Wed, Dec 14, 2011 10:19 AM
"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.