Boreal brings out early jibbers
By Sylas Wright
For the third time in as many years, Boreal Mountain Resort is one-upping its competition to host the area’s first ski and snowboard contest of the season.
It’s not a tight race, as the Jibassic Pro Rail Invitational not only gets a jump on any event of its kind in the Tahoe region, it also beats to the punch Old Man Winter himself. (Forget about his recent teaser visits.)
“I think it’s sweet,” Jake Devine, a Truckee snowboarder and third-year participant, said of the annual fall jib contest. “It’s a good way to kick off the season.”
The 23-year-old Devine, who won the contest two years ago, is one of 15 invited snowboarders and 15 skiers from throughout the West. He said rust from the summer layoff is of no concern.
“I’m ready to go,” said Devine, who had a broken foot last year that limited his runs on the 30-step staircase. “I’ve been skating a lot, so it’s kind of the same thing.”
The set-up will remain much the same as last year’s, said Eric Rosenwald, Boreal’s terrain park manager and mastermind behind the creation of the features.
Built in front of the main lodge, the 30-step staircase will boast six rail and box options.
One key difference is a school bus that will be placed at the bottom for riders to jib, as well as a public jib arena with a mini stall wall and six to 10 rail-box features, Rosenwald said.
Boreal also abandoned last year’s amateur qualifying division.
“Competitors found it difficult to get in as many runs as they wanted due to the amount of people we had last year,” Rosenwald said. “Rail jams require each rider to unstrap, run to the top and strap in again before each run. Having too many people just clogs the flow. This is my way keeping the event flowing.”
And with 9 inches of snow from Tuesday night’s storm, Boreal canceled its order for 3,000 cubic feet of the white stuff.
“I’m still deciding what to do with all this new snow,” said Rosenwald, who didn’t have such a luxury in the past.
Movie time is again on tap to entertain the throngs of people expected pour into the base area of Boreal. Movies start at 7 p.m. with ski film producer Eric Iberg and film stars Andy Mahre and Pep Fujas scheduled to introduce their new film, “Idea.” Blank Paper Studios’ latest film, “In Short,” will play immediately afterward.
DJ Silver Boom Box Thief will spin live music during the competition and after-party, which includes food and beverages.
Jibassic Pro Rail Invitational is free for all ages.
Gates open at 2 p.m. The public jib arena opens at 3 p.m and the main event kicks off at 8:15 p.m.
“This event is what Boreal is all about. We’re not about fuzzy boots and foo-foo villages,” Rosenwald said. “We’re about making the most creative, challenging and fun terrain parks we can.
“There are going to be a ton of young people coming, and that’s what is really exciting.”