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20 years of Crested Butte Extremes

The Freeskiing World Tour heads to Crested Butte, Colo., this weekend

Updated: February 20, 2011, 7:24 PM ET
By Devon O'Neil | ESPN Action Sports

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In the spring of 1991, a Crested Butte ski patrolman named Tim Caughlin had just returned from the inaugural World Extreme Skiing Championships in Valdez, Alaska, when the gears in his head began to turn. Figuring his home mountain had plenty of gnarly terrain to stage a similar contest, Caughlin enlisted the help of resort marketing wizards Gina Kroft and Bob Gillen, and within eight months, an event that would come to be known simply as "The Extremes" was born.

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