Japanese skiers and riders dominate rail jam 


There was a solid turnout for a very cold and windy Telus Park Rider Sessions rail jam on Sunday, Dec. 13, with temperatures hovering around minus 14 degrees Celsius before wind chill.

Riders kept warm by hiking the rails and boxes over and over during the open jam session while judges Brad Broughton and Chase Conway manned the microphone and entered scores for runs they were impressed with.

The toughest category was Male Snowboard 17 and over, where Japanese rider Ryoki Ogama impressed with his smooth and stylish runs and generally made it all look very easy.

Dale Bailey was second in the category with Raphael Sutern placing third.

Ralph Cravalho won Snowboard Open 14 to 16, while Sam Walser, Kai Vjejski and John Mitchell were first, second and third respectively in Snowboard Boys 13 and Under. Natsuki Sato was tops in Female Snowboard 17 and Over, with Natalie Good close behind.

Yu Sasaki was the top grinder in Male Ski 17 and Over, while Brian Choi, Brenden Kelly and Alexander Geddes made up the top three in Ski Male 14 to 16. The 13 and Under group went to Braedon Wheeler, followed by Mitchell Wilson and Taylor Wilson.

The next event on the calendar is a slopestyle on Sunday, Dec. 27, taking place on Blackcomb Mountain.

Pre-registration is available for $26 at Whistler Blackcomb Guest Relations desks and day-of-contest registration is available until 9:45 a.m. in the Rendezvous Lodge. Minors need a waiver signed by a parent or guardian, and helmets are mandatory for all participants


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