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Boreal hosts season’s first competition

By Jeremy Evans

Tribune staff writer

Last weekend, the area’s first ski film premier of the season was held at Squaw Valley where Matchstick Productions introduced its film “PUSH.” This weekend, Tahoe’s first on-snow competition of the season – and the first snowboard film premier – takes place at Boreal Mountain Resort.

The second annual Jibassic Pro Rail Invitational is scheduled for Saturday at the Donner Summit resort. Kicking off the festivities will be Standard Films’ most recent flick “Draw the Line” at 7 p.m. The rail jam, which is expected to feature Truckee pro snowboarder Robbie Sell, will be held immediately after the film.

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Last year, more than 2,000 spectators watched snowboarders Jake Devine and Destinee Perata, as well as skiers Max Peters and Grete Eliassen, split the lion’s share of a $7,000 prize purse at the inaugural Jibassic Pro Rail Invitational.

“With last year’s contest featuring 50 competitors and 3,000 spectators, we hope the second time around will be even bigger and better,” said Boreal Mountain Resort Terrain Park Director Eric Rosenwald. “Hosting the first contest of the season in the Tahoe area is a great way to get people excited about winter.”

Machine-made snow will allow top pro and amateur riders to compete on a custom built 30-step staircase consisting of four fun boxes (two flat, one flat-down and one down-flat-down). Before the 2005-06 season, Boreal invested more than $700,000 into turning the resort into an all-mountain park. It was the largest terrain park investment in Northern California history.

Both the film premier and the rail jam are free to attend.

Jibassic Pro Rail Invitational

Where: Boreal Mountain Resort

When: Saturday, 7 p.m.

Cost: Free

Pro Rider List: Men – Kurtis Woodman, Jake Devine, Zach Shellhammer, Brett Butcher, Eric Messier, Jonas Michilot, Ben Bogart, Casey Neefus, Robbie Sell, Eli Weiner, Chris Bielmeir, Tim Eddy, Steven Duke; Women – Destinee Perata, Chanelle Sladics, Beverly Vuilleumier, Joanna Dzierzawski, Laurie Currier.

Note: Rider list provided by Boreal Mountain Resort.


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