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Saturday, January 10, 2004 -- McHenry, MD
Ford Built Tough Snow Series- Super Pipe Jam #1 (iPO Event Id#: 5905)
Story and photos by Julie Black

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Past Coverage: 2002: [Jan. 27] [Feb. 24] [March 3] 2003: [Pipe Jam #1] [Pipe Jam #5]

Wisp Pipe
Super Pipe Jam City
The Ford Built Tough Snow Series continued at Wisp and Deep Creek Mountain Resort on Saturday with the first event on the Super Pipe. Blessed with blue skies, lots of sunshine, and 9 degree temps, the pipe was up after a week of warmth. Many of the same faces from the Big Air were seen and their talent on the pipe made this event just as exciting.

The Junior boarders dug their edges in first and conquering the chunky half-pipe with style was Chad Miller who took top honors. Dillion took 2nd (sorry, no last name listed - yell at Greg), and taking 3rd was Garrett Kiedrowski, who also placed 1st in the Boarder Big Air Juniors by the way.

Wisp Pipe
Mark Nester gets some big air
Getting the monster lift-off of the day was Mark Nester, who took home the biggest gift certificate and 1st place for the snowboardin' Big Boyz. Nester got such amazing, jaw droppin' air off of the lip that he actually launched himself out of the tube more than once. It looked to me like he doubled the height of the 1/2 pipe for sure. Hey judges, tell the snowmaking gods that this guy needs a taller pipe next time. Holy Cow!

John Schmidt brought his own special brand of "high jinx" to the mountain to claim 2nd, and bringing the speed was Paul Beatty who got some phat air for 3rd.

Lets us not forget about the skiers, who 360'ed their way to top spots. Brian Schognagle brought the goods to the table for 1st, pulling all the tricks out of his helmet. Patrick Drumm took 2nd place with a few show stoppers of his own.

The Ford Built Tough Snow Series continues on the weekend of January 24th and 25th with the Super Pipe Jam #2 on Saturday, and on Sunday it's BoarderX and The Big Air #2. Just $10 to enter each event. Register at the Ski School Desk early each day. Call (301) 387-4911 for event times. Times do change, so make sure that you call or ask at the ski desk the morning of the event.