Usually a haven for skiers and snowboarders, the ski trails of Mount Snow in southern Vermont hosted another type of fast-and-high-flying enthusiast the other day.
It was a 900-horsepower truck driven by off-road champ Ricky Johnson.
Part of the progressive winter sports Red Bull Frozen Rush, the West Dover ski resort in the Green Mountains—the site of early Winter X Games before the contest left for Aspen, Colorado—blocked off a figure eight course with jumps and berms Friday so Johnson could drive his truck outfitted with specially designed spikes for traction on steep terrain that included an expert black diamond 30-degree slope called Yard Sale.
Johnson plowed upward in the frozen playground while hitting jumps in the soft snow. The multiple TORC Series Champion took three practice runs and two final charges up the mountain to conquer the track as thousands of spectators looked on.
“When I first walked through the course and saw how steep it was, I knew it was going to be a challenge,” he said.
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