Latest News – March 28

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.

The 10th Annual Cloud City Showdown was held at Dutch Henri Hill on March 21. Photo: Colorado Mountain College.

The 10th Annual Cloud City Showdown was held at Dutch Henri Hill on March 21. Photo: Colorado Mountain College.

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

Women’s Snowboarding 

  • 1st – Melissa Ponce De Leon 
  • 2nd – Christina Canty

Men’s Snowboarding 

  • 1st – Matt Silva 
  • 2nd – Zach Soderholm 
  • 3rd – Mike Minor

Men’s Skiing

  • 1st– Zach French 
  • 2nd – Dan Watson 
  • 3rd – Matthew Cordts

Best Trick winner

  • Matt Silva 
Thanks to all the CMC Staff and students for make it happen. Photo: Colorado Mountain College.

Thanks to all the CMC staff and students for make the Rail Jam happen.               Photo: Colorado Mountain College.

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Here’s a video the CMC students produced about Rail Jam 2014:

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