PARK CITY, Utah (Dec. 21) – The Yahoo! Big Air and Style Jib Jam wrapped up the Chevy Truck U.S. Snowboard Grand Prix from the Park City Mountain Resort Saturday with a rider judged rail exhibition. Top honors went to local Park City All Star Chris Engelsman, who spun a switch 270 to boardslide down the ledge of the Yahoo! 50-foot staircase. The trick was one of three solid moves to accumulate 37 points from his peers and the $5000 pay off.
As the only three women to compete, Jessica Dalpiaz, Hana Beaman and Jaime MacCleod shared the crown and took home $700 each. Finishing second for the men was Seth Hout with 30 points followed by Chris Coulter with 21 points.
“The Yahoo! event was really fun because it was an original set-up,” said Engelsman. “As an invitation only event all the guys who were competing today are the top guys in the country, these are all the guys that the kids are checking out in the magazines so it’s fun to be a part of it.”
A relaxed competition, the Yahoo! Big Air and Style Jib Jam was run with three 15 minute sessions where riders could pack in as many tricks as possible with the top trick from each heat being scored. Both the men and women competed together mixing up moves on the two ledges separated by a double kinked rail down 50 feet of stairs.
“It’s really cool to be a part of such a friendly competition,” said Beaman, who wrapped up the competition sliding the rail next both Dalpiaz and MacCleod. “We are all really happy to ride together and it doesn’t hurt that we get to take home a little money at the same time.”
In the past few years, Park City Mountain Resort has made a commitment to creating a top-notch snowboard park and the Yahoo! Big Air and Style exhibition placed a quality stamp on that commitment. Park City All Star team member Jeremy Jones added, “Park City started listening to what the riders want and this is the result. Today was great with the Yahoo! exhibition because the feature was designed by the riders, so it only seems fitting that the riders should judge it as well.”
The Yahoo! Big Air and Style Jib Jam exhibition will air Wednesday January 20 at 3:00 p.m. EST on ESPN.
Yahoo! Big Air and Style Jib Jam
Park City, Utah – Dec. 21
1. Chris Engelsman, 37
2. Seth Hout, 30
3. Chris Coulter, 21
4. Jeremy Jones, 20
5. Mikey Leblanc, 19
1. Jessica Dalpiaz, tie
1. Hana Beaman, tie
1. Jaime Macleod, tie