Going off the rails: CamJam proves tricky, dazzling fun during WinterfestNo rugged terrain for these high-flying young snow athletes
Camden — Despite a light rain and the imported, mostly man-made snow slowly melting in the 40-degree temperatures, youngsters of all ages put on quite a tricky, dazzling ski/snowboard rail show on Sunday afternoon, Feb. 2 in an idyllic setting in front of covered Windjammers in Camden Harbor.
Watch video below.
The freestyle ski and snowboard event at Harbor Park was one of many during the weekend's Winterfest.
The Camden Snow Bowl Terrain Park hosted the first downtown CamJam or RailJam. The group built a small terrain park in Harbor Park where it held the competition, in which snowboarders and skiers in two divisions, 11-and-younger and 12-and-older, put on a show for spectators in the "man-made" park in front of the Camden Public Library.
Practice was Saturday, Feb. 1, and the competition Sunday. The Snow Bowl brought snow guns into town and made the terrain park.
Ken Gross of the Camden Public Library, said Steve Pixley, the harbor master, was the CamJam master of ceremonies, Pixley organized the building of the terrain park and made announcements during the competition.
Landon Fake, Parks & Recreation Director/Camden Snow Bowl general manager, and Winterfest organizers brainstormed ways to add interest/excitement and make Winterfest a weeklong event, said Patricia A. Finnigan, Camden town manager, thus the idea of a CamJam.
Finnigan said Karen Brace of the Penobscot Bay Chamber of Commerce and Gross were instrumental in expanding Winterfest with more activities.
The participants were:
Skiers ages 12 and older — Connor O'Dwyer, Jesse Frasier, Ben Winchenbach, Alex Forcillo, Kyle Winchenbach, Calvin James, Gideon Baeza, Lucas Boetsch, Calvin Cameron, Jonah Cameron, Simon Morin, Tom Cox, Sully Nolan, Aidan Acosta, Max Horovitz and Shawn Albertson.
In the competition, Nolan finished first and James second.
Snowboarders ages 12 and older — Marco D'Amato, Seth Yates, Cyrus Demmons, Robin Lewis and Jamie Woods.
In the competition, Demmons finished first and Lewis second.
Skier age 11 and younger — Sam Conlan. Conlan finished first.
D'Amato turned in the best snowboard trick and Morris the best ski trick.
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Ken Waltz has been member of the media 30 years and has received hundreds of Maine Press Association and New England Press Association awards for his writing, photography and page design. He studied journalism at the University of Maine in Orono. He lives in South Thomaston with his wife, Sarah. The couple has an adult son, Brandon.
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