Liam worked it hard for his free Head.
Another victim of SAD... won't new Head boots cheer you up?Sean MacLean pokes his nose into the clouds.No, Schmuck doesn't EVER shut up.Switch zero 50-50, OMG! When everyone got too soaked to keep going, we gave away Orage outerwear and softgoods to the top 3, Head skis and Tyrolia bindings to the winners of the 19-25 and 14-18 categories, and Head Mojo boots/free “pimp your boots” works package (courtesy of SnowCovers) to the winner of the rider-judged Best Trick/popularity contest. Once the formalities were over and done with, and everyone was truly soaked, we all went up to the Rock Chute for a well deserved beverage of choice in dry conditions, and to check out the Rock Chute’s hot bartender. And to end the day on a high note, SnowCovers announced that the $10 entry fee collected from each rider would be sent to Stand Strong Again as a little donation to a very worthy cause.Winners:Best Trick: Tom McKay. Tom slayed all stock spins on/off within the first 10 minutes of the jam, and then forgot he was on skis when he started nollieing onto, pressing, and danishing out of the urban-style down rail. Nollie back-tail two-sev out anyone?Pete Hunter once again won the 19-25 age category. Consistency, spins on, spins off, and that neon green XL Oakley 1 piece helped his cause.14-18 was hard to judge, but in the end Liam ended up winning it all, thanks in part to style, and in part, again, to consistency. Solid riding by everyone in the category made it hard for him too.Dean was the only guy in the 13-under category, but he found a way to compete against himself and deserved his first place prize.On the girl’s side of things, Erica Hunter (yes, Pete’s sister) disastered the flat down, slid everything she could find, and that was enough to win the girls side of things. Her only competition, Danielle the snowboard instructor on rental skis, couldn’t keep up and had to settle for second.Some shoutouts:- Everyone at SnowCovers, particularly Brad, Jackie, Christine, Kim, Jim, Jay, and Fabien, for working hard for weeks prior to the event, helping set it up, donating a significant portion of the prizes, and not complaining about rain too much.- Susan Brandson @ Orage, for the wonderful and very much appreciated outerwear, fleeces, and assorted softgoods prizing.- Andy Martin @ Head-Tyrolia, for being BC’s rep of the year, and hooking up winners with Madtrix Mojo skis, as well as matching Tyrolia bindings, some soft goods, and I (heart) Head skate decks. Big ups!- Mount Seymour’s amazing staff, especially Andy Boniface, Matt and his terrain park crew, and Chris from Guest Relations, for helping us out before/during/after the event, and putting together a spectacular, urban-influenced course for the rain to ruin. And the cute Rock Chute bartender, and not telling me that the Becks I ordered was a non-alcoholic beer until AFTER I tipped her far too much money.- Salomon, for the Adrenaline Hunters DVDs and XL size T-Shirts.- Schmuck, for brightening up the day with his MC skills and amusing anecdotes. When you’re done with skiing, there’s a career in broadcasting out there for you buddy!- John Burke, for being John Burke.- Craig MacLean, Brad @ SnowCovers, and Ema Saku for taking wonderful shots despite the sub-par, rainy conditions, and loving every second of it.- Mother Nature for pissing all over us. Thanks bitch!- The crew of North Shore/Lower Mainland skiers who made it up for Rail Wars, whether it be to ski, help out, or sit around and drink. You guys are why we do this stuff.- B N B. If you don’t know, now you know.