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REPORTING · 3rd February 2011
Walter McFarlane
An estimated 40 plus youth entered in this year’s 3rd Annual Rail Jam. Spectators came out to watch the young and young at heart tackle the rails on skis and on snowboards.

“It’s our annual Rail Jam and we have our community supporting this event this year,” said Marcy Rice. “We have a lot of the community businesses helping out this year. We’ve had 101 Industries, the District of Kitimat and the Chamber of Commerce supporting this event this year and we’ve had some great sponsorship.”

The Master of Ceremonies for the event was Chance Healey from Shames Mountain.

“It’s twice the size it was last year. This year, we have two separate runs. We have our typical run which we’ve had here in the past. We have our three features on the bottom and this year, we have a new rail 101 Industries built for us and it’s just so big it needed it’s own separate area,” said Healy.

In addition, the spectators had a central area to view the tricks rather than the outskirts.

Entrants had three tricks to pull off with each judge scoring them out of a possible 25. Those with the highest scores were declared the winner. The categories were ages; 18 and above in ski and snowboard, 14-17 ski and snowboard and 13 and under in ski and snowboard. There were also enough women entered to have a female category.

The hill was put together by Shaun Oviatt and 101 Industries produced the rails. Bandstra delivered the rails and Fred’s Equipment provided the lights. In addition, businesses helped provide cash prizes for the event.