CMC Rail Jam – The Snow Must Go On!
By Becky Thompson, CMC Student Contributor
While the bluebird skies of years past may have attracted more competitors and a larger crowd in comparison to the snowstorm that fell on Leadville this past Saturday afternoon, the dozen or so competitors wowed the judges and small crowd of spectators with their best rail slides, spins, flips, and handplants along with a handful of tumbles and graceful recoveries from unintentional ski binding releases.
On the female side of the competition, the competitor field was on the small side, but Quinn Bestwich and Melissa Ponce de Leon didn’t mind as they took top place in the ski and snowboard divisions respectively.
The competitor field on the men’s side was slightly larger. Ryan Vilman walked away with 1st place and Zach French with 2nd place in the men’s ski division. The men’s snowboard division was the largest group of the day. Coming in as 1st place was Troy Lambeth, 2nd was Alex Zipperer, and 3rd was Matt Davis, followed be a couple of other men’s snowboard competitors that were just shy of placing.
Thanks to CMC’s Ski Area Ops program’s Events Management class for putting together the event.
LRS Economic Impact Results Announced Next Tuesday
Leadville and Lake County’s reputation continues to grow when it comes to outdoor recreation and sporting events. It seems like each year, another race is added or the competitions that have been around for a while bring more and more racers into town.
While most would tout the benefits of those visitors when it comes to food and lodging, others have wondered what the concrete numbers look like when it comes to the long-term economic impact to the local community.
Well, one week from today, those questions and many more will be answered. On Tuesday April 2, the results from the Economic Impact Survey concerning the Leadville Race Series will be announced at an evening presentation that the public is encouraged to attend.
Colorado Mountain College (CMC) Timberline Campus CEO Mike Simon will present the results of a survey conducted by college in conjunction with the Leadville Legacy Foundation.
The event will be held at the Mining Museum Goodyear Auditorium (E. 10th St) from 5 – 7 p.m. Refreshment will be served and the public is welcome.