Over 45 freeskiers and boarders competed in The Pro-X Ski and Snowboard Competition at the Sierra Center Mall in Old Mammoth last weekend. Pros battled for a purse of over $2,800 in cash plus prizes in the open event Friday, while amateurs took it to the rails on Saturday night.
The Pro-X course, an urban rail setup, was challenging due technical rail sections with real penalties set at night under bright lights.
“This boosts the level of interest and overall stoke for the event,” said event organizer Kim Chamberlin.
Riders agreed the course was legit.
“This course would shred you up if your trick didn’t go as planned,” said freeskier Jimmy Greenleaf “but this adds up the gnar points making it more exciting for the riders and spectators.
The challenging course consisted of several rails, including a shotgun rail over a gap with a 12 foot drop.
“It tested your control on skinny rails and precise tranny finds,” Greenleaf continued. “That course tested you to be on top of your game, and I saw skiers and snowboarders shred every inch of bar and tranny on that course.”
The massive mound of snow has now been modified into a more forgiving sled zone and rail garden for the remainder of the holiday season. Event sponsor, Mammoth Outdoor Sports, will provide free sledding to the community and visitors. Toboggans may be rented for $5. Several rails and boxes will remain for skiers and boarders wishing to session rail, also $5 per session. The snow zone will be open from 9 AM to 9 PM daily.
Athlete representation was high at the Pro-X. Riders threw inverts, hand drags, cabs and pretzels onto double overhead rails.
“Judging this event was hard, because so many riders did so well,” said head judge, Martin Kutch. Kyle Smaine, of South Lake Tahoe, won Men’s Freeski. Local rider, Brandon Davis, took Mens Board. Locals Abigale Hansen and Mariah Dugan claimed firsts in Women’s Freeski and Board respectively.
The Pro-X competition was just one event of the larger Old Mammoth Road Jam. OMRJ seeks to revitalize the heart of Old Mammoth, slow to recover from years of decline.
Phil Hertzog, Mammoth Outdoor Sports owner, hopes to reverse that trend with a series of community events. “We will follow the comp with the Local Athlete Film Festival and a screening of “Sunny.”
On Thursday, December 20, the Old Mammoth Rail Jam provide a venue for local skiers and boarders to screen their edits and loops on the big screen to the larger community. The event is free to the public and begins at seven.
The Local Athlete Film Festival continues on Friday with a marquee event, the World Tour 2012 screening of “Sunny.” The Level 1 Productions film features local freeskiers Parker White and Chris Logan.
“We are so stoked to screen Sunny,” says Chamberlin. “Level 1 Productions is easily the most exciting and progressive production houses in the world of snow sports.”
The Old Mammoth Road Jam will continue festivities throughout the holiday season. Visit www.oldmammothroadjam.com for more information.