The third annual Purgatory Ski Bike Festival got under way Saturday
as ski bobbers from around the world convened at Durango Mountain
Resort. Attending pro and amateur riders from the United States,
Canada and Austria brought excitement and energy to the festival and
the burgeoning new sport. Ski bike manufacturers were on hand in the
village and at the base welcoming on-lookers and encouraging participation. The highlight of the day was the aerial competition where riders hucked themselves from a monstrous lip while performing a variety of maneuvers including back flips, which were well received from base area spectators.

Dennis Donovan, of Telluride, holds onto his ski bike during his trip up the hill Saturday.

Jason Smallheer helps coordinate the aerial action. Tyler Brickle readies himself for his Slopecycle adventure.

Gerfried Seeber, of Austria, gets some serious air time prior to the start of the aerial competition.

Big air and spectacular crashes were the theme of Saturday's aerial competition at Durango Mountain Resort.
Chris Martin, of Montreal, gets mentally prepared for one of his final freestyle attempts Saturday.




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