Coogan Kelly Memorial Rail Jam At Squaw Valley


Community Remembers Local Rider At Third Annual Coogan Kelly Memorial Rail Jam
Presented by SnowBomb and Squaw Valley USA, Friday, December 11

[Squaw Valley USA] November 30, 2009 – SnowBomb and Squaw Valley USA respectfully announce the Third Annual Coogan Kelly Memorial Rail Jam, to take place Friday, December 11. Two years ago, the Tahoe/Truckee and snowboarding communities lost a rising star when Charles "Coogan" Kelly was slain at a college party in Reno, NV. Coogan was a successful competitor on the rail jam and snowboard competition circuit around Tahoe. In its third year, the Coogan Kelly Memorial Rail Jam is a tribute to Coogan, a passionate snowboarder and friend. In his memory, SnowBomb will donate all competitor registration fees to the Coogan Kelly Memorial Foundation.

The Coogan Kelly Memorial Rail Jam is open to riders of all ages and talents and consists of both men's and women's ski and snowboard divisions. Registration is from 11 am to 1 pm inside Dave's Deli, and the competition begins at 2 pm.

Scheduled to take place on Searchlight (lower Exhibition) located near the base of the mountain, the Coogan Kelly Memorial Rail Jam is free for spectators (no lift ticket necessary). Entry fee is $10 for all competitors, plus a $10 jersey deposit, to be refunded after event. All entry fees are donated to the Coogan Kelly Foundation. Athletes under the age of 18 must have a parent or guardian present at registration to sign a liability release form.

The Coogan Kelly Foundation raises money for the Coogan Kelly Scholarship awarded each year to young aspiring snowboarders to help advance their careers. Contributions to the Coogan Kelly Foundation can be sent to: Truckee Tahoe Community Foundation, c/o The Coogan Kelly Foundation, PO Box 366, Truckee, CA 96160.

More information on the Coogan Kelly Memorial Rail Jam is available on Events and operations are weather dependent. The most up-to-date resort conditions, operation schedules, events and live mountain cams are available on