Lover’s Leap was roped off to the public on Sunday, not that a lot of recreational skiers would have wanted to take it on.

A difficult face greeted participants in the final regional competition of the regular season for the International Freeskiers and Snowboarders Association. The association oversees the discipline known as “big mountain” skiing and snowboarding, where competitors are judged on their line choice down a steep, cliff laden face.

On Vail Mountain, which had only recorded 1 inch of new snow in the week leading up to Sunday’s competition, the face the competitors were taking on was hard packed and wind scoured, without much give. …

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