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Scene: Campus Rail Jam @ the Hill in Boulder

Skiers and snowboarders showed up on the man-made slopes of Cricket's Campus Rail Jam yesterday in Boulder. Photo by Nathan Rist.

Skiers and snowboarders showed up on the man-made slopes of Cricket's Campus Rail Jam yesterday in Boulder. Photo by Nathan Rist.

A large crowd of mostly CU-Boulder students show up to witness the skier and ‘boarder acrobatics at Cricket’s Campus Rail Jam tour on Boulder’s Hill (roughly 13th and College Streets) yesterday. The crowd was ready for two things: watching classmates do tricks on the small mountain of trucked-in snow, and getting free stuff — though the focus was definitely on the contest.

View a full photo gallery of this concert here.

I felt like I had to take my life into my own hands photographing the skiers, though. Snowboarders remain in one piece if/when they fall, whereas skiers are made up of 5 different projectiles (the skier, two skis and two poles with their sharp points). With the skiers, it also seemed as if landing was not really one of their goals, but rather a bonus. Granted, there was plenty of falling among snowboarders and skiers alike, but the skiers seemed to have the whole “crashing into each other” part locked down. (This might be some of my own snowboarder driven ego coming through.) – Nathan Rist

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Nathan Rist is a freelance photographer and a regular Reverb contributor. He hails from the mountains of Telluride, but he’s currently studying at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

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  • Ben

    Wow, it seems like this guy Nathan Rist knows nothing about skiing or snowboarding. This was poorly written and I am a little dissapointed. Where are the details on things like results, tricks, competitors, prizes, etc? I didn't even go to the event, but I feel like I know more about what happened than the author! Also, the comments regarding the skier competitors are bogus……such as: “With the skiers, it also seemed as if landing was not really one of their goals, but rather a bonus”.

  • nathanrist

    It's clear that you didn't go to the event and do not know more than I do. I don't have the results because after standing around in the cold for 3 hours I didn't feel like sticking around for them to make up some numbers. Furthermore, Reverb is not about competition standings but instead about the scene. If you want the results check the Daily Camera or find them some other way. The scene, in this case, was a lot of people watching skiers and snowboarders slide down rails.If you had been at the competition then you would have seen how few skiers actually landed anything. I've been snowboarding for 13 years and skiing before that since I was two years old. Next time you want to suggest that I know nothing about the sport read what it says about me, especially “He hails from the mountains of Telluride.”This was a local college competition with mostly amateur athletes that did little more than rail slides and nose and tail presses. I could have gone into how underwhelmed I was by the skill level I saw but instead focused on the fact that I felt like I could have been killed by one of the skiers falling at the bottom. (To reiterate: yes, landing was seen as a bonus. This was not only my though but the opinion was shared by a half-dozen people I also spoke to.)

  • catfight mcgee

    Reeer!! Hiss!!!*claws bared*Reeeer!!!!

  • nathanrist

    He started it.

  • catfight mcgee

    Reeer!! Hiss!!!*claws bared*Reeeer!!!!

  • nathanrist

    He started it.