Rising stars kill it at the Peanut Butter and Rail Jam Series

Posted By: The Ski Channel on January 26, 2010 7:14 am

Wisconsin Snowboarders and Killington Mountain School Athletes Mitch Heberer and Alex Kass Land in the Top 10 at Recent 

                                                                           Rail Jam Event in New Hampshire

KILLINGTON, Vt. (Jan. 26, 2010)—Killington Mountain School’s (KMS) Mitch Heberer, of Kewaskum, Wisc., and Alex Kass, of Pewaukee, Wisc., teamed up to find their way into the top 10 at a recent rail jam event held at Waterville Valley in New Hampshire. The 15-year-old Kass advanced to the finals and finished sixth in the fifth of 17 stops of the Volcom Peanut Butter and Rail Jam series, which travels through the United States and Canada. Heberer took fifth, earning himself an invitation to the year-end championship event April 24 at Mammoth Mountain in California.

“Mitch threw down strong consistent tricks on all three features and landed in fifth place in the 16 and over group,” said KMS Snowboard Coach Ian Coates. “It was a beautiful blue bird day with welcoming temperatures. Both boys families were in attendance from Wisconsin.”

The Peanut Butter and Rail Jam is Volcom’s amateur snowboard contest series. The goal of the series is to give something back to the kids. Deviating from the established way snowboard contests are run, organizers put their heads together and came up with a fresh format. Instead of having three rails in a row, they put them side by side to create a rail zone. This boosts the energy level and fun nature of the contest because everyone is together, riding, hiking, and watching in a big group.

“Alex had the largest field of the day, with some serious competition,” said Coates. “He kept himself in the competition by doing an excellent job of getting in as many runs as he could during the two, 20 minute heats. He kept a positive attitude and nailed enough tricks on each of the three features to score some good points.”

Killington Mountain School is a fully approved Vermont independent school whose mission is to inspire students to pursue excellence in academics and athletics in a culture that promotes integrity, leadership, responsibility, and respect. Training in the KMS snowboard program is directed toward the individual needs of athletes, who may range in ability from the first-time competitor to the most seasoned rider competing with the USSA/USASA Snowboard Team. Killington snowboarders train in Half-pipe, SBX, Slopestyle, Big Air, Slalom, Giant Slalom, and SuperG o­n some of the best pipes and parks in the country and o­n extremely challenging racing terrain.