HRV athletes finish on top at first USASA Rail Jam

Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Resort, Windells and USASA have teamed up this winter to take the resort’s annual rail jam series to the next level. The 10-event series — run this year by Windells Academy, hosted by MHM and operated under the USASA umbrella — features snowboarding and freestyle skiing, rail jam, halfpipe, slopestyle and boardercross events weekly through March. Overall winners from each discipline in each age division qualify for nationals, held at the end of the season at Copper Mountain, Colo.

In addition, this year the overall winners of the first two rail jams (both skiing and snowboarding) will be invited to compete for the national championship rail title on the same course that the X-Games will use.

The first round of competition took place Saturday at Meadows’ Shipyard Park. The rail jam contest drew about 25 Hood River-area skiers and snowboarders, many of whom made their way to the top of the scoreboards.

The series continues Jan. 12 with a second rail jam. Entry is open to skiers and snowboarders of all ages.

For details, visit bit.ly/WHdJc0.

Hood River contestants

Skiing, open women

Kayla Schurton, 1st

Snowboarding, women 14 and over

Autumn Inouye, 2nd

Maddie Collins, 3rd

Snowboard, men 14 and over

Connor Goodwillie, 1st

Cooper Harrington, 2nd

Christian Brano, 10th

Skiing, women 14 and over

Kayla Van Hoose, 2nd

Hannah Hurley, 3rd

Erin Mayer, 4th

Hannah Bergemann, 5th

Savannah Boersma, 6th

Skiing, men 14 and over

Tucker Fitzsimons, 2nd

Eric Nance, 4th

Sean Lund, 5th

Levi Roeseler, 9th

Kevin Lund, 10th

Skiing, boys 10-13

Reece Carroll, 1st

Veta Boersma, 3rd

Kaden Sponhauer, 4th

Skiing, boys 9 and under

Wyatt Duce, 1st

Skiing, girls 10-13

Abby Bergemann, 1st

Snowboarding, boys 10-13

Sean Fitzimons, 1st

Evan Andrews, 2nd

Wyatt Foley, 3rd

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