World’s best freeskier lines up for Queenstown rail jam

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The best freeskier in the world Gus Kenworthy has confirmed he’ll defend his Queenstown rail jam title on Saturday.

The 2013 Freeskiing World Champion from the United States is in Queenstown for the Audi quattro Winter Games back – and will aim to defend his title for the third-year running at tomorrow’s 11th annual Parklife Invitational.

The 21-year-old compete for best Male Skier at the Queenstown’s Recreation Ground event starting from 5.30pm.

Joining Kenworthy in the line-up are Wanaka freeskiing brothers Beau-James and Jackson Wells, a finalist last year.

The highly-anticipated event will also pit top female freeskiers as well as male and female snow boarders from around the world against each other. Motocross freestyle riders will also demonstrate their jaw-dropping skills during the event.

The Remarkables ski area manager Ross Lawrence says it’s a real coup to get Kenworthy back.

“This guy’s the best in the world and has won the Parklife Invitational two years running, but the likes of the younger Wells brothers are also going to impress.

“Not only can we expect some amazing tricks, but some very stiff competition.

“For the anticipated 2000-plus crowd, this is going to be an awesome show; three extreme disciplines and the world’s best athletes in one central location.”

The Jam starts with a qualifying round where each competitor laps a snow-covered 32-stair handrail feature. Those who make the final will be competing to take home a share of $5000 in cash prizes and branded gear.

In between heats, freestyle motocross champions Brenton Drager and Ryan Brown – some of the hottest FMX bikers in Australasia – will pump out some death-defying leaps.

Punters note if the weather doesn’t come to the party there’s a ‘rain date’ for the following night.

Gates open 4.30pm and tickets are on sale from the Queenstown Snow Centre or at the gate on the night. Tickets are just $5.

An after-party will be held at The Find bar on Shotover Street – while Phoenix Foundation play the Memorial Centre from 9pm as part of the Winter Games off-mountain festival – tickets are $35.

Rail Jam ticket winners
The three winners of five-ticket packages, courtesy of NZSki and Mountain Scene are Ulrike Zoch, Candice Buchanan and Lisa White.