Last week Bear Creek hosted the Showdown: Rail Jam, a hike park style competition where skiers and boarders hike the park and try to hit as many tricks as they can in the allotted time. For a resort just 50 minutes from Philly we had an impressive turn out! On Monday as I sat in the office asking how the event went I was thrilled to hear that the mini groms put on quite a show out there. Inspired by the “Mini Groms” I decided that I need to try this too. I mean how hard can it be to go up a little incline and place my skis on a metal rail about 12 inches wide, glide over it and drop off. RIGHT…that does sound easy…I know. So little did I know you don’t really glide that well and my skis stuck and I kept moving forward. I personally thought my face plant was pretty impressive! Nailed that landing!!!!
So needless to say when I watch these kids do the rails with less than X-Game jaw dropping tricks in the past I was unimpressed. With my new found respect for the rails, I have a whole new level of appreciation for the skills, training and time on the mountain it takes to really learn how to make something this difficult look easy. As a coach I tell my girls that it is not the big fancy tricks that win a game but consistently working on the basics and doing it well is the only way to master any sport. My hat goes off to all the “Park Rats” that spend their time working the rails, hiking the mountain and making the basic moves look effortless. I applaud your dedication to your sport and wish you all the best!
I also want to put out a big thanks to Tom Lyons and the rest of BC ironworks that work so hard to make our park a fun and safe environment. Great job guys!