The Hubbub this past weekend in the skate community was centered in Ludlow VT, where nestled in the depths of Vermont’s dark woods and cozy towns with covered bridges lies Okemo Mountain, known by many for its skiing, and by few, until recently, for a road whose level of gnar few dare to attempt. The 3 mile long, 3344’ tall run, with chicanes, hairpins, and a 50+ MPH straight away sounds intimidating enough as it is, but this king of east coast runs’ is gnarly, as many east coast roads are, because of its pavement.
Cracks, pavement changes, and snowcat tracks litter the road from top to bottom. While skating straight you may at any point find your board drifting sideways from vibrations. While corning your puck is always at risk of getting swallowed by a crack or pothole. Speed bumps and tree root humps are a fun intermittent feature.
One does not simply skate Okemo. But on September 14th and 15th a few brave souls did as they raced for the 2013 Silverheels Cup.
2013 Silverheels Cup
While some skaters opted for what they thought would be the safer option, luging that is, people from every group took spills and slams. Thankfully no one was seriously injured, although there were scary moments, one can’t help thinking back to the legendary “Vermont Massacre” race that occurred at Ascutney. Despite the injuries and some trips to the hospital, the overall tone of the weekend was great, and everyone who stepped on a board or sat on a luge or drift trike had a great time. Event organizer Marc Dean once again pulled off a fantastic weekend of riding.
Marc, who works tirelessly throughout the year with the mountains event coordinators, sponsors, and skaters was happy with the way the event turned out, wished all those injured a speedy recovery. “This was the most mentally challenging hills that I have ever ridden. Everyone who rode is due props for showing how good the east coast riders truly are. A big thank you to Original Skateboards – Lindsay and Sean [Kolvenbach] for all of their help in making this happen,” Marc said.
Sean Kolvenbach, the team manager over at Original Skateboards, said the team “had an awesome weekend, filled with beers, good friends, and fast hills. Unfortunately that hill had a few to many casualties. Driving up that run first thing Saturday morning all I kept thinking was, they want people to mob this hill, while smiling in disbelief. It’s the jankiest run on the east coast for sure. [Laughs] I feel like everyone who skated there this weekend up’d their game a few points for sure. Stoked to get 2 of my riders on Am Podium though, they survived the hill and stood strong!”
Despite the condition of the road, by the time pro racing reached its final heats skaters were attempting single slide runs while battling it out for a spot on the podium.
Team Mids filmed a follow run the day before racing so those who didn’t attend could see how the road is really meant to be skated. Check it out:
Standings from Sundays racing:
- Niko Desmarais
- Tom Wilson
- Mac Holmes
- Chris Hicks
- Dave Aparicio
- Bob2 and Bob3
- Will Schroder
- Andrew Licata
- Jared Beers
- Izzy Moreno
- Cassandra Duchesne
- Emily Pross
Butt Pirate King:
- Dave Aparicio