Clever Costumes At Downhill Dummy

By: Daniel Chanin Email
By: Daniel Chanin Email

It was Halloween meets the Olympics at Mount Rose on Saturday, as dozens of people participated in the 12th Annual Downhill Dummy contest.

There were no shortage of crashes at Mount Rose as about 20 contestants dressed up dummies; loaded them up with pyrotechnics and launched them high into the thin air.

Renzo Saunders and a couple of his lift maintenance buddies took home third place for their flashy homage to Jack Daniel's whisky.

"The weight and velocity of it coming down the hill is definitely a significant factor on how far it goes into the snow," says Saunders. "And we like to add stuff like the pyrotechnics and they catch fire...to get the crowd all riled up."

It cost the group $300 and took them about a week to build their masterpiece. Now, it's a broken pile of mush, but Saunders says it was well worth it.

"It's just worth it see it go off the jump and catch on fire. So bragging rights all the way."

Of course, when you're putting giant objects on skis and sending them down a steep hill, not everything is always going to go according to plan. And even though, there were a few mishaps here and there, the competition was as stiff as its ever been.

"There's definitely some good contenders in this one," says Mount Rose Marketing Director Mike Pierce. "Any time they're funny and fly far...it's always a lot of fun."

By the end of the event, dozens of broken dummies; jackets; and a few toxic chemicals covered the base of the jump. But employees say that's all part of the tradition.

"David Letterman drops stuff off buildings," says Pierce. "We throw things down the mountain. People like destruction. It's good. It's spring. It's goofy."


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