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Like, a totally radical afternoon

January 22, 2009|By CRYSTAL SCHELLE

MERCERSBURG, Pa. - Officials at Whitetail Resort promise that the snow is gnarly, like, for sure.

Whitetail Resort is hosting the Totally Radical '80s Jam on Saturday, Jan. 24, sponsored by Frederick, Md.-based Pitcrew.

Participants can register from 7:30 to 9:45 a.m. at Marketplace; or from 10 to 10:45 a.m. on site at Jib Junction, Whitetail's advanced park. Competition kicks off at 11 a.m. Entry fee is $10 per person.

Matt See, Whitetail marketing coordinator, said jams are a regular event at the resort and are held every weekend throughout the season. Jams, See explained, give snowboarders and skiers of all levels a chance to ride rails, show some tricks and enjoy the snow. He said the event is similar to what's seen in the X-Games.

Although jams include jumps, there are no inverted moves allowed, See said. All competitors must wear a helmet and have a valid lift ticket.

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He said those competing range in age from 4 to 60 years old. Skills cover a wide range as well - from those who can shred (tear it up), to those who biff (wipe out).

Groms (young snowboarders) have their run for 30 minutes, followed by an hour for older or more experienced competitors. Contestants have a chance to do as many runs as they can during the allotted time. See said contestants will be judged on their runs for technicality, originality and overall completion of the trick. Prizes for first, second and third place will be awarded for both groms and experienced athletes. Prizes will also be awarded for best '80s costume.

As for the snow, See said there's some nice powder.

"We're at 100 percent open, even the half pipe," he said. "We haven't been 100 percent in two years."

See said a lot of tricks will be seen at the jam including the 540 and board slides.

"There's going to be a lot of neat things," he said.




If you go ...



WHAT: Totally Radical '80s Jam

WHEN: Saturday, Jan. 24. Registration is from 7:30 to 9:45 a.m. at Marketplace, moving to the snow from 10 to 10:45 a.m. Competition starts at 11 a.m. in Jib Junction.

WHERE: Whitetail Resort, 13802 Blairs Valley Road, Mercersburg, Pa.

COST: $10 entry fee

MORE: Call Whitetail Resort at 717-328-9400 or go to www.skiwhitetail.com/park.htm

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