KILLINGTON, VT – On Saturday at Killington Resort, the largest ski and snowboard destination in Eastern North America, the East Coast’s largest and most lucrative rail jam Rails 2 Riches dished out over $25,000 in prize money to skiers and snowboarders. Prior to the event, competitors could be seen getting loose and practicing their best tricks in the Mouse Run terrain park.
One hundred competitors, comprised of the best professional and amateur skiers and snowboarders from North America, congregated behind the K-1 Base Lodge to throw their gnarliest tricks on a custom terrain park built by the Killington Parks crew.
The one-of-a-kind course was comprised of opposing close-out rails—one adjoined with a round down-flat-down rail and the other with a flat-down rail—separated by a channel that gave skiers and snowboarders endless options for approach, take-off, transitions and transfers. Vocal spectators lined the course and posted photos, videos and commentary on social media with the hashtag #Rails2Riches throughout the day.
“The talent ran deep at this year’s Rails 2 Riches, and the event showcased athletes from across the US and many representing our friends to the north,” says Jeff Alexander, Events and Sponsorships Manager at Killington. “Rails 2 Riches is the East Coast’s biggest and baddest rail jam and just another reason why Killington is the Beast of the East and home to some of the premier skiers and snowboarders on the East Coast!”
Contestants traveled from as far as California, Utah and Canada for their chance to take home a piece of the prize money and bragging rights for a year.
The $25,000 cash purse was the largest in the event’s history and was split among First, Second and Third Place finishers in the following categories: skier men, snowboarder men, skier women, and snowboarder women. Full results are below:
• Skier Men
1. Khai Krepela; Kingston, MA – First Place $5,000
2. Dominic Laporte; Saint-Sauveur, QC – Second Place $2,250
3. LJ Strenio; Park City, UT – Third Place $1,000
• Snowboarder Men
1. Riley Nickerson; Kings Beach, CA – First Place $5,000
2. Jeremy Cloutier; Blainville, QC – Second Place $2,250
3. Tim Major; Pittsfield, VT – Third Place $1,000
• Skier Women
1. Jackie Kling; Lake Harmony, PA – First Place $1,500
2. Marie Donaldson; Verdun, QC – Second Place $1,000
3. Miranda Holson; Woodstock, VT – Third Place $500
• Snowboarder Women
1. Nora Healey; Holderness, NH – First Place $1,500
2. Lily Calabrese; Proctorsville, VT – Second Place $1,000
3. Bekah Ashley; Wilmington, NY – Third Place $500
Judges, who included professional skier Sean Jordan, awarded ten of the biggest tricks during the finals with $100 bills and an automatic entry into the “Last Dash for Cash” and a shot at even more prize money. Winners are as follows:
• Steven Normandin; Sherbrooke, QC – Skier Men $500
• Tim Major; Pittsfield, VT – Snowboard Men $500
• Miranda Holson; Woodstock, VT – Skier Women $200
• Emma Graham; West Dover, VT – Snowboard Women $200
Rails 2 Riches 2013 at Killington Resort was presented with support from sponsors Bern Unlimited, Monster Energy, Oakley and Under Armour.
Visit www.killington.com for photo galleries and a video recap of the event.
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About Killington Resort
Killington Resort is a four season destination that sits on 3,000 acres in the heart of the Green Mountains in Central Vermont. The Resort boasts nearly 90 miles of diverse snow sports terrain spread out over seven peaks including Pico Mountain and offers the most expansive lift network and snowmaking system in the East. After the snow melts, Killington features an 18-hole championship golf course as well as 45 miles of mountain biking trails and 15 miles of hiking trails. In addition, the numerous après, dining, and lodging options have made Killington a world-class destination for East Coast skiers and riders for 55 years. Visit Killington.com for more information