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Skouching: The Couch Potato Take On Skiing Hot

Couch Potatoes UniteCouch Potatoes Unite! Skouching is all the rageIn these days of interactive gaming many video game developers are making motion sensored skiing and snowboard games--finding ways to bring the snowy slopes to your living room. Some innovative college students have created a sport that does just the opposite: they’ve brought their living room to the slopes.

It’s new sport called “skouching”.

It consists of an old couch with skis drilled into the bottom. From there, it’s easy. Sit down, get a big push from a friend and carve up the hill, all from the comfort of your living room couch.

For the second consecutive year, dozens of people arrived at Mountain Dell Golf Course in Salt Lake City, Utah to spend a Saturday afternoon skouching. Self proclaimed professional skoucher and skouching founder Nick Edwards organized the event.

Edwards explained he and his fraternity came up with the idea last year when deciding what to do with an old couch. They found some old skis in their basement and drilled them onto the bottom of the couch. From there, Edwards and friends spread the word through Facebook. A few couches, love seats and recliners later they had a new sport on their hands.

The event began at 1 p.m. Saturday afternoon and continued until the couches had broke. Bizzare? Yes. Fun? Apparently. The 50 plus people gave the new sport rave reviews.

"Best thing I've ever done in my life," Trent Levrich, a first-time skoucher said. "Can't think of a better way to spend a Saturday."

Riding a massive couch down a snowy hill seems dangerous, however, thus far no serious injury has come from the skouching.

Contrary to what one may think, the new wintertime activity takes up a lot of energy.

"There are no lift lines. We thought about a snowmobile but we don't have one, or a 4-wheeler, but I don't think the golf course would like that," said Edwards. "So we just push them back up. Whoever rides the couch down pushes it back up."

Only time will tell if this new sport becomes an annual event in Salt Lake.

To see skouching for yourself check out this link:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U_BpDBneocw

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