It’s jam time

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Mountain Scene can exclusively reveal one of the first events in this year’s Queenstown Winter Festival will see 16 of the region’s top skiers and boarders go head-to-head in the ‘Legends of Steel, Brecon Street Rail Showdown’ – and local rippers have the chance to get in on the action.

Festival boss Rae Baker says the rail jam’s being held on Thursday, June 21, the first night of this year’s festival, under lights at the bottom of the Brecon St stairs.

Snow’s being trucked in from Cardrona for the event, championed by Winter Olympians Zoi Sadowski-Synott and Nico Porteous, who both brought home bronze medals from PyeongChang in February.

Baker says locals can enter the Rookie Qualifier event with the chance to be drafted in to the showdown by the Olympians.

Two teams of eight will battle during the main event, being scored on each rider’s tricks and style, vying for the ‘Legends of Steel’ supreme award. There’s been a “clear appetite” to see the return of a rail jam to Queenstown’s CBD as part of the festival programme, she says.

“Cardrona’s ‘Legends of Steel’ event format, including celebrating our recent Olympic medal winners, is a fantastic way to celebrate the start of the Queenstown Winter Festival and we can’t wait to announce the rest of the programme [tomorrow].”

Now in its 44th year, the festival’s had “the event version of a facelift” and this year the festival, again being held over four days, will be “as fresh as first tracks powder”, Baker says.

The full programme will go live on the winter festival website at 9am tomorrow – tickets and registrations open on May 1.

ed@scene.co.nz