Sunlight Mountain rides into jib scene
It’s new and it’s about to be broken in.On Sunday, Jan. 8, Sunlight Mountain Resort’s Roaring Fork Centre of the Rockies Terrain Park will showcase its first competitive event by hosting the KSNO Rail Jam Series.Rail Jam Series, a three-part competition that tests snowboarders’ abilities and styles, will start on Jan. 8, with rounds two and three taking place the next two Sundays, Jan. 15 and 22. “We have been looking at Aspen and other resorts and picking their brains and getting the word out to more competitive riders,” said John Seaberry, public relations and marketing assistant at Sunlight Mountain. “There should be some really good riders there.”New table-top jumps, new boxes, over a dozen new rails and a pipe cutter adorn the new terrain park. “This will really put Sunlight on the jib park map,” Seaberry said in a press release. According to ABC-of-Snowboarding.com, jib is defined as ‘The act of riding on something other than snow, i.e. rails, trees, garbage logs.’ Sponsorship from Land Rover allowed the mountain to spend money to improve the park.”It is a much better venue now,” Seaberry said. “It is going to be totally sick because of the venue and there should be a really good set of spectators and a lot of really sick riders.”Friday, Jan. 6, is Sunlight’s LaFarge/EnCana Skier Appreciation Day, where lift ticket prices are reduced to $10 and all proceeds go to the United Way of Garfield County. Kids who can’t attend the event because they will be at school, can receive a voucher for a $10 lift ticket for the Rail Jam Series on Jan. 8. County school teachers and employees will receive free lift tickets for Jan. 8. Seaberry hopes that the vouchers and free tickets help the event draw a large crowd. “We are hoping that every kid around this area will be there,” Seaberry said.Two sessions, a morning one that begins at 11 a.m. and an afternoon session that takes place at 2 p.m., will make up all three rounds. New features in the terrain park will be unveiled each round. Each rider will perform tricks on a designated section of the terrain park and will receive points depending on their skill, style and trick difficulty.The panel-judged event’s registration costs $5 per round or $10 for all three. Registration begins at 9 a.m. on Jan. 8 in Sunlight’s day lodge. The first-place prize is a 2006-07 Sunlight season pass, but there will also be other prizes awarded to the daily points leader after each round.
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