Good turnout for King of the Rail 

click to enlarge Riding the rails A snowboarder frontside boardslides the flat-down box on Saturday in the first King of the Rail event of the season. The next event is Jan. 10. Photo by Andrew Mitchell
  • Riding the rails A snowboarder frontside boardslides the flat-down box on Saturday in the first King of the Rail event of the season. The next event is Jan. 10. Photo by Andrew Mitchell

The first King of the Rail jam of the season took place under the lights on Dec. 27 with a solid turnout of 71 participants, probably twice as many spectators, great snow, and a slightly different selection of rails.

The more popular line include a flat down box to a flat box, but skiers and boarders also had the option of riding a C-rail to another flat box.

The athletes themselves judged the winners in each category, with cash prizes for the skiers and riders getting the most votes based on the number of participants. As well, all participants were eligible to win draw prizes from sponsors at Showcase, Glacier Shop, Nintendo, Atomic, Telus, DNA and others.

Mike Ness won $50 in the Ski Male 16 and Over category, while Brenden Kelly won $20 in the youth group. In Ski Female 16 and Over Jenny Strong got the most votes and $15.

For the snowboarders, Patrick Brobeck was the top Male 16 and Over, earning $100, while Stevie Kopyt won $15 for 15 and Under. Becky Goebel was the top Female 16 and Over, winning $15.

Becky Goebel also won the draw prize for the Sapient snowboard, and Max Horner won the Atomic Punx skis.

The next King of the Rail event is Saturday, Jan. 10. The cost is $15 to take part, and registration gets underway at 5 p.m. at Whistler Kids. The rail jam is open to skiers and boarders of all ages, and runs from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Helmets are mandatory, and kids under the age of 18 need a waiver signed by a parent.

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