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Presidents Park Slopestyle & Rail Jam
Head to the terrain park on Presidents Day Weekend for slopestyle & rail jam competitions!
This is a 2-part event in the Whitefish Mountain Resort Terrain Parks. Compete in one or both events. Slopestyle events provide the best opportunity for skiers and snowboarders to throw down their best tricks on full runs through the Terrain Parks using as many jumps and rail features as possible. Each person gets two runs through the park, best run wins. After that, it is time for our only Rail Jam of the year. Competition is fun for riders and the fast-paced action is fun for spectators. Riders will throw down in three sections, each around 10 minutes.
9:00am: Registration Closes
10:15 – 11:15am: Check-in at the Events Office
11:00am: Terrain Park Closes to the Public. Central Re-opens to public at 3pm.
11:30am: – 12:30pm: Course Open for Inspection
12:45pm: Mandatory Meeting for Upper Division Competitors at the top of Central Avenue Park.
1:00 – 2:00pm: Slopestyle Competition Start for Upper Division Competitors
1:30pm: Depot Park Closes to the Public
2:00 – 2:45pm: Inspection in Depot Park for Lower Division
3:00pm: Mandatory Meeting for Lower Division Competitors
3:15pm: Slopestyle Competition Start for Lower Division Competitors
4:15pm: Mandatory Rail Jam Competitors Meeting 4:00 at the Main Park Shack (near the wall ride)
4:30 – 5:00pm: Rail Jam – Younger Divisions (8-13) and 14+ Skiers
5:00 – 5:30 pm: Rail Jam – Open Divisions and 14+ Snowboarders
6:00pm: Awards outside of the Events Office in the Upper Village (same place as Check In).
Torchlight Parade & Fireworks
7:00pm: Torchlight Parade and Fireworks Begin (bottom of Ed’s Run, outside Ed and Mully’s)
Competitions will be held at Chair 3 / Whitefish Terrain Parks.
Rail Jam Venue – Lower Chair 3 area – All divisions.
Upper Division – Slopestyle – Central Park / 2nd Street Park to Lower Railyard
Lower Division – Slopestyle – Depot Park
Awards – Located at the Events Office (same location as Check-In)
REGISTRATION and FEES
Upper Division Slopestyle – $25
Lower Division Slopestyle – $20
Rail Jam – $25
All categories exist for both skiers and snowboarders.
Upper Division – Competing in Central Park and 2nd Avenue Parks in the Slopestyle. All Competitors use the Lower Chair 3 railyard for the Rail Jam. (Intermediate to Advanced)
Grom Girls – Girls ages 8-13
Ladies – Ladies ages 14+
Groms – Boys ages 8-13
Teens – Boys ages 14+
Open Class (This is the expert class, no age divisions, no cash purse)
Lower Division – Competing in Depot Park in the Slopestyle. All Competitors use the Lower Chair 3 railyard for the Rail Jam. (for beginner or younger competitors)
Grom Girls – ages 8-12
Grom Boys – ages 8-12
We provide up to four judges for these competitions, each with years of terrain park riding and work experience. We base our scores on an overall impression of a combination of factors:
Degree of difficulty – How hard was that trick? Example – a backside 360 on a snowboard is not as difficult as a switch backside 360.
Amplitude – How big did they go? Example – more airtime is cooler. Duh.
Execution – Was it smooth? Did they ride away cleanly, no hands down, tight rotations, etc. Example – A smooth and clean 540 will most definitely outscore a wack 720.
Variety – Multiple types of tricks. Example – the same rail slide the whole way down will not score as high as a run that approaches jibs differently with a variety of tricks.
Style – …was it kinda rad?
Point System – Each Slopestyle judge judges their area of the park to a total of 10 points. 4 judges would have a maximum score of 40. Each division would be judged across the same point scale. For the Rail Jam – Judges will evaluate riders in each division and a limited number will advance to the finals (based on overall participation numbers)
Segments – For the Slopestyle the park will be divided into multiple segments. No one person can see every landing and takeoff of each park feature for each competitor. That is why we divide the park equally (typically two on the jumps, and two in the lower garden) to equally judge all types of terrain park riding.
Rail Jam Judging – There will be three separate sections, each with a dedicated judge. The rail jam will be based on an overall impression of each judge. Each rider’s best score from each section will be totaled to determine winners of each division.
**All competitors must wear an approved helmet.**
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Dates are subject to change.