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Grand Targhee Freeride Event #1: Rail Jam
Come test your skills during the 2016 Grand Targhee Freeride Series featuring Rail Jam, Slopestyle, and Big Air. Compete in three top-notch events held at the terrain park and see how you measure up against the region’s best! Mark your calendars for:
- Rail Jam, January 16
- Slopestyle, February 28
- Big Air, March 26
The series will showcase skiers and snowboarders park skills based on USASA judging criteria. Each event will be broken down by class: beginner, intermediate, and advanced.
Registration: $20, includes raffle ticket to be entered to win grand prizes. Portion of proceeds goes to Teton Valley Ski Education Foundation. Registration takes place for each event from 8:30am to 10:00am in the plaza.
Practice Laps: 10:00am – 11:00am
Competitors Meeting: 11:00am – 11:30am
Competition Begins: 12:00pm
Jam Format and Scoring
The Jam System format allows for multiple competitors on the course at any given time. Competitors are given a set amount of competition time, instead of a predetermined number of runs, to take as many runs as possible. The Starter will control the order in which competitors start. Either the competitors start according to bib order for the first run only, or the competitors start in no particular order. Thereafter, the starting order is on a first-come, first-serve basis. It is important to have an official Starter who is in good communication with the Judges. Competition runs may either be a best run format or an overall impression format, in order to determine rankings.
Range Judges will use a 100 point scoring system. There are 100 points which can be used to spread the field of competitors. It is important that the range is used well. With a tight range it is hard to spread the field and there will be many ties. The range should correspond with the competition level and be on par with the other judges. The best runs should be between 90-100 points and the average runs between 40-60 Points. The worst runs should receive a score between 0-10 points. Do not change the range during any competition heat. At any event, it is difficult when many riders stay in a low range and there are in just a few top riders. The average level may be very low. The technical level should not be set too high for an average run. Often it is enough when the competitors know the base techniques and get a little amplitude.
Overall Impression Judging