Sierra-at-Tahoe’s park crew put together an exclusive skateboarding-inspired course that featured a unique big air jump, a massive wallride, a pine tree pole jam, and a rhythm section with multiple hips and transfer options which lead into a rail garden. The open jam session awarded more than $2,500 on the spot for the most creative maneuvers, judged by special guests and Vans global snow team riders Pat Moore and Zac Marben.
Vans team riders Parker Szumowski and Yawgoon Members Marcus Rand, Brian Skorupski and Dylan Gamache were also present as formal judges for the rail jam contest. Incredible moves were secured left and right, but it was Saku Tiilikainen’s frontside 270 boardslide 270 out on the down flat down rail that proved worthy of the Van Doren Best Trick. Whitney Teague took home the first women’s division Van Doren Best Trick with a 50-50 boardslide to fakie on the same down flat down rail.
“Traveling with the Vans Hi-Standard Series has been an amazing opportunity for the Vans snow team to ride with local riders in places like South Korea, China and the grand finale here at Sierra-at-Tahoe,” says Vans global team rider Pat Moore. “To be a part of snowboarding all over the world and riding with the local kids has been a blast.”
To cap off the Hi-Standard Series grand finale, residents and competitors joined Vans team riders for a local premiere of Vans’ first-ever snowboard film LANDLINE.
2018 Hi-Standard Series Grand Finale Results
Men’s MVP – Dylan Okurowski
Women’s MVP – Alli Fox
Men’s Rail Jam Best Trick 16 and over – Saku Tiilikainen
Men’s Rail Jam Best Trick 15 and under with 30 and over – Shaun Murphy
Women’s Rail Jam Best Trick 16 and over – Whitney Teague
Women’s Rail Jam Best Trick 15 and under – Jes Albary