Mansfield Courier

Free ski to music for FreeBOM

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WHILE some events have been cancelled or moved on Mt Buller, the fun will still run this Saturday, August 21 for the annual FreeBOM event.

“Free your animal spirit at the 8th annual FreeBOM, where Mt Buller’s ski community get together on Wood Run to ski moguls, dance to music and aprèski,” said coordinato­r Watkin McLennan.

“Possibly the most fun you will ever have on skis.”

The competitio­n is much like a big mountain event but instead of being held on the side of a steep rocky peak the event is located on Mt Buller’s infamous Wood Run birthplace of Aussie bump skiing and an achievable challenge for intermedia­te skiers and a blast for experts.

Skiers will be judged on their skiing fluidity, energy, line choice and control.

The format is relaxed and the judges are as much a part of the entertainm­ent as they are looking at the skiing.

Prizes will be awarded to all ages and genders based on skiing, dressing, airing, falling and FreeBOMing.

FreeBOM is a family event with the main award being hosted and presented by the Randle family.

“The Randles come with the whole family and put on a great show,” McLennan said.

“There are lots of kids, young adults and right through to the older adults that all take part.

“It is their time to shine and do their own thing.”

A great spectator day as well as for skiers, the mountain also comes alive with loud music for this event with skiers mogul-ling their way down Wood Run to the tunes.

“We usually have a couple of DJs coming up from Melbourne to help out with the music but this year, if they cannot come, then they will be sending pre-recorded music for us to set up over big sound systems,” McLennan said.

“This event is set for everyone to have a good time, do their young style of moguls and enjoy the great snow we have on the mountain at present.”

“Everyone is welcome to watch and everyone is encouraged to enter.

“It is your chance to get a cheer from the lift, a high-five at the bottom of the run and a shout-out from an MC in a one-piece suit.

“It’s not about how well you ski it’s about how well you want to ski this is theatre, this is action.”

 ??  ?? JOIN THE PARTY: The ‘Party Run’ at the conclusion of FreeBOM on Mt Buller is always fun to watch - and take part in. FreeBOM runs this Saturday.
JOIN THE PARTY: The ‘Party Run’ at the conclusion of FreeBOM on Mt Buller is always fun to watch - and take part in. FreeBOM runs this Saturday.

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