A fresh coating of powder on a mostly sunny afternoon, it was the perfect day for hosting a race at Pebble Creek. Roughly a dozen contestants were strapped to skis or boards and the outcome was never pretty. We’re talking about the annual Dummy Race at Pebble Creek and it’s how this ski area marks the beginning of spring.
It was the who’s -who of dummy racing. The Grinch was there, there was an alien hot tub party, and the father of the year even made an appearance. The rules of this event are simple: weigh less than 100 lbs. and let gravity do the rest. As simple as this sounds, there are always a few who fail to make it down the hill.
“A lot of them, when they go down the hill, they fall apart,” said Ron Smith who was representing the sponsor of the event. “I guess a good one is one that makes it down in one piece.”
If a good one is one that makes it down in one piece, Pooh Bear must be a great one. Not only is this his fourth year in the event, but he also survived the most devastating wildfire in our area’s history. Pooh Bear lost his skis in the fire and Mike Wade lost just about everything.
“I had a lot more pressing things and I was kind ambivalent about seeing him,” said Mike Wade, a homeowner who lost nearly everything in the Charlotte Fire. “I lost a lot of nicer possessions but you know…I’m glad he made it.”
With a new set of skis, Pooh Bear took his position.
“The main thing with this race, hit the ramp and we’ll see what he does,” said Wade.
And as luck would have it, Pooh Bear kept his course and caught some air.
The dummies were judged on style, big air, staying on course, staying intact and closeness to a target. There was also a People's Choice Award.