Students involved in the Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship (ICE) Project defined bringing the famed rail jam back to campus as a top priority after its cancelation in 2015-2016. It has been a prominent event for several years and continually attracts dozens of talented student-riders and hundreds of enthusiastic spectators despite frigid temperatures and busy homework schedules.
The event was held on Taylor lawn for the first time instead of its old location outside the University Center.
“Building the course on Taylor allows it to be bigger and better…this is the largest setup and selection of features yet,” said ICE student Aleesia Haverdink.
Crested Butte Mountain Resort generously donated several rails and the final setup materialized just a day before the big night thanks to the hard work of many ICE students and dedicated skiers and riders. This widespread community support is what many think makes the event so special.
“[The rail jam] gets everyone outside playing in the snow and celebrating skiing and snowboarding,” said head judge Jarrod Seavey. “It really just raises the whole vibe around campus.”
The overwhelming stoke provided by the crowd took the pressure off athletes trying to land on the podium and allowed them to channel their adrenaline into putting on a good show.
“We’re all here just to have a good time and ski our best,” said second place winner Canyon Mueller.
The ICE Project hopes to keep the rail jam as a prominent school and community event and is determined to continue making it even bigger and better in years to come.
Story and Photos by Peter Noon.