Everyone wondered if the massive amounts of snow falling on Mammoth last week would jeopardize the 2011 Rockstar Energy Drink Roxy Chicken Jam.
Mammoth Mountain crews worked heroically on the halfpipe, but the greater challenge for the competitors seemed to be whether to compete or ride the rich pow.
The seventh annual Roxy Chicken Jam arrived at Mammoth Mountain amid snow, wind and a flurry of Facebook postings and Tweets.
In its fourth consecutive year of the popular all womenâ€™s snowboarding event taking over Main Lodge and the Unbound Park, the $50,000-purse competition proved to be more unique than ever for 2011.
It was the first year of the RCJ in Mammoth that the judges of the Superpipe competition did not have an international field of competitors; Kelly Clark, the three-time Superpipe champion Mammothâ€™s RCJ had a DNS (Did Not Start) on the Superpipe roster along with Olympic snowboarders Torah Bright and Elena Hight. Word had it that they opted for powder.
The much anticipated showdown of Woolly and Gumby in the Mascot Halfpipe contest got cancelled.
And, it was the first year that the Slopestyle competition became a GoPro camera â€śPowder Jamâ€ť event, as the Super Duper Kickers under chair 6 were pretty much buried.
Basically, with the second snowiest March on record for Mammoth Mountain, the 2011 Rockstar Energy Drink Roxy Chicken Jam still shook the slopes with incredible boosts of energy by every rider, sponsor and supporter. The show must go on and it did as new â€śRockstarsâ€ť were showcased throughout the winter wonderland.
Powder seekers riding the Panorama Gondola Friday, March 25, had the awesome privilege to witness a completely smooth 22-Foot Super Duper Pipe where 13 U.S. women snowboarders â€ślined upâ€ť for some competition, as opposed to â€ślining upâ€ť for chair 5 to open.
After a variety of 540s, 720s, and some flipping action thrown by most of the competitors in some harsh, windy conditions, 19-year-old Stanford University college student Kelly Ann Marren earned the win with her strong gymnastic background. With solid spins and flip tricks that included a Crippler and a Michalchuk, the Hillsborough, Calif. stand-out earned some future tuition income of 15,000.
Leslie Glenn, the 29-year-old Breckenridge, Colo., resident, stomped some nice spins for the second place podium while third place went to Chloe Kim. At a tender age of 10, the wonder child who also speaks three languages (English, French, Korean) stomped some impressive tricks in the Super Duper Pipe that included 540s, 720s and a lofty McTwist.
Although Kelly, Elena and Torah did not show to compete, they did take some practice runs and respectfully supported all the young girls and women stepping it up in the Super Duper Pipe.
Roxy Powder Jam
In an attempt to make the best of what Mother Nature delivered on Saturday morning, March 26, Roxy officials cancelled the Slopestyle competition to create a new event in which competitors could document on GoPro cameras their snowboarding abilities.
Being safe and having fun riding the natural terrain of Mammoth Mountain was the objective of this unique event. With a roster of 31 amateur and professional snowboarders from all over the world, groups of three were teamed up to create a â€śWinning Team Video.â€ť
â€śYeah it was a lot of fun. A lot of us were kind of skeptical about it and we didnâ€™t know if we even wanted to do it,â€ť said local rider Kelly Berger. â€śOnce we got out there it was so much funâ€“ cliff drops, powder jumps, tree lines equal a successful day!â€ť
Team and individual results with entry highlight videos will be posted on www.roxy.com on April 8, 2011.View more articles in: