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World Ski and Snowboard Festival unveils The Cut Rail Jam

On April 13, Whistler Olympians Jasmine Baird, Darcy Sharpe and Teal Harle will compete against nearly 40 other locals
Jasmine Baird of Whistler grinds her way down a park rail.

The already-electrifying World Ski and Snowboard Festival (WSSF) is adding a new show to its lineup.

"The Cut" Rail Jam, scheduled for April 13 at 2 p.m., will feature a top-flight group of 40 skiers and snowboarders competing to earn their share of a $20,000 prize to be divided equally among all categories. Members of the public can catch the action for free all afternoon long at Skiers Plaza. 

Local Olympians Jasmine Baird, Darcy Sharpe and Teal Harle are in the mix, alongside Truth Smith, Cameron Spalding and newly-minted Junior World Championships contender Avery Krumme. 

Other riders partaking in this novel contest include men's snowboarders Marty Vachon, Caleb Chomlack, and Ron Forth. Women’s snowboarding athletes include Crystal Legoffe, Avery Spalding, Maggie Crompton, and Bailey Birkkjaer. Etienne Georffory-Gagnon, Jake Carney, and Jacob Belanger will help fill out the men's skiing field, and ladies' skiing is represented by Caoimhe Heavey, Shondra Charbonneau and Alais Develay.

More competitors are due to be announced at a later date. 

“I’m super excited for WSSF to bring back music and action in the village," said Jody Wachniak in a press release. Wachniak will emcee the Rail Jam alongside Mikey Ciccarelli and Callum Pettit. "Whistler always has great energy and buzz when this event kicks off!”

Head judge Harrison Gray will support his fellow judges Grete Eliaassen, Garrett Russell, John Martin and Maria Thomsen. 

The festivities will conclude at Skiers Plaza, where a to-be-announced artist will perform. 

More information is available on the WSSF website.