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|Sammy Carlson at last year's scheduled SCI big air contest at Mt. Hood.|
The Sammy Carlson Invitational big air will not return to Mt. Hood, Ore., this summer. The Winter X Slopestyle champ, along with Windell's Ski Camp, decided to pull the plug on this year's event, citing untenable costs and insufficient space on Hood's Palmer Snowfield. The event will return, hosted by Oregon's Mt. Bachelor, in summer 2012.
"We decided to move it to Mt. Bachelor because Hood is just so busy during the summertime," Carlson said. "With all the camps and there's not really much room for the size of jump that I want. It's unfortunate, but I'm stoked to be doing it at Mt. Bachelor." Carlson indicated July 4, 2012 as a tentative date for next year's contest.
Last July was the first scheduled Sammy Carlson Invitational, but the event was canceled due to poor visibility. In a private film shoot last summer, Carlson landed the first switch triple rodeo 1260 on the jump he built for the big air contest.
This summer, Carlson has laid out a movie project in conjunction with Nimbus Independent. Titled "On Top of The Hood," the upcoming movie is intended to premiere September at the International Freeskiing Film Festival in Montreal. After its premiere, "On Top of The Hood" will be available for free on the Web.
Athletes slated to appear in the film include Bobby Brown, Alex Schlopy, Nick Martini, Tommy Ellingson and Simon Dumont.
They'll be shooting the film all on Hood, but not at the resort. "All these features, I've been scouting them for years and always dreamed of getting a crew together to go out and have sessions on them," Carlson said. "It's finally lined up, looking like it's going to be a good summer. We have a ton of snow up there, so it should go off. We've got 10 different features lined up. Every feature will have a couple different riders, and we're just gonna go out and throw down as hard as we can."
He added that they are all new features and they'll be built high on the mountain, above Palmer Snowfield. Palmer Express, the highest lift at the Timberline Ski Area, tops out at 8,540 feet. Mt. Hood's summit sits at 11,249 feet. "Most of the features are at 10,000 feet or higher," he said. "That's why we're calling it 'On Top of The Hood.'"