SAN FRANCISCO (November 6, 2006) – ICER is pleased to announce the success of the second annual ICER AIR event. Building on the popularity of the inaugural event on San Francisco’s famed Fillmore Street hill, professional skiers and snowboarders once again took on another one of San Francisco’s iconic locations, AT&T Park.
Esurance ICER AIR 2006 drew over 25,000 spectators for a fun-filled day of snow, music and big-air. “We really wanted to take this to a whole new level,” said ICER President and Founder, Glen Griffin. "We brought in some of the best ski and snowboard talent from around the world, secured headliner bands to perform and saw hundreds of industry retailers come together to create a one-of-a-kind festival atmosphere.”
Esurance ICER AIR featured a 100-foot high ski and snowboard jump that descended from the scoreboard at AT&T Park, extending more than 350 feet in length and covered with 200 tons of snow.
The main event, men’s big-air ski and snowboarding, wowed the crowed with gravity defying aerial maneuvers against the backdrop of the Bay Bridge and San Francisco skyline. Last year’s third place winner, TJ Schiller, edged out X-Games gold medalist Jon Olsson for the win when he landed a crowd pleasing 1080. Olsson performed a switch 900 to claim second and Steele Spence came in third with a 900. The remainder of the men’s ski division finished in the following order: Cory Vanular, Josh Bibby, John Spriggs, Peter Olenick, Chris Benchetler, Pep Fujas, Sammy Carlson, Simon Dumont, Sean Field and Tim Durtschi. On the snowboarding side, Travis Rice, one of the hottest new riders on the scene, took the title with an astounding lead after successfully executing a corked backside 7. Andreas Wiig came in second following his backside rodeo 900. Two time Olympian and silver medalist Danny Kass successfully landed a backside 900 to earn him the third place spot. Rounding out the field, Brent Meyer finished in fourth followed by Chas Guillemond, Andy Finch, Juuso Laivisto, Wyatt Caldwell, Louie Vito, Bjorn Leines, Tim Humphries and Corey Noble. In women’s skiing Michelle Parker finished in the lead followed by Kaya Turski and Shiadasha Holmstead. For snowboarding, Jamie Anderson finished first followed by Laurie Currier in second and Bev Viggue in third.