5th Annual Mamma Jamma Rail Jam



Who would have thought that having a rail jam on January 14th would bear the potential of cancellation due to snow loss? This was not the first time that the Mamma Jamma has feared cancellation due to snow conditions, but alas, it always has seemed to work out; and it did with this years’ event. This year marked the 5th anniversary of the Mamma Jamma Rail Jam, which was shocking and monumental simultaneously. Shocking in the sense that we have made this event possible for our local women for 5 years and monumental because this was a turning point for our event. We felt more established and legitimate than ever, but with that establishment came along growing pains and some learning experiences. Nonetheless, as we completed another successful year, we can’t help but to reflect back to that first year, with no clue what this event would mean for our local women or turn into, and see how far we’ve come and express our gratitude to the support we’ve received throughout this endeavor. We truly are grateful to be able to collaborate with so many great people and businesses to make this event happen for 5 years in a row.

With this being our 5th anniversary, we wanted to celebrate it up right, so what better way to do that than with a party? A party where we could invite members of the community to celebrate women’s snowboarding and skiing. So, the night before the rail jam, we all gathered at The Garden City Projects to watch the female shred films, “Full Moon” and Unicorn Picnic’s “Pretty Faces.” It was a night of snow films, skateboarding, community, camaraderie, and it helped that 10 Barrel Brewing donated some drinks for the occasion. The turnout was huge, and it was great to see the level of support garnered throughout our community. We raffled off some prizes and amped up the stoke for the next day’s event.

The conditions for the day of the event couldn’t have been more prime. The Bogus Basin Digger Crew set up a wide variety of features for our most beginner skiers and riders to our most advanced ones. The weather was warm and sunny, and of course, the stoke was high. We had about 17 competitors, varying in ages and abilities. Some came to conquer their fear of competing, some came to progress their skills, but it’s safe to say, that everyone came to encourage each other in an atmosphere where women were being celebrated and encouraged. We believe that women deserve a place to be built up and applauded for their skills, no matter where they’re at in their skiing or riding. If we all don’t stick together and encourage those strengths, the future of women in snow sports will be even more dismal. People thrive when they’re believed in and supported, and this event offers that to women. Our sponsors and supporters offer that to these women, and we hope to only see this grow over the years. So, thank you for helping us make it to year 5.

Rider: Savannah Baker. Photo: Cat Wheaton.

Skier: Vay O’Brien. Photo: Cat Wheaton.


We know that this event could not be possible without the individuals and businesses who believe in our efforts to build women’s freestyle. So, without further ado, we want to take the time to thank those monumental people. Thank you to all the bunnies at Snow Bunny Mag who have this heart to give women a platform to excel. Thank you to all the important individuals who worked to make this event happen: Dylan Sifford, Whitney Crystal, Corey Mac, Bogus Basin diggers, Lori Wright, Ryan Davis, Jodi Mead, Kellie Wright, Justin Washam, Dalene Scholeske, Val Clemens, Matt Roper, Brigette Nelson, Tom McGrath, Preston Woods, Cat Wheaton, Mark and Scott Pemble, Kaitlin Hendrix, Spencer Curtis, Dani Nestor, and Kelsey Proctor. Thank you to the other women who are championing the promotion of women in snowboarding such as Amanda Hankison of @jetpack5000 and Jenna Kuklinski with Nikita/Bonfire. These two were so huge in this event with sponsorship. Thank you to the businesses who believe in us and continuously and graciously outdo themselves year-after-year: Bogus Basin, GNU/Roxy snowboards, Union Binding Co., Electric Googles, Nikita, Bonfire, Holden, Deft Optics, Proof, Little Ski Hill, Prestige, Boardroom, The Garden City Projects, Snowboard Boise, Eco Lounge, Iron Wolf Tattoo, Nana’s Collective, Zumiez, Push & Pour Coffee, 10 Barrel Brewing, Viking Drive-In, Red Bull, and Beat Wik Candles. Lastly, thank you to everyone who supported, posted, and spectated this event! YOU all make this happen!


This year’s podium:

Advanced Ski:
1st: Vay O’Brien

Beginner Ski:
1st: Jessica Foltz
2nd: Marta Soderlund
3rd: Claire


Advanced Board:
1st: Whitney Crystal
2nd: Dylan Sifford
3rd: Chana Wojahn
Wild Card: Camille Lovitt

Beginner Board:
1st: Kelley Evans
2nd: Rachael Vassion
3rd: Michelle McGowin

“Tough as Nails” Award: Aubrey Davis

All photos by Catherine Wheaton (@catinavan_). For any photos used, please give credit to both Catherine and Snow Bunny Mag. Video edit made by Whitney Crystal. Music: “Tunnel of Love” by Wanda Jackson.


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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