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30 Jul, 2009 10:32

Riding beyond the clouds

Snowboarders and ski jumpers from all over Russia have recently been busy testing out the slopes of Russia's highest peak. Every July the Elbrus Summer Camp hosts hundreds of riders showing off their skills.

A little bit of jibbing and moving onto slopestyle – that's the way these people like to spend their time.

The permafrost of Mt. Elbrus is around 3,800 meters above sea-level and it’s one of the main spots on the Russian extreme winter sports map. And it’s definitely the highest one.

Since 1996, riders from all over Russia have descended on the snowy slopes in the midst of summer for the sake of free-riding.

Both amateurs and pro-riders are brought together for the love of thrills.

This time around they’ve been offered four lines of various-sized ramps to compete in a wide range of contests.

“It's the best park I've ever seen here. Mainly thanks to the vastly experienced shapers, who've done a great job once again. We have all the best conditions here and try to produce our best in snowboarding and ski freestyle contests,” says rider Nikolay Piotrovsky.

Even a brief look at their tricks show they really do.

And it’s certainly not just a man's world either, with women proving their tricks every bit as eye catching in the girls’ event.