Catching Air, Popping Off Tricks: Rail Jam Action!
Last Saturday, March 22, nearly 20 participants showed off their edge and best tricks at the 10th Annual Cloud City Showdown/Colorado Mountain College Rail Jam on Dutch Henri Hill in Leadville. The yearly event is put on by students in CMC’s Ski Area Operations program, 95 percent of who land jobs at ski areas after graduation.
It’s certainly a nuts to bolts operation with students in the snowmaking class making the snow; students in the grooming class sculpting it into perfect corduroy and jumps; and students in the event management class promoting and managing the event.
Here’s how the competition panned out:
CMC Rail Jam 10th Annual Cloud City Showdown Results
- 1st – Melissa Ponce De Leon
- 2nd – Christina Canty
- 1st – Matt Silva
- 2nd – Zach Soderholm
- 3rd – Mike Minor
- 1st– Zach French
- 2nd – Dan Watson
- 3rd – Matthew Cordts
Best Trick winner
- Matt Silva
Here’s a video the CMC students produced about Rail Jam 2014: