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The Beast speaks 12.15

"Wow, those kids know how to throw some gnarly tricks!" exclaimed The Beast after watching the Rails 2 Riches jam this past Saturday. It was the 6th consecutive year that Killington has hosted the Rails 2 Riches competition, and it was bigger and better than ever, according to The Beast. This year boasted an increased cash purse of $20,000! In addition to first, second and third place prizes for men and women, skiers and riders, competitors who threw the best tricks also earn cash rewards of $100-$500.

The event attracted about 100 elite competitors from all over the country. Those leaving with cash prizes included folks from Utah, Colorado, California, Quebec, Vermont, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, New York and Rhode Island.

"It was a perfect bluebird day, but the real fun began when the sun when down," said The Beast. "The top qualifiers competed under the lights on Lower Highline and there was a bonfire with music. Everyone was out there having fun, it was quite the scene!"

Now The Beast is really excited to get back in the park. The K-Town Showdown is this weekend and The Beast has entered the three event series, which includes two rail jams and a slopestyle. The K-Town Showdown is open to both skiers and riders of all ages, with a Grom division for competitors age 14 and under. The Beast will have to choose whether to pick up the board or the planks for this weekend's competition on Mouse Run Terrain Park.

After The Beast's early season start competing in the park, The Beast is ready for some professional tips. The Beast is always looking for ways to improve. Luckily, Killington is holding Monster Freeride Sessions throughout the season with elite local riders Ian Compton and Yale Cousino. The first session starts Dec 27-28. The Beast likes to charge the park, explore The Stash, and dial in as many tricks as possible when coached by these skilled riders. Spending every day on the slopes, trained by elite professionals, is not a bad life for This Beast.

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