On Saturday. March 26, Okemo Mountain Resort hosted its third annual Joey Jam, a competition that celebrated some of the slopes’ most conspicuous skiers and snowboarders. Steven Kelly, of Ludlow, Vt., won top honors and took home this year’s grand prize, a 1987 Kawasaki JS 550 stand-up jet ski.
A 33 year old snowboarder, originally from Ocean City, NJ, Kelly has been a resident of Ludlow, Vt., for six years. Kelly is a returning champion. He took first place in the inaugural Joey Jam, in 2009.
Competitors turned out in all forms of classic Joey attire, including acid-washed jeans, team-logo Giants jackets and 1980s neon skiwear. Many of the athletes sported mullets and retro hair-band wigs. Many Okemo staff members and visiting guests got into the spirit of the day and many male staff members sported bold mustaches and just for the occasion.
A panel of judges awarded points to contestants based on their ability to maneuver some reasonably easy terrain-park features while playing the part of a Joey. For added entertainment, each contestant had a few minutes with the microphone after performing on the snow.
In the Under-18 Division, first place went to Trevor McDonald (aka Tyrone the Terrible), age 17, of Londonderry, Vt. He won a pair of Rossignol Skis. Lance Lichtensteiger (aka Little Joey Donut), age 6, of Ludlow, Vt., took second place. Rounding out the podium with third place was Ian Fitzpatrick (aka Wild Kid), age 9, of Claremont, N.H.
In the 18-and-Older, Adult Division, Steven Kelly (aka The Joey), of Ludlow, Vt., was victorious. Second place went to Victor Lucariello (aka Dom), age 34, of Keyport, N.J. Charlie Kepler (aka Chaz), age 18, of Manchester Center, Vt., took third.
Okemo’s celebration of spring continues April 2 with slush-pond skimming and a tug o’ war.