Edinburgh Invitational Rail Jam

14 Dec

The Snowsport Scotland Invitational – SNO!zone Rail Jam on Friday 10 December has been declared an outstanding success. This was a completely new event, organised by ski-scotland partners Snowsport Scotland and SNO!zone, Scotland’s only real-snow, year-round snowsports centre. It was also the first time that a major winter snowsports competition had been held in Edinburgh city centre. The event, held at the Ross Arena in West Prices Street Gardens, attracted Scotland’s elite freestyle snow athletes on both skis and snowboards who battled it out for a combined prize fund of £1,000 in front of hundreds of spectators.

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[Photos  property of Demotix – where you can find more photos and further reports of the event]

“Our event was an enormous success on Friday evening,” said David Rutledge of Snowsport Scotland. “We are grateful to our partners, particularly SNO!zone  whose shaping crew produced a world-class competitive freestyle set-up. We’d also like to thank all the riders and also the volunteers who made this event possible by shovelling snow to build the set-up, set up the lights and sound system and made countless bacon rolls!”

The set-up provided for competitors comprised a down street rail, a launch log to 10ft gap and a rainbow box to suicide drop, all on natural snow. The atmosphere was absolutely electric, with spectators watching the event from Princes Street and the Gardens themselves. The MC kept everyone up-to-date with the tricks, thrills and spills as the action unfolded. Prizes of £300 (first), £150 (second) and £50 (third) were awarded as follows:
Skiing: 1 Chris McCormick, 2 Harris Booth, 3 Cameron Nicol

Board: 1 Stuart Horsham, 2 Danny McCormick, 3 Ed Grieg.
Special Oakley prize packs were also awarded to the “stand out” girls: Anna Vincent (ski), Helen Fox (board) and Sophie Addison (board).

“We hope that these prizes will go some way to help support these young freestyle stars of the future,” added David. “We are already planning an even bigger and better event for next year to thrill Edinburgh’s skiers, boarders and Christmas shoppers. We’re also hoping that some of this year’s spectators will be encouraged to try snowsports for themselves – although it’s now thawing in the Central Belt and by the sea, there’s still great snow at SNO!zone and at Scotland’s mountain ski areas, with four of the five of them open this weekend.”

Here’s a wee first edit too by Neil Walker.

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