Latest News – March 21

13th Annual Cloud City Rail Jam on Saturday

Spring is in the air, and so are Leadville rail jam competitors practicing their grabs, spins, and jibs for this year’s rail jam! The 13th Annual Cloud City Rail Jam “Jib-a-thon” will be held in the Backyard Terrain Park at Colorado Mountain College (CMC) this Saturday, Mar. 25.

Competitors in this year's Cloud City Rail Jam will experience the best of the CMC Backyard Terrain Park. Photo: Lauren Swanson

Competitors in this year’s Cloud City Rail Jam will experience the best of the Colorado Mountain College Backyard Terrain Park. Photo: Lauren Swanson.

The Cloud City Rail Jam Jib-a-thon is an all ages event with separate divisions for men and women (13+) and a grom division (12 years and under).  Awards go to the best overall male and female competitor in each discipline – skiing and snowboarding.

Prizes for this year’s event include snowboards, skis, gear, and more. Two of the top prizes are custom snowboards designed and built by students in the Ski Business program at Colorado Mountain College Steamboat Springs. As the event approaches, more sponsors and prizes are being added daily. 

The annual CMC Rail Jam in Leadville is put on entirely by the Ski Area Operations, Event Management class. Students are responsible for all event details, from designing and building the features to obtaining sponsorships and prizes. The Rail Jam Jib-a-thon will serve as a final project for the Events Management class, an assignment the class has been working on since January.

“I’m most excited about designing and building the park features,” says Dan Williams, a Ski Area Operations student originally from Port Angeles, WA, “I take advantage of every opportunity I have to get in a snowcat and groom or build. Plus, I love riding and testing out the features! We’re lucky to have an on-campus backyard terrain park behind our dorm.”

Registration for this event begins at 10 a.m., costs $10 and includes a jersey and lunch for the first 30 competitors. Competitors under 18 years of age will need a parent or guardian signature to participate and helmets are required for all.

Students are looking forward to seeing competitors and spectators of all ages at the CMC Leadville Backyard Terrain Park for a Saturday full of impressive tricks, groovy tunes, and swag bag giveaways. For more information please visit the Facebook Event Page.

And please – don’t forget your helmets, they’re required for participation. For more information contact Jason Gusaas, Instructor of Ski Area Operations at  jgusaas@coloradomtn.edu. 719-486-4229.

Here’s a look back on the CMC Rail Jam 2012!

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