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Skiers, Snowboarders Hit The Slopes For Competition At The Peek

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Buffalo: Skiers, Snowboarders Hit The Slopes For Competition At The Peek
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FINDLEY LAKE, N.Y. -- "180's because they're pretty easy, I just like cruising," said Braeden Attig, Buffalo Resident.

He's been competing for two years.

"Theres 360's some people do, some people do cork fives which are like going upside down, and flips and backflips," said Attig.

Braeden Attig, 9, of Buffalo was one of about seventy taking part in the USA Snowboard Association's Slopestyle Competition at Peek'n Peak on Sunday.

"You hit the rails, you're poppin on, poppin off, then you go into the jumps, that's where they're doing their spins, doing their grabs," said James Wangelin, Head Coach.

Skiers and snowboarders of all ages and skill level traveled from as far away as Lake Placid to take part in the event.

"You get to see some of the best advanced riders in the area, it can be inspiring to some younger kids, they look up to these guys, they see the big tricks and its get them motivated, it brings up a whole other generation," said Adam Pirtz, Terrain Park Manager.

Those who do well during the qualifiers here at Peek 'n Peak, get a chance to jump to the national competition to be held next month.

"It's the adrenalin rush, you got to lay it all down on the line, they practice kind of for this moment to really compete and do well, the pressure of trying to make sure you do well and have fun at the same time, its just a good competition, a lot of excitement for everyone," said Wangelin.

Like Attig said he has his sights set on making it to the next level.

"Its fun and it helps people learn about competing and how to snowboard," said Attig.

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