There was a full field of skiers and snowboarders on the slopes for the opening King of the Rail jam on Dec. 29, with a few hundred spectators surrounding the course to take it all in. The highlight was the unveiling of a new "quad-kinked" down-flat-down-flat-down rail that was moved into the Blackcomb terrain park after the contest, and a new box with a kink/lip on the bottom that was moved into the Whistler park.
The athletes themselves cast ballots for the winners in each category while judges looked on to ensure that the voting is fair. The athletes who finished with the most votes got a share of the prize purse based on the number of people taking part.
In the competitive Ski Male 17 and Over group, Jordan Innes got the most votes plus $80. In Ski Male 16 and Under, Cooper Bathgate earned $20. In Snowboard Male 17 and Over it was Marc Tremblay who stood out the most to win $100. Zakk Harman won Snowboard 16 and Under and $15.
Vonique Doerosien won $15 in Snowboard Female 17 and Over.
The King and Queen of the Rails were Kyle Stainton and Jessy Porier, as determined by the judges.
As well as cash prizes, all participants were eligible to win draw prizes. Frances Bell came away with a pair of Atomic skis, while Ben Fortran won the Burton snowboard.
The next event in the series is this Saturday, Jan. 5. See below for details.
Park Rider Sessions continue with Under 13 event
Typically the biggest categories for ski and snowboard competitions around Whistler are those for kids, with big numbers taking part from local clubs like the Whistler Blackcomb Freestyle Ski Club, Whistler Valley Snowboard Club, and programs hosted by the mountains. As a result, organizers of the Park Rider Ski and Snowboard Event series hosted a 13 and under slopestyle contest last year that was very well attended, prompting them to do the same this year. The event took place on Sunday, Dec. 30 in the Nintendo Terrain Park on Blackcomb on a mix of rails and jumps.
In Male Snowboard 11-13, Quinn Dubois placed first, followed by Willem Stroud and Devon Stroud. In 10 and Under the winner was Finn Finestone, followed by Jadyn Chomlack and Brendan Keuling. In the Female Snowboard 13 and Under contest it was Jennifer Lafreniere in first, followed by Samantha Deally and Irie Smith.
For the skiers, Anders Uejski placed first in the 11 to 13 age group, followed by Chase Ujejski and Max Edwards. For the girls, it was Teagan Bruns, followed by Sofiane Gagnon.
The next Park Rider event is on Jan. 6. More information below.