Sievers manages top trick in jam

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The rail was called the flaming Rainbonana, and James Sievers mastered it.

As voted on by peers, Sievers was named the best overall snowboarder and performed the best trick under the lights in Friday's first rail jam of the season in Gondola Square.

Jake Kcohn and Laura Lodico were named top male and female skiers.

Friday's event featured the Rainbonana rail designed by Cactofab owner and local rider K.R. "Cactus" Nemec.

The design connected a rainbow with a banana shape and was on fire. The Rainbonana rail will be moved to the SoBe Terrain Park at Steamboat Ski Area for other skiers and riders to enjoy.

The competition consisted of invited athletes, including professional skiers and riders and members of Steamboat's Mavericks Freeride Team. A peer committee scored contestants for best trick and overall impression, which Sievers won.

A fabricated in-run covered in snow connected the Steamboat Ski and Snowboard School building to the Rainbonana rail positioned in Gondola Square at the base. Skiers and riders were perched at the top of the in-run to gain a little bit of speed before landing on the rail to perform tricks.

The next SoBe Friday Night Rail Jam will be Jan. 13 and will introduce and highlight a surprise feature from Nemec. That rail also will be added to the SoBe Terrain Park after the competition.

Spectators are encouraged to attend the next rail jam and cheer on the contestants, who are competing for cash and prizes.

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