Could you outrun a moose on a snowboard? Could you run through a thick forest with six feet of antlers on your head?
Though it won’t be included in this year’s Winter Olympics, there’s an exciting new snowboarding category known loosely as the Moose Chase.
Judging by the videos emerging online, it looks to be quite fun, if not a tad dangerous. The rules are still evolving, but it basically involves snowboarding either alongside or behind the moose. In rare cases, the moose will chase you on your snowboard.
In Jackson Hole, Wyoming, snowboarder and photographer Scott Askins has shared a very cool Instagram video of a wild moose chasing him and his friend down a piste.
At first, the two snowboarders seem unaware of the creature’s presence as they perform tricks on the slope. Suddenly, it appears in front them and begins a frantic game of cat and mouse. Or, maybe cat and moose?
The largest of all deer species, moose are native to the area around Jackson Hole, one of North America’s most popular ski resorts and a routine gathering place for some of America’s most prestigious elites.
How dangerous is a moose on the loose? They do grow to roughly five or six feet tall and their antlers span six feet across. A moose can typically clock speeds of up to 35 mph. They’re quick and nimble. You would be, too, if you had to run through forests carrying six feet of antlers on your head. Think of all that could go wrong.
The snowboarders certainly don’t seem that frightened of the moose. Just look at that camera work.
And more people would probably prefer being chased by a moose than by a bear. The Telegraph reminds us that’s exactly what happened last year in Japan. The year before that, another skier in Utah encountered a mountain lion.