Cloud City Rail Jam Results, 2016
by Anna Sophia Wolner
Another year, another snowy Saturday in March. On March 26th, Colorado Mountain College’s Ski Area Operations students put on their annual Cloud City Rail Jam—an event where skiers and snowboarders of varying abilities showcase their talents in a competition, entering for a chance to win prizes and shred with fellow winter sport enthusiasts.
This year, spectators and participants alike braved the blizzard conditions to share in the fun. A DJ provided the soundtrack for the day, keeping the mood abuzz with excitement. A few vendors set up tents, selling goods, offering some free swag, and tickets to enter raffles. Students from the Events Management class, who coordinated the event, were selling food and raffle tickets, as well. While there was much fun to be had on the sidelines, the action was mostly on the terrain park—about 27 competitors participated, including children and adults, men and women. There is a $10 registration fee for both grom and normal men’s and women’s divisions.
Winter sports are a big part of the culture of Leadville and of CMC. Of the spectators and competitors, it was a mix of students and community members, both of which were eagerly involved and displayed comradery and sportsmanship. This coming together truly exemplifies the spirit of CMC’s effort to get involved in the Leadville community.
After a few hours of fun in the snow, judges deliberated and announced the winners of the day:
– 1st: Jack Lee
– 2nd: Brandon Ziller
– 3rd: John Burke
– 1st: Zach Ryan
– 2nd: Dillon Lunsford
– 3rd: Trevor Adams
– 1st: Melissa Ponce De Leon
– 2nd: Tiffany Wellman
– 3rd: N/A
Grom Snowboard – 1st Overall (Both Gender): Andrew Nelson
– 2nd Boys: Josiah Horning
– 3rd Boys: Barrett Poupore
– 2nd Girls: Tabitha Mobley
– 3rd Girls : N/A
Grom Ski – 1st Overall (Both Gender): Max Filder
– 2nd Boys: Trevyn Peterson
– 3rd Boys: J.P. Schacklet
– 2nd Girls: Nayeli Peterson
– 3rd Girls : Tshering Williams
Winners were given quirky trophies reflecting the uniqueness of the day and the love of the sport, they also received prizes, including snowboards and skis.
The event was primarily run by students, and their efforts were seen in the coordination and fluidity of the day. It seemed that everything went off without a hitch, and everyone had a good time.
Overall, the 2016 Cloud City Rail Jam was a success, fun was had by all—hopefully next year will be equally as epic.