Keystone's very own "Survivor" contest ends with a local snowboarder taking home the prize.
The madness surrounding CBS's Survivor led to outright lunacy in the high country last fall when Keystone Resort ran its own "survivor" contest: Five Coloradans were locked up in a gondola dangling from a crane, night and day, for up to a month, with one competitor voted out by his or her fellow contestants every Friday. Each contestant was allowed five 15-minute breaks per day.
Ryan Hall, a 22-year-old snowboarder and Keystone local, spent over 600 hours in the 16-square-foot gondola suspended 30 feet above Keystone's base area waiting to survive the final vote, which he did, taking home the $20,000 winner's check.
Runner-up Jamie Carlos Manzanares -- a 30-year-old disc jockey with a truck-driving license -- lost the final vote three to zero but received season passes to Keystone, Breckenridge, and Arapahoe Basin for his effort.
Other contestants included Rex Reckseen, a 46-year-old carpenter; Kimberly Dickey, a 23-year-old Denverite; and Tanelle, a 26-year-old stripper.
"It feels so good to be out of there," said Hall after his victory. "And now I have enough cash to ride all season long!"