Scenes from the inaugural Quam Invitational snowskate jam at Copper (photos) |

Scenes from the inaugural Quam Invitational snowskate jam at Copper (photos)

Photos by Phil Lindeman
Alan Gerlach of Minneapolis with a frontside boardslide on the double-barrel rail at Woodward Copper during the inaugural Quam Invitational snowskate jam on Jan. 7. The 28-year-old is good friends with the event founder, Matt Quam, and couldn't pass up the chance to visit Colorado for a skate: "I've gotta come out for Quam's event. I've been homies with him for a long time and you've gotta ride with the homies."
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What a day.

Over the weekend, dozens of snowskaters from Colorado, Lake Tahoe, Minnesota and even British Columbia descended on Copper Mountain Resort for the inaugural Quam Invitational. The self-described “fun-test” was more of a free-for-all jam than a true snowskate contest, with event founder Matt Quam leading groups on rides to his favorite snowskating spots before heading to the Woodward Copper park for a rail jam. Skaters ranged in age from 16 years old to nearly 50 years old, and that’s exactly what Quam — and everyone else — wanted to see.

“Snowskating is always a lot of fun, but when there’s twice as many people it’s twice as fun,” said Chris Lay, who came to Colorado with a crew from the British Columbia-based snowskate company Squampton. “It’s a family thing: As soon as you meet someone, that’s your brother.”

Here’s how it went down when the extended family got together.

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