Lift Line: Freestyle Events at Sun Valley Resort

Photo courtesy of Tal Roberts.

Tom Wallisch Fantasy Rail Jam goes off and the Sun Valley Freestyle Spectacular is coming up!

By Katie Matteson

With all the excitement about weather forecasts for the upcoming “snopacalypse” and a possible “snownami” (which are happily hitting us this week) it’s easy to forget about all the fun bluebird day happenings on the mountain in Sun Valley. Cool events like last weekend’s Tom Wallisch Fantasy Rail Jam and next weekend’s Sun Valley Freestyle Spectacular are just a few from the long list of the cool things that happen around here, powder day or not.

Tom Wallisch Fantasy Rail Jam: Saturday, January 14th, 2012

SCOTT USA and Sun Valleyhosted their first rail jam of the season last weekend on a packed new feature in Dollar’s epic Terrain Park. The event started weeks before when SCOTT invited terrain park enthusiasts to design their very own fantasy feature. It was 24 year-old Patrick Sullivan of Gunnison, Colorado, who designed the winning feature with an eight-foot ditch pipe with rails on the top and bottom, which the Sun Valley Terrain Park crew brought to life to look almost exactly like Sullivan’s sketch. Judged by the man, Tom Wallisch himself, the Rail Jam kicked off Saturday morning with over 40 competitors. After signing autographs for the little grommets and hitting the features a few times himself, Wallisch sat back to watch the eager skiers show off. Under a bluebird sky and in front of a crowd of revelers who hiked up Dollar to check out the action, the Rail Jam went off without a hitch, each jibber impressing Tom Wallisch and his crew. Photographer Tal Roberts was on hand to check out all the action and the sweep of the junior category by Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation freestyle skiers, Hunter Diehl, Luke Rizzo and Alvaro Jiraldo. You can see the rest of his shots here.

 Next Up…

The Sun Valley Freestyle Spectacular: January 27th-30th

One of the biggest freestyle competitions in the region, Sun Valley Resort and the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation is hosting the Sun Valley Freestyle Spectacular again this year! The event takes place January 27th-30th and is the best way to check out Dollar Mountain’s now famous terrain parks! The event kicks off on Thursday with the Halfpipe competition on Dollar’s brand new Halfpipe and continues Friday with the Slopestyle Comp. Saturday and Sunday will feature mogul and double mogul competitions. It is a weekend not to be missed!