Mogul Mania pumps up the rail jam Saturday
In response to heavy demand, more metal will be infused into Vail’s Mogul Mania competition Saturday as Vail Mountain’s Cookshack Run plays host to the third event in the bump and rail series.
In turn, the Liberty Skis Rail Jam will feature a significantly larger cash purse for the top three winners in both the ski and snowboard divisions.
Competition at the pro/am bump series for skiers, boarders and telemarkers is at 11 a.m. Saturday with single-elimination moguls action on dual courses, while the Liberty Skis Rail Jam kicks off simultaneously adjacent to the bump course. The finals for the Rail Jam will take the place of the Air Show. The top-three winners in each of the ski and snowboard rail jam divisions will receive $250, $150 and $100 respectively.
In the second event, contested last Saturday, Vail’s Mike Friedberg reigned as King of the Bumps and earned the $1,000 first-place check in the Pro Men’s Division, while rail riders Ryan Spinks on skis and Ricky Rodriquez on snowboard won the Liberty Skis Rail Jam purse.
“Due to the overwhelming interest the Rail Jam has received this year, we decided to beef up our heavy metal format and likewise reward riders for their efforts,” said James Deighan of Highline Sports & Entertainment, the organizing company behind Mogul Mania. “The level of talent has been extremely high and we’re exited to see what these competitors will pull off next.”
In addition to the Pro competition, Mogul Mania also includes categories for all ages and abilities of skiers, boarders and telemarkers.
Along with all the on-hill festivities, a Coors Light post-event awards party, complete with giveaways, raffles, and awards for all divisions will take place at the George in Vail Village at 4 p.m.
The final Mogul Mania Series event is March 27.
Registration for Mogul Mania is currently under way with entries priced at $25 for amateur competitors and $50 for professionals and $20 for Rail Jam entries. Competitor lift tickets are $35 and are available for purchase race day only. Competitors can register in person at Ski Base in Lionshead. Registration for moguls ends at 5 p.m. today. Rail Jam registration will be available the day of the event at the rail.
The 2004 Mogul Mania series is presented by Toyota, Johns Manville, Carrera and Skiing Magazine and brought to you in part by Liberty Skis, Nature Valley Granola Bars, Fate, Peak Dentistry, Starbucks, Vail Mountain, Moe’s Original Barbeque, the Vail Daily, KVBA TV8 and KZYR the Zephyr.
For additional information on the 2004 Mogul Mania series, visit http://www.mogulmania.com. For more information on Highline Sports & Entertainment, contact (970) 476-6797 or check out http://www.gohighline.com.
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Jeff Shiffrin, with his wife, Eileen, made the Vail area their home decades ago, and together raised Mikaela and Taylor Shiffrin, who was a member of the two-time NCAA Champion University of Denver Ski Team.