Vernon Paralympic and X-Games medalist skier Josh Dueck practises back flips in to the comfortable landing zone know as the BIGAIRBAG

Vernon Paralympic and X-Games medalist skier Josh Dueck practises back flips in to the comfortable landing zone know as the BIGAIRBAG

Dueck catches some air at Star

Josh Dueck launches at least half-a-dozen of his signature sit-ski backflips at Silver Star

  • Apr. 8, 2012 10:00 a.m.

It was a chance to come full circle at Silver Star for Josh Dueck, and a chance he couldn’t pass up.

Dueck, Silver Star’s Paralympic silver and X-Games gold medalist, landed the first ever backflip on snow by a skier in a sit-ski on Feb. 6, 2012 in the backcountry of Whistler, B.C.

He built up to the feat by training on the BIGAIRBAG at Whistler.

When Dueck heard the Oakley and Camp of Champions BIGAIRBAG TOUR was going to be at Silver Star for the weekend, where he used to regularly pull tricks like this before his injury, he and all his supporters wanted to share the moment.

Dueck launched at least a half-dozen backflips into the big bag at the Star.

“He stayed around to chat and sign autographs after,” said Ben Jackson, Silver Star events manager. “Having the air bag at the resort is one of those really fun things and it also helps people learn some new skills in a controlled environment.”

Close to 200 people between the ages of 11 and 47 hit the BIGAIRBAG over two days at the Star’s TELUS Park, creating what park manager Dustin O’Ferrall called an “awesome atmosphere.”

“Everyone was being really supportive and were encouraging each other to try tougher tricks,” said O’Ferrall. “And of course the energy really picked up when Josh showed up to practise his backflip on home turf here at Silver Star.”

Joining Dueck for the weekend to provide guidance for landing on the big, cushy air bag were Mike Shaw, B.C. park and pipe ski team head coach, and Miles Rickets, an Oakley rep and former provincial park and pipe ski team head coach.

 

The event was a huge success and Silver Star looks forward to doing it all again next year.