The Second Annual Mamma Jamma Rail Jam

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Last Sunday, March 8th kicked off our 2nd Annual Mamma Jamma Rail Jam on International Women’s Day. Sixteen girls, ranging in ages between 7 and 27, came to compete in our beginner and advanced ski and snowboard categories. The sun was beating down on the snow as the girls hiked up to hit the setup that lay before them. This year’s competition was held at Boise’s local mountain, Bogus Basin and although this last February hit record highs, the Bogus Basin park crew and staff have been keeping the mountain rad and making due with all they have. When we asked if we could host the event there, they were more than willing to be the venue for an event that builds up women’s freestyle. The park crew worked busily away to create a setup that was worthwhile for our more advanced riders, but was also conducive for our more entry-level competitors.

an image of Bogus Basin, mamma Jamma rail jam, rail jam, snow board, ski
The whole focus of our rail jam is to encourage female riders and skiers to progress together as athletes as well as foster a community that is rooted in building one another up. Competitive spirit and carrying a drive to beat the competition is great but we’ve found that many women thrive in atmospheres where they feel challenged and encouraged. This competition is unique in the sense that it embraces skiers and riders rightan image of Bogus Basin, mamma Jamma rail jam, rail jam, snow board, ski where they are at. It doesn’t say you’re not good enough, it’s unexclusive and it honors women for the talents they have. The goal is to progress together. Women need to be each other’s best allies and advocates – we can’t sit and wait for someone to do it for us. It starts with us. It certainly can start with a group of ski and snowboard women in Boise, Idaho, who love what they do.

an image of Bogus Basin, mamma Jamma rail jam, rail jam, snow board, skiWe at Snow Bunny Mag are so honored that we get to facilitate and coordinate an event as special as this. We’ve been overwhelmed with the amount of support we’ve received in our endeavors to give women exposure and a platform while they pursue their dreams and talents. We just hope that with the continued support of our amazing sponsors and supporters that we can continue to provide an event that tells women that your talents are valuable and seen. We’re not trying to outshine our male counterparts, we just want women to be recognized for their talents – not how they compare to men. We aren’t men. We are women.

Thank you to our amazing sponsors at K2, Faction, Dinosaurs Will Die, UNHLY Supply Things. Board Room, Proof, Deft Optics, C4 Belts, Silverline Films, Eco Lounge, Boise Weekly, Channel 6 News and of course, Bogus Basin! We seriously cannot thank you enough for investing in our women and believing in this event. Friends, we can’t emphasize enough, support these rad companies! They take the time to invest in you, so take the time to invest in them.

This year’s results:

Beginner Ski:
1st – Anika Rubocki
2nd – Kiayanne Luekenua

an image of Faction Skis,Bogus Basin, mamma Jamma rail jam, rail jam, snow board, skiAdvanced Ski:
1st – Allysity Albrecht
2nd – Nikita Rubock

Allysity Albrecht, Nikita Rubocki with Faction SkisBeginner Snowboard:
1st – Rachael Vassion
2nd – Camille Lovitt
3rd – Liela Fenstermaker

an image of Bogus Basin, mamma Jamma rail jam, rail jam, snow board, skiAdvanced Snowboard:
1st – Chuckie Carbone
2nd – Chana Wojahn
3rd – Dylan Sifford

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About Brittany Roper

Brittany Roper has a B.A. degree in History from Boise State University. She is passionate about women’s issues and sports. She is an avid snowboarder and outdoor enthusiast, who has worked to build a strong female snow community through events centered on women riding and competing together in order to develop healthy relationships. She believes women are NOT a problem but a solution.

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