USASA South Tahoe Series opens season with Rail Jam at Sierra-at-Tahoe |

USASA South Tahoe Series opens season with Rail Jam at Sierra-at-Tahoe

Anthony Gentile
Forty-seven skiers and snowboarders competed in the USASA South Tahoe Series Rail Jam 1 on Friday, Dec. 18, at Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort.
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TWIN BRIDGES, Calif. — The USASA South Tahoe Series hit the hill for its first event of the 2015-16 season Friday, Dec. 18. Forty-seven skiers and boarders competed in Rail Jam 1 under the lights at Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort.

Andrew “Shaggy” Eells took home the top prize from the rail jam, winning the open skier men’s division with a score of 1020. The Placerville, California, native gapped down the flat section of the park’s biggest feature en route to victory.

Twenty-seven South Shore products competed at the event, highlighted by Max Mueller winning the skier men’s 14 and over division with a score of 1070. Piper Arnola (skier girls’ 10-13 division), Anthony Picinonno (snowboard boys’ 10-13), Veda Hallen (snowboard girls’ 10-13) and Luke Leal (snowboard boys’ 9 and under) also delivered first-place performances.

The youngest competitor was 6-year-old snowboarder Colton Bryan of South Lake Tahoe, who finished sixth in the boys’ 9 and under division. Fellow snowboarder Dick Schulze of Truckee, 69, was the oldest.

The season-opening rail jam was the first of 20 scheduled events held at Sierra-at-Tahoe and Heavenly Mountain Resort — the next is Slopestyle 1 at Sierra-at-Tahoe on Jan. 3. For more information on the series and a schedule, visit

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