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.
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.