outerwear, Ski Utah, SLUG Magazine, Stage Ideas and Yelp!
SLUG Games: Fury Road Presented By Monster Energy has ended, and another happy crowd was served with a great day of shredding, sliding and hucking at Brighton. It all went down at the base of Milly, where the theme “Fury Road” was realized. The riders embraced this theme and took to the obstacles without fear, charging rails and jumps with speed and reckless abandon.
Despite snow in the forecast, the day started out as sunny and bright as could be. Although everyone was stoked and hoped that the perfect conditions would last, the snow did come. With it came the wind, blowing flurries in every direction, which made visibility a little tough at times. Undeterred, riders of all ages made the hike time after time to throw out their best.
SLUG Games: Fury Road Presented By Monster Energy was full of excitement, thanks to everyone who made the event possible. DJ Finale kept everyone motivated, spinning tracks from Minor Threat, De La Soul and more, while all the sponsors (of which there were many who make this event possible) did their part to distract everyone from the cold, handing out energy drinks and other gear.
With divisions for Men and Women 17 & Under 17 and an Open division for those over 17, it is a great event for anyone, and there are definitely plenty of opportunities to place and win something. Super young riders weren’t intimidated by the course, even if it meant doing a few cartwheels on the way down on ill-fated attempts at placing. Things really got going with the Men’s and Women’s Open ski and board, where riders pulled out all the stops to impress the judges and crowd. The course was well thought-out, with obstacles ranging from boxes to bars, and kickers that allowed riders to transfer over or on to parallel elements.
In the end, no one was let down by the amount of talent that was there. So many tricks went down to be hyped on that should keep people stoked for another year.
SLUG Games: Fury Road Presented By Monster Energy would like to thank our sponsors: 4FRNT Skis, CTR Headwear, Freeheel Life Industries LLC, High West Clothing, iNi Cooperative, IZM Apparel, Jaybird Sport, Milo Sport, Monster Energy, Niche Snowboards, Pit Viper, Porcupine Pub, Re-Find Goods, Saga Outerwear, Salty Peaks, Skullcandy and Soulpro.
There was no better way to wrap up summer than with the 9th Annual Craft Lake CityDIY Festival. Local artisans, craft foodies, DIY engineers, performers and many others gathered in the Gallivan Center on Aug. 11–13 to celebrate Salt Lake’s ever-growing creative community.
There was something for everyone at this year’s festival, whether it was food or finds. Soundtracked by all of the local performers on the SLUG Mag Stage as well as the 90.9 KRCL Stage, the weekend was filled to the brim with entertainment and fun. Local foodie staples were scattered around the plaza, offering delicious classics like Sprinkle and Dash’s French macaroons and Rob’s Cheesesteaks, as well as remixes on old favorites like the sandwiches fromV Panini and the treats available from Argentina’s Best Empanadas. Local favorites Cafe Ibis and CupBop also made appearances.
From the Hand Drawn Photo Booth to handmade jewelry and all the way to woodcrafting and engineering, this year’s DIY Festival introduced Salt Lake City’s residents to new and interesting products and tutorials. While outside on the plaza there were shops to sift through and perfect-pieces to find, the Google Fiber STEM Building was also full of surprises, demos and workshops for science enthusiasts and curious wanderers alike. The inaugural, one-day-only Kid Row was also a must-see at this year’s festival. Many aspiring artists, aged 14 and under, set up their own booths and displayed their creations from embroidery to paintings, wooing the crowd with their many talents.
Luckily, there are only 312 days left until next year’s festival, which means that if you couldn’t make it to the 9th annual, this gallery can prepare you for the 10th Annual Craft Lake City DIY Festival and give you a taste of all of the excitement that’s to come next year.
You can read about some of the participants in our August Issue.
The 10th Annual Craft Lake City DIY Festival came and went with a bang! For the 10th anniversary, local artisans, foodies, vendors and engineers came together at The Gallivan Center over Aug. 10–12 to make the weekend one to remember.
From Kid Row to the Google Fiber STEM Building, there was something to suit everyone’s interests. There were workshops by West Elm, amazing live performances on the SLUG Mag Stage and the KRCL Stage, as well as tons of delicious food from local vendors like Sharlie’s Treats, Sprinkle and Dash and O-Town Kitchen.
Reminiscing is half the fun! This gallery can tide you over until the 11th Annual Craft Lake City DIY Festival.
You can read about some of this year’s other participants in the August Issue.
Meat missiles were firing on all cylinders Saturday, March 9, at the 19th Annual SLUG Games: Winter Wizardry rail jam at Brighton Resort. There’s no better way to ring in the start of spring ski season than with a competition made possible by all our sponsors: Arbor Snowboards, Izm, Pit Viper Sunglasses, Saga Outerwear, Graywhale Entertainment, Chaos Headwear and Brighton Resort.
Fonnzy was keeping the stoke high as the contestants warmed up on this years course and kept the crowd moving and warm all day. Featuring a flat down box, an S-rail, a waterfall rail to a shed jib, a cannon tube and a bunch of cardboard wizards, the setup made by Brighton’s park crew allowed contestants plenty of variety to show off their best tricks. The day followed traditional rail-jam format of 20-minute heats for the 17-&-Under crowd, then Open Ski and Open Snow, followed by finals for those who qualify in the same order of categories.
The MC and head wizard of the day, Rad Brad, kept the event moving and vibes high all day long while giving the riders the shout-outs they deserved and explaining to the crowd what they’re seeing.
The 17-&-Under category kicked off the jam, and these kids didn’t hold back. There were one-foot board slides down the flat-down box, there was a huge daffy and Luke Mullan threw a 2 off the waterfall rail to gap the whole shed jib that had the crowd going crazy.Garrett Calaway won the award for “Best Crash” of the day, giving the crowd the daily dose of carnage they desired. Watching the next generation of skiers and riders throwing down this hard was inspirational and an ego check at the same time. Between the heats, you could find a lot of the 17-&-Under crowd shot-gunning Red Bull and eating whole bananas over with our friends at Pit Viper, further proving the sendy nature of these kids.
The Open Ski crowd that followed, though it was small, didn’t lack talent.Isabel Parada was representing the girls out there and holding her own, ripping the flat-down box. Tucker Fitzsimons was hot, lapping the park and sending all day.
Finally, the Open Snow category ended the day. The field of contestants were huge, and they all seemed to be feeding off of each other’s stoke. The Best Trick of the day went to Jeff Hopkins for a back slide on the “S” rail, but he certainly wasn’t the only one getting after it out there. The boys were jibbing their hearts out and getting creative on the “S” rail.Flips are always a crowd pleaser and were thrown off the cannon tube. Paxton Alexander was spinning to win out there, and the crowd was loving it. The girls showed up in a big way too. Small but mighty Gwynnie Park was giving the course her all and charging every feature she hit.
A huge shoutout to everyone that competed. The top spots of the day went to:
Men’s 17-&-Under Ski: 1st Place Luke Mallen, 2nd Place Alex Mallen, 3rd Place Jaxon Lewis
Women’s 17-&-Under Snow: 1st Place Scarlett Park, 2nd Place Jaida Davis
Men’s 17-&-Under Snow: 1st Place Isaac Harkness, 2nd Place Greyson Hawkins, 3rd Place Noah Singer
Women’s Open Ski: 1st Place Isabel Parada
Men’s Open Ski: 1st Place Tucker Fitzsimons, 2nd Place Bagesol Baker, and 3rd Place Hayden Gellesen
Women’s Open Snow: 1st Place Gwynnie Park, 2nd Place Lexis Bryner,3rd Place Jess Kelley, Honorable Mention Chizv Maeda
Men’s Open Snow: 1st Place: Bryan Watson, 2nd Place Paxon Alexander, 3rd Place Evan Thomas
Best Trick: Jeff Hopkins, Best Crash: Garrett Calaway
Thanks again to the Brighton park crew, Line Skies, Hovland Snowskates and all of our sponsors. We can’t wait to do it all again next year! Bring on the spring slush.