Downtown sports enthusiasts were almost thwarted by the unlikeliest of culprits on March 3: a bright, sunny day.
That horridly lovely sunshine that crept in toward late afternoon kept melting the four dumptrucks worth of snow that had been trucked from Bogus Basin to the parking lot of Newt and Harold's for the Red Bull Butter Cup, a low-flying snowboard competition staged near Boise State.
"It's just super-mellow boxes, where people do just like low to the ground butters on the three different boxes," said Corey McDonald, one of the event's organizers. "It's a nationwide tour, but this one is in a parking lot."
Luckily, the snow maintained, meaning the 50 or so amateur and professional riders on the scene were able to thrill several hundred onlookers gawking from lawn chairs, the patio of R Bar and the roof of the building with their shenanigans.
For the competition, Red Bull set up a roof-level ramp that riders had to climb one at a time with a ladder. Then they zipped down it and busted tricks on their choice of small rails and grind boxes in the flat area. After that, they did their best not run aground when the snow ended 20 feet later. Not all were successful.
The practice sessions got off to a rocky start, with riders catching themselves on the boxes from a lack of wax. After a few slightly-funny, ass-over-teakettle dismounts, organizers ran in with a bar of wax and got things back on track.
At the end of the day, top honors were taken by Logan Moyer in the amateur division and A.J. Ogden. Britney Gainger won the women's competition. Prizes included gear and lift tickets to Sun Valley.