Words & photos: Steve Clark
With Halloween festivities underway and the ski season fast approaching, we find ourselves in the midst of rail jam season. Halloween also signals the annual Tricks & Treats Rail Jam hosted by Green Mountain College’s Resort & Hospitality Management Program on the access road in Killington, Vermont. The event has grown considerably over recent years and this year continued that trend.
Students of the Resort Management Program at Green Mountain College’s Killington Campus harvested snow from nearby ice rinks for nearly a month to throw together an excellent setup that had kids stoked to ride.
The Town of Killington also chipped in by lighting off a massive bonfire to appease Ullr, the Norse God of Snow, helping usher in the 2010-2011 ski season here in Killington.
With the fire out of the way, it was time to get the rail jam going. Throughout the night there was no shortage of tricks and a few treats as stoked kids sessioned the setup for the better part of three hours. The riders that impressed the judges the most walked away with prize packages put together by sponsors as music pumped all night long.
Special thanks go out to Darkside Snowboards, Evolution Freeride, Killington Resort, Smith Optics, Emtee Clothing and the Mountain Times for helping to make this event such a success.