After years of searching and a lucky break with a friend’s fraternity brother (who also happened to be Sam Kennedy, the President and CEO of Red Sox), USSA Chief Marketing Officer Mike Jaquet, secured one of the most unique partnerships in sports and a big air venue with one hell of a view. PHOTO: Eric Dyer
Wachusett patroller, Joe Greenwood mans the knuckle and scopes his line during qualification rounds Friday. Greenwood was just one of the handful of patrollers from Wachusett, Loon, Sunday River, and other East Coast resorts to help with the Fenway event. Killington made snow for the ramp, while its park crew helped work with Snowpark Technologies to build the stadium kicker. Said patroller Bill Murray, “The event is great, but you better believe I’m going to ski that thing before it’s done.” PHOTO: Kade Krichko
Keri Herman chats it up with Mario Batista, a Fenway grounds crew member and new ski fan. Asked what he thinks of the massive scaffolding structure sitting in the middle of his ballpark, Batista responds, “It’s just crazy, man. I mean, it’s cool, but these guys…they’re crazy.” PHOTO: Kade Krichko
After Friday’s qualifiers, women’s big air skiers Devin Logan and Maggie Voisin step inside the Green Monster to sign one of the most coveted autograph walls in sports—and post a Snapchat or two.  Logan grew up in Vermont, said she couldn’t pass up a chance to come ski in her home ballpark. PHOTO: Eric Dyer
Spinning between the Prudential and Hancock towers, and driving truck above Boston’s urban jungle. For two days 46 skiers from 14 nations used a 140-foot-tall drop-in ramp and 70-foot kicker to put on the biggest aerial show in Beantown since the friggin’ 4th of July, kehd. PHOTO: Eric Dyer
Patrollers take a break from the wind in the visitor’s dugout as Pesky’s Pole looks on. For each heat, four patrollers stationed out at the bottom landing area, two at the knuckle, and two at the top. The two in the sky brought up emergency sleds on the scaffolding lift, and then walked them the remaining three flights of stairs—170 feet off the ground. PHOTO: Kade Krichko
Fenway Park, single digit temperatures, negative wind chills, an icy kicker, and a standing room rendition of “Sweet Caroline”—Ski The East is alive and well in Titletown U.S.A. PHOTO: Kade Krichko
Fenway Park, single digit temperatures, negative wind chills, an icy kicker, and a standing room rendition of “Sweet Caroline”—Ski The East is alive and well in Titletown U.S.A. PHOTO: Eric Dyer
Men’s champion Vincent Gagnier, aka Vinny Cash, earning it in front of 15,000 of new friends. A Canadien in Bruins country—who said skiing can’t transcend borders? PHOTO: Eric Dyer

One Night In Fenway

A gallery of that one time skiing took over baseball's most iconic ballpark

When the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association announced they were bringing Big Air skiing and snowboarding to Fenway Park, the iconic home ballpark of the Boston Red Sox, I knew that I’d sell my left toe to be there. Skiing. Boston. Fenway. This was not a call you let go to voicemail.

While it might not have the access of a Salt Lake City, Boston is a ski crazy metropolis, the urban epicenter of sliding downhill Down East. Still, because of its proximity to the mountains, the city has never been able to host a major ski event. That is until last week. Nearly 50 athletes from around the world, including Olympic gold medalist Joss Christensen and X Games gold medalist Jossi Wells, descended on the house that Papi built to hit a massive 70-foot scaffolding kicker and land at home plate.

Despite low temperatures and sub zero wind chills, the East showed up to the tune of 15,442 strong, turning Fenway Park into a World Cup ski competition with an urban twist.

As the manmade snow dust settled on Fenway Friday evening, Canadian big air savant Vincent Gagnier stood atop the men’s podium, while German park princess Lisa Zimmerman topped the ladies field in one of the coolest denim jackets ever worn in competition (no word on the exact details of her Goodwill sponsorship deal, but sure there are fair share of BOGOs involved).

Here’s a look at all that went into a ski event that will go down as one of the friggin’ coolest (and the strangest) in recent history.