Last Sunday, we wrapped up our 4th Annual Mamma Jamma Rail Jam at Bogus Basin. It is crazy to think that we are in our 4th year of putting this event on for our local women. We know that events such as these exist in the snow community but there is a uniqueness with the Mamma Jamma. The Mamma Jamma allows women to thrive in an industry that already under represents them. Now, we don’t want to come off sounding pretentious or as if we’re making a political statement, but in a way, we are making a statement.
This event not only welcomes women in skiing and snowboarding, but it welcomes all ability levels. It is awesome to see girls, who have never competed before, walk away feeling empowered. It is wonderful to see young girls come out and become a part of a diverse community of women. It has been an interesting year for women, with the Women’s March and other equality issues coming to surface. Which is why it’s important to show that women’s freestyle matters and should be made a priority. Marches may get us some screen time but it’s the daily support we get that will make big changes.
It’s basic knowledge that people thrive when they’re invested in and encouraged. We see women as an investment and worthwhile, which is why, if we’re able, we will continue to put on this event and write about women who are making strides forward.
Because we feel like supporting women in their talents is important, we find it’s equally important to thank those who have supported us in that mission. A special thanks to K2 Snow for always giving us your best year-after-year, Proof and Deft Optics for being a constant support, Prestige and Board Room for supporting local women’s snowboarding, Dave and Nora over at Race Werks (who, as soon as they found out we needed more support in the ski category, immediately got us prize stuff), Bogus Basin and its digger crew for creating a fun space for us, Snowboard Boise, She Shreds Co for empowering women, and last but not least, thank you to Clif Bar for fueling us for the event.
We had a great day last Sunday, the sun was shining and 17 girls, ranging in ages from 9 to 29, showed us their passion. We hope to continue stoking that fire for years to come.
1st – Chana Wojahn
2nd – Whitney Crystal
3rd – Camille Lovitt
1st – Rachael Vassion
2nd – Kennedy Lamar
3rd – Summer Scott
1st – Nikita Rubocki
2nd – Allysity Albrecht
1st – Anika Rubocki
All photos by Thom Uecker Photography