Let loose the dummies

Entrants to the inaugural “Snowdown Dummy Big Air” event race down the slopes of Purgatory at Durango Mountain Resort on Sunday. Teams created models, put them on skis and sent them down a slope that ended in a jump at the mountain’s base. Enlarge photo

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Entrants to the inaugural “Snowdown Dummy Big Air” event race down the slopes of Purgatory at Durango Mountain Resort on Sunday. Teams created models, put them on skis and sent them down a slope that ended in a jump at the mountain’s base.

Mayhem on the mountain is achieved as the Adaptive Sports Foundation’s “Monoski Manic” crashes after catching big air on a jump set up on the slopes of Purgatory at Durango Mountain Resort on Sunday during the inaugural “Snowdown Dummy Big Air” event, which featured models created by teams and placed on skis. The models were sent down a slope that ended in a jump at the mountain’s base. Enlarge photo

SHAUN STANLEY/Durango Herald

Mayhem on the mountain is achieved as the Adaptive Sports Foundation’s “Monoski Manic” crashes after catching big air on a jump set up on the slopes of Purgatory at Durango Mountain Resort on Sunday during the inaugural “Snowdown Dummy Big Air” event, which featured models created by teams and placed on skis. The models were sent down a slope that ended in a jump at the mountain’s base.

“Bridezilla” makes her way down the slopes at Purgatory at Durango Mountain Resort on Sunday during the inaugural “Snowdown Dummy Big Air” event, which featured models created by teams and placed on skis. The models were sent down a slope that ended in a jump at the mountain’s base. Enlarge photo

SHAUN STANLEY/Durango Herald

“Bridezilla” makes her way down the slopes at Purgatory at Durango Mountain Resort on Sunday during the inaugural “Snowdown Dummy Big Air” event, which featured models created by teams and placed on skis. The models were sent down a slope that ended in a jump at the mountain’s base.

To the delight of the crowd, Jack Turner gives his creation “Bridezilla” a helping hand after her ski run down the slopes at Purgatory at Durango Mountain Resort on Sunday during the inaugural “Snowdown Dummy Big Air” event. Enlarge photo

SHAUN STANLEY/Durango Herald

To the delight of the crowd, Jack Turner gives his creation “Bridezilla” a helping hand after her ski run down the slopes at Purgatory at Durango Mountain Resort on Sunday during the inaugural “Snowdown Dummy Big Air” event.