It was perfect weather for the first rail jam competition of the year at Murray Ridge on Sunday.
Thirteen competitors both snowboarders and skiers, had an hour of sliding along one “Bob Marley” double wide rail to impress the judges for a total of nine scored runs.
Initially, the judges couldn’t even keep up, the competitors were so keen they were coming too fast to score each one.
However, after a few tries, competitors spaced themselves out enough to give the judges a look.
There were a lot of frustrated shouts as competitors crashed or missed their landings, but there were also some shouts of appreciation from onlookers as a few impressive moves were pulled off, like first place skier Quinn Moller who was sliding the rail and then spinning 270s off of it before his landing.
Third place boarder Dave Schemenauer was the only one who held a grab while sliding the rail, proving that being memorable pays off.
Ruckus Skis Boards and Bikes out of Prince George came out to sponsor the event, donating prizes for the winners as well as having a demo day at the hill, with some of this year’s boards and skis for anyone at the hill to try out for a few runs.
The top skiers were: Quinn Moller (first), Corey Panesar (second), and Keenan Traczyk (third).
The top boarders were: Joe Poznikoff (first), Josh Hunt (second), and Dave Schemenaur (third).
The Ruckus rail jam kicked off the first of a series of upcoming events at the hill, with the possibility of another rail jam on Feb. 27 and another Ruckus-sponsored park event likely during the Slush Cup weekend of March 12 and 13, which will also include a kids event, a slush cup, a mountain bike downhill event and bathtub races.