ATTENTION JIBBERS:

2 RAIL CONTESTS have just been announced as part of the TELUS World Ski & Snowboard Festival; the JIBZONE (April 18) and the McDonald’s Rail Session (April 23).

Both events are invitational…read below on how to request an invitation and for contest details…

#1 – RIPZONE JIBZONE – April 18:

The JIBZONE is back by popular demand, as part of the Ripzone Snowboard Invitational! 15 men and 5 women will compete in a one-hour jib contest in front of the après crowds at the base of Whistler Mountain on the afternoon of Sunday, April 18. This year the Jibzone will take on a local spin…Of the total 15 men and 5 women invited – 8 men and 3 women must be Whistler “locals”.

Local snowboarders will vote for who they think should compete on behalf of Whistler locals in the competition. Riders must have a Whistler, Squamish or Pemberton address to be considered local, and only riders from the same towns can vote.

The remaining 7 male spots and 2 female spots will be assigned by the Festival Rail Team and must go to riders residing outside of the Sea to Sky Corridor.

TO REQUEST AN INVITATION OR NOMINATE A RIDER:

Send an email to our Athlete Manager, Lindsay O’Brien: lindsay@w1.ca

IMPORTANT NOTE: Your email MUST include the following information for each rider:

*Rider Name
*Gender
*Birthdate
*Address
*Cell #
*Email
*Sponsors
*Recent Rail contest results

Please make sure that the subject of your email is “JIBZONE”.

DEADLINE for requesting an invitation / nominating a rider is COMING UP FAST – Monday, MARCH 29!!

“Local” Voting Process:

Names of local Whistler riders wanting to compete go onto a list that will be posted HERE on Monday, March 29 – the list will also be circulated by email. All local riders (who have requested an invitation) will vote for the top 8 men and 3 women (in order of preference / merit) that they think should compete on behalf of Whistler locals. 8 local men, 3 local women will be voted into the event.

Deadline for voting is: FRIDAY, APRIL 2 at 3pm PST

If we do not receive your votes by this time, your votes will not be included in the results.

TO VOTE, simply send an email to our Athlete Manager, Lindsay O’Brien: lindsay@w1.ca between Monday, March 29 and Friday, April 2 at 3pm. The email should include your name, address, cell and the list of riders that you are voting for in order 1 – 8 (1st being your first choice, etc). You are allowed to include yourself in your rankings, but try to be fair about your placement.

Voting riders must be Whistler “locals” and have a Whistler, Squamish or Pemberton address.

Only snowboarders also requesting an invitation are permitted to vote. You can only vote once.

Top 8 local men, and top 3 local women with the most peer votes will receive invitations to compete in the JIBZONE competition.

Festival Rail Team will invite the 7 “away” men and 2 “away” women.

Festival Rail Team consists of: Roberta Rodger, Kevin Sansalone, Jeff Keetley, TJ Schneider, 2 other members are being confirmed. Details on the JIBZONE course design and competition formats will be announced next week, following a meeting with the Festival Rail Team. Stay tuned…

#2 – McDONALD’S RAIL SESSION – April 23:

Under night skies and stadium lights, the coolest rail event ever to hit Whistler Village will cover the bricks in Skier’s Plaza, April 23. The McDonald’s® Rail Session invites an elite group of 10 snowboarders and 10 skiers to slide, grind and jib their way to $10,000 on national television and before what’s expected to be the largest crowd ever to witness a rail session.

Stepping away from the mountain and into an urban setting, the McDonald’s® Rail Session will be a high-intensity, high-stakes jam format rail contest, with elimination rounds to narrow it down to an exciting head-to-head Super Final. The action starts at 9pm.

TO REQUEST AN INVITATIONN:

Send an email to our Athlete Manager, Lindsay O’Brien: lindsay@w1.ca

IMPORTANT NOTE: Your email MUST include the following information:

*Athlete Name
*Specify if you are a skier or a snowboarder
*Gender
*Birthdate
*Address
*Cell #
*Email
*Sponsors
*Recent Rail Contest Results

Please make sure that the subject of your email is “McDONALD’S RAIL SESSION”

DEADLINE for requesting an invitation is – Wednesday, MARCH 31!!

Invitations will be awarded by the Festival Rail Team, made up of snowboarders and skiers, specializing in rails. The Invitation List will be posted HERE on Monday, April 5. Invited skiers and snowboarders will be notified by email and/or phone.

Details on the $10,000 prize money breakdown and confirmed competition formats will also be announced next week.

If you would like to request an invitation to BOTH Rail Contests – send one email and make sure that you tell me that you are interested in both contests.

For more information on the 9th annual TELUS World Ski & Snowboard Festival events, visit: www.whistler2004.com

If you have any questions, please email me: lindsay@w1.ca