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Paul Mitchell American Snowboard Tour Dowd Blows Away the Field in the Boarder Cross

Never to old to teach the kids a trick or two, 35-year-old Dave Dowd edged Jason Troth to win the BoarderCross even at the American Snowboard Tour’s first stop the Snowmass Open. “It’s all about getting the holeshot,” said Dowd. “You’ve got to get out front and stay there.”

The BoarderCross nearly got called off when wind gusting at speeds up to 50 miles per hour began stripping the course if banners, the start shack and the announcers stand. Winds created such a mess that The Burlingame lift (the one the took riders to the top of the course) had to be evacuated by ski patrol. Everyone on the lift was lowered to the ground in harnesses. Because the lift went directly over the course, the race could not be started until everyone one off the lift. Finally at close to 2:30 the event began.