Backyard BBQ Rail Session at Keystone 9/15/12
15 Sep, 2012
It’s hard to imagine a pile of snow, let alone 10 tons of snow on a 70 degree September day in Summit County, Colorado, but the first rail jam of the season kicked off at Keystone Resort with just that. The Keystone park crew built three rideable features for local skiers and snowboarders to have a jam session to kick off the upcoming season.
It was an easy decision to take a break from unpacking and organizing and head to Keystone to check out the event. Just a 5 minute walk through the base to get to the rail jam packed with people watching the action. At the base, spectators could watch the rail jam, get goodies from the sponsor tents and watch the downhill mountain bikers come rushing through.
Looking down at the rail jam and the base of Keystone
I arrived just in time to watch the end of the preliminary rounds and watch the women’s and men’s finals. The awards at the end offered up a handful of prizes like a seasons pass, GoPro and outerwear.
Today’s setup was two down rails (one with a donkey dick) with a stairset and a pole jam. There was enough snow to drop in, hit the features and then hopefully land back in the snow. Barrels of hay lined the snow in case momentum carried the competitors past the snow.
While sitting near the rail jam, I got to watch some pretty good crashes on the snow and the occasional mountain biker crash on the trail. Definitely action-packed for the afternoon.
The best part of today was getting back in a winter state of mind, seeing the passion and dedication that rail riders have and being able to hang out with part of the team I’ll be working with at Keystone. Now just waiting on the snow!