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Champion skier to appear at Winter Festival

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By Sandy Barnes

Professional freestyle skier Walter Wood is heading to town this Saturday to judge the rail jam competition and sign posters during the Winter Festival at Evergreen Lake.

 

A 2009 Evergreen High School graduate, Wood is coming back to familiar territory after recently competing in Park City, Utah.

“Skiing is my full-time job,” Wood said while talking about his life as a young athlete.

“Everything is building to the Olympics,” he added.

Wood is training in hopes of competing in the 2014 Olympic Games. While he didn’t place as high as he would have liked in the recent World Cup competition in Utah, Wood is staying dedicated to his Olympics goal.

The son of ski patrollers, Wood has been skiing since he was 3 years old. He began competing professionally when he was 16, traveling to Japan, Europe and British Columbia, where he scored his first professional victory at the World Skiing Invitational in 2010. Wood, whose specialty is half-pipe skiing, competed in his first X-Games in Aspen in 2009.

While Wood was in high school, he said, his teachers understood his dedication to skiing. Sometimes he would miss 10 days of school during a three-week period because of his travels as a competitive skier. Wood graduated from high school a year early so that he could focus on his sport.

The Ski and Snowboard Rail Jam competition features amateurs during the day and experts at night competing on ramps and rails on the hill above Evergreen Lake.

The amateur rail jam competition, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., combines rail jam and slope-style formats in four divisions: snowboarder male and snowboarder female; and skier male and skier female. The amateur competition offers advancement to finals for first place, and first-, second- and third-place prizes in each division.

The application fee is $15 and includes two complimentary general admission tickets to the Winter Festival.

The open/pro rail jam competition takes place from 5 to 8 p.m. with combined rail jam and slope-style formats in four divisions: snowboarder male and snowboarder female; skier male and skier female.

The application fee is $25. Entry includes two complimentary general admission tickets to the Winter Festival. 

The second annual Winter Festival also features a unique ice bike race, ice fishing derby and fun community activities including dog sled rides.

General admission tickets for the festival are $10 for people ages 13 and older. Children 12 and younger will be admitted free. Festival hours are 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

For more information, visit www.evergreenwinterfestival.com.

Contact Sandy Barnes at sandy@evergreenco.com or call 303-350-1042.