The summer X-Games added a new event this year, “The Snowboard Big Air Competition.” Huh... Summer...In San Diego...That would be extreme...It was.
Towering over the X-Games complex at Mariner’s Point was a 100 foot high structure dedicated to the snowboarding event. The Big Air competition was on the last day of the week long series of alternative sports.
Late Night Snow Shoveling
All week people were talking about the structure in awe. Riders wondered if there was enough transition and if the landing was steep enough. Clueless people driving by on their way to the beach guessed what the hell it was for. Nearly everyone at the games stopped and stared - at least for a while.
Even as the snow started blowing, people questioned, commented as BS’d about the jump and whether they could actually pull it off (both the snow makers and the riders).
The snow was made from a mixture of air, water and -320 degree nitrogen. Estimates of 60,000 gallons of both water and nitrogen were surpassed as
extra trucks were called in the day of the event to finish covering the jump with about a foot of packed snow. In spite of the doubters and 85 degree sunny San Diego weather, they did indeed pull it off. By Saturday morning, the jump was totally covered with snow. There was even a little extra to patch holes left by the riders landings and falls