Saturday we decided to go downtown and check out Dew Downtown Flagstaff, a yearly event with lots of vendors, music and kids activities. The highlight of the event being a closed off street piled high with snow, featuring a challenging obstacle course for both snowboarders and skiers, where “daredevils of all ages grind, jump and shred over trash cans, guard rails and other urban obstacles..”. Basically, If you get VIP tickets you can have a front row seat to the jumps, with heat, VIP parking, discounted beer and tickets to the pre-party, but if you are like us, the “show up late and not spending much money” types, then you get less, but you can still enjoy yourself.
When we first showed up, we saw the most people we had seen downtown at one time since we’ve been in the area. It was still nothing like the crowds at the Dew Tour in Breckenridge that we attended last winter. Mind you the events are very different from each other, Dew Tour being a competition between professional snowboarders (like Shawn White) and sponsored by Nike, and Dew Downtown Flagstaff being local competitors of all ages and sponsored by local businesses. It was nice not to have to take a gondola and ski lift miles up a mountain just to get a look at the back of teenager’s head while trying to see some snowboarders do their thing. In flagstaff, we just parked where we always do and walked a couple blocks. We even got to stand at the guard rail and see things! There were several talented participants, skiers and snowboarders – a few back-flips, a few wipe-outs and several others going so slow by the time they reached the bottom where we were, that they didn’t even try last jump. One guy managed to get some speed out of literally nowhere and make the jump (unfortunately I wasn’t as ready as I hoped and the photo is a bit of a blur).
Flagstaff doesn’t have as many winter events as Breckenridge (for the obvious reason that Breckenridge is a town directly below a ski resort in Colorado) so Dew Downtown Flagstaff was a great little weekend event to help celebrate the 75th anniversary of Arizona Snow Bowl, and at the perfect time with the 2 feet of snow we got this weekend. Arizona might not be known as a place to ski, in fact I’ve made people laugh when I tell them about it, but it holds its own in winter weather and the local’s love of snow. Now we just have to get our selves to Snow Bowl – preferably when there aren’t 2000 other people.