By Jesse Wood
Dec. 31, 2014. Described as “the benchmark competition series in the region,” Appalachian Ski Mountain’s Shred for the Cup Series enters its ninth season on Sunday, Jan. 4, at noon with the Smith Optics/Dakine Rail Jam.
The other two events in the series are the GNU/Libtech Big Air, which is held on Sunday, Jan. 25, and Volcom/Electric Slopestyle, held on Sunday, Feb. 22. Pre-registration costs $20 to enter the rail jam and $50 to participate in all three events during the 2014-15 winter season. Free spectator tickets are also available.
Fortunately for the snow enthusiasts, the temperatures have dropped considerably from the record-breaking warm weather last weekend, so Appalachian Ski Mtn. has been able to make snow and will continue to layer the slopes as the weather permits leading up to Sunday.
The App Terrain Park crew has also been working on the setup, and organizers hope riders can expect “a fun variety of rails and boxes setup in Candied Appal,” which is one of the nine slopes at Appalachian Ski Mtn., according to marketing director Drew Stanley.
The three events test the skills of skiers and snowboarders in a variety of park disciplines. The features will cater to all skill levels, and the event features a category dedicated to women.
For those participating in all three events, points are given out each event and tallied throughout the series to see who wins the coveted series cups. Sponsors Smith Optics and Dakine will be on hand and will provide prizes for the winners of the day, and prizes for more than 20 categories are up for grabs.
Something new this year is that the resort has partnered with Mellow Mushroom to provide on-hill pizza for all of the competitors, and the Mellow Mushroom mascot, “Mel,” is expected to shred a little bit on the slopes.
For those that don’t plan on participating but would like to watch, free spectator tickets are available at same-day registration or at the main office. These tickets are required for slope access to watch the rail jam.
Registration is held at the Alpine Ski Shop in the lower level of the lodge, from 9 to 11 a.m on Sunday, Jan. 4. A warm-up session takes place from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., followed by a brief meeting for participants at 11:45 a.m. The event begins at noon.
Riders can save money by registering for the entire series, or by pre-registering before the day of the event.
Click here for more details, to purchase tickets and to download and print the registration and waiver forms.