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Acrobag at Bristol Mountain
Bristol Mountain, N.Y. This weekend, skiers and snowboarders can jump 150 feet into the air and not worry about falling hard. It's all thanks to the Acrobag.
The Acrobag is a 50 X 50 inflated air bag skiers and snowboarders can land on after taking off on the jump.
Its an inflatable stunt man airbag designed by snowboarders for skiing and snowboarding and all sorts of free style sports, said Marc-Andre Tarte, Acrobag World Company.
Tarte developed the Acrobag. He was a professional snowboarder for more than a dozen years. He has walked away with the prize money from Viennas Lords of the Boards two years running, Japans Toyota Big Air, and the Freestyle CH Festival in Switzerland over four consecutive years, according to Bristol Mountain. He now trains other athletes with his device, including the national Russian snowboarding team for the Olympics.
"They're able to learn to progress to envision and actively engage and get it, said Tarte. It builds up self confidence in the youth."
Skiers and snowboarders who were brave enough to make the jump into the Acrobag said it was cool to try jumps theyve seen on TV.
TJ Knauf of Webster said, "After watching the Olympics the freestyle skiing, I was really psyched to come out here and try my hand at some of the things those pros do."
"It's kind of cool to know they do their training on bags just like this one, said Josh Holfoth of Pittsford. It kind of gives you the feeling that you're a little bit like them."
Tarte and his team will be at Bristol with the Acrobag on Saturday from 11am-7pm, and Sunday 9am-5pm. They will be available to coach guests on maneuvers.
The jump ticket is $15. You must also have a season pass or purchase a lift ticket. Jump tickets are good for a one hour period and can be purchased at the Guest Services Office.
Jump tickets can be purchased by guests 10 and older. A parent must sign a risk form for kids ages 10-17.