A new addition for this summer’s Adventure Park activities at Crested Butte Mountain Resort is the Coca-Cola air bag jump! I have to admit that I didn’t necessarily think I’d be interested in “hittin’ the bag” off the four-story tall scaffolding that has been erected next to the bottom of the Silver Queen lift in the base area. There’s even a lower jump point so that it’s more like a ten-footer, if you’d like to hit that first. I’ve hit bigger cliff jumps into water than that (way bigger, come to think of it), so what’s the big deal with a 20 footer into a bag?
For me, my brain is somewhat comfortable hucking into water . . . I mean it’s water, right? It has a known quantity of “give,” depending on your height, entry angle and all that. But when I went skipping off the end of the high deck, my brain was not impressed with my decision . . . the warning lights were flashing with the “solid object coming up at you very quickly—not good!” And with all that going on, by the time you “poof” into the airbag the adrenaline’s hitting like a freight train!
Crazy thing is, the landing’s way softer than water. You feel an initial “tap” is you make contact with the surface of the bag, but the air cushions your landing so much nice than the high-resistance factor of water. The ideal landing spot is somewhere between your bum and you’re your back, but I had no problems with landings that had my feet making contact first.
Some jumpers still plug their noses out of instinct like they are gonna get wet. But what a deal—all the thrill and you get to keep your clothes on!
And wearing a dress isn’t an excuse for not tossing yourself off the top . . . check out Patti from H.R. jumpin’ in! Speaking of doing it in dresses, I wonder how long it’ll be before we get a photo of a bride in her wedding gown “taking the leap”?
Anyway, give it a try on your next trip CB (you can get tickets in the Adventure Center) and get to the bag in the morning while conditions are calm . . . the bag turns into a sail if the winds come up and has to be deflated so that it doesn’t try to fly away.
Enjoy the day out there and we’ll see you tomorrow.
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