Steamboat Springs Robbie Dapper said he spent a decade traveling for slopestyle and halfpipe snowboarding events before shelving his professional riding ambitions this year.
“As a competitive individual, I put more pressure on myself,” Dapper said. “You kind of lose the fun out of it. I don’t miss it at all.”
He didn’t hang up his snowboard entirely, however, and he capped a perfect season on the Steamboat Park Challenge, a Town Challenge-style ski and snowboard terrain park event that wrapped up Sunday.
Dapper won the men’s open snowboard division Sunday, claiming his fourth victory in the four-event season, giving him bragging rights in Steamboat Springs’ park scene.
“There isn’t a lot of pressure at something like this,” he said. “It’s just fun. … The weather was good, so you could actually clear the jumps. It was cool to see Steamboat out there for a little competition.”
Dapper was one of six local competitors to win their division in the seasonlong competition Sunday. Bri Bogumill won the women’s open ski division. Landen Mertz was tops in the men’s open ski, Charlie Beurskens was first in boys junior ski, Billy Winters was first in boys junior snowboard and Mariah Starkey was first in the women’s open snowboard.
The series included two big air events and two slopestyle events, the last of which took place Sunday at the Rabbit Ears Terrain Park at Steamboat Ski Area.
Mertz, Dapper, Sarah Jann, Ryan Merritt, Payton McElhiney and Claire Ladico all won their divisions in the final competition to close out the series.
They were up against a larger field for the finale. To Dave Poussard, one of the series’ organizers, that’s proof of the idea’s popularity.
“It’s been fantastic,” Poussard said. “We got a lot of great local support and a lot of people involved. Word of mouth helped us. Everyone had a great time.”
The Park Challenge will be back next winter, he said, with some changes.
“We started out small this year to gauge the support we might have,” he said. “We will look to do a longer series next year, and to spread it over a longer period of time.”
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