By Adam Gray
Calling all terrain park enthusiasts! Time to pack away those snowboard and ski films that help you make it through the summer because winter is finally here! More importantly, the 2013-2014 winter season is jam packed with park events for both skiers and riders of all ability levels and ages.
We couldn’t be any more excited for the return of some of the best events in Vermont and the start of others. If you love to ski or ride in the park, the place to be this winter is right here at Stratton. The air is buzzing with excitement this year as the mountain welcomes back The Cold Wars Series, Village Rail Jam, USASA Series and the Vermont Open.
The Village Rail Jam is one of the favorites here on November 30. It’s the first on-snow jam of the season on the mountain’s most visible stage in the heart of Stratton’s Village. The Stratton Parks Crew trucks in some of the season’s first snow to prop up a feature. Drop in, show the mountain what you’ve got, get rid of those first jib jitters and compete for a cash prize and some swag.
First hit was at 2pm today. Richie, of Stratton Parks crew, had only good things to say about the talent that came out to participate today, “It’s been a cornucopia of great skiing and riding at this year’s Village Rail Jam.”
The Cold War Series is another chance for you to compete for cash, swag and bragging rights on Tyro’s rail and box features. The jam will start at 11am in Tyrolienne Park on January 18. As always, in order to have fun, you have to play safe, so helmets will be required. If you only plan on watching you’re in luck because the event is conveniently located within view from the Main Base Area.
The USASA Southern Vermont Snowboard and Freeski Series also returns to Stratton with 8 events: 3 rail jams, 4 skier/boardercross competitions and a banked slalom event. The first USASA rail jam at Stratton goes big in Tyro on December 29 and is open to both skiers and riders of all ages and abilities. See if you’ve got what it takes to top the podium in both categories.
The most anticipated event returning March 7-9 is the newly famed Vermont Open. Stratton Mountain and The Washed Up Cup bring you The Vermont Open, an event designed for snowboarders by snowboarders. There’s over $20,000 in prize money. For one weekend, snowboarders of all pedigrees come together to ride, compete, party and enjoy the snow. It’s a highlight of the season that’s not to be missed. This is truly open. The competition is open to all snowboarders and designed for amateurs, juniors, pros and snowboarding’s legends to compete in the same arena. If you’re not looking to participate, there is a plethora of other activities going on through these days. After all, the weekend is coined as a Snowboard and Music Festival. Get out here and witness some great snowboarding and music acts.
New this season on February 20-22 for all you skiers in search of top level competition is the North Face Park and Pipe Series. The North Face Park & Pipe series is a grassroots pipeline for athletes hoping to develop their skills and eventually qualify for top-level competitions. In addition to providing an open competition opportunity for athletes, The North Face is also the charter sponsor of U.S. Freeskiing through 2018. Some of freeskiing’s top names have competed in The North Face PPOS, including Gus Kenworthy, David Wise, Nick Goepper, Joss Christensen, Devin Logan, Roz Groenewoud and Maddie Bowman. Will you be the next name?