Jordan Webber (left) and Skyler Hatt took the top two spots in the Under 15 snowboard category at the Kinky Rail Jam.

Jordan Webber (left) and Skyler Hatt took the top two spots in the Under 15 snowboard category at the Kinky Rail Jam.

Youth hit slopes for Kinky Rail Jam

Riders of all ages headed to Fernie Alpine Resort last Saturday for the Kinky Rail Jam.

Riders of all ages headed to Fernie Alpine Resort last Saturday for the Kinky Rail Jam.

Categories were split between skiers and snowboarders under and over the age of 15 with the youngest competitor in the competition being only eight years old.

Organizer Jeni Pearson said that the jam format of the competition helped cater to a younger demographic of riders.

“It’s a jam session format so competitors can do as many runs as they want to so if they fall on one run, it doesn’t mean that’s the end of the competition for them,” explained Pearson. “It’s a really great format to have, especially because this is the first competition for a lot of kids, so it takes the pressure off them.”

The 36 riders did various stunts at the rail park and were judged on their style, technique, landing and creativity, according to Pearson.

The female winners for the day in the Under 15 category were skiers Isabelle Benitez, Isabelle Gulyas and Andorra Wright. Leah Heavy was the sole female snowboarder in the competition.

In the male Under 15 category, the podium was occupied by skiers Alex Urquhart, Graham Bradish and Blake Plummer as well as snowboarders Skyler Hatt and Jordan Webber. Brody McSkimming, Zak Mosseau and Calvin Lovenuik as well as Alex Thomas, John Graham and Shane Yargean took the top spots in the Over 16 skiing and snowboarding category.