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Skiers, snowboarders jam on rails for Matt Wyffels

LARISA GRAHAM
summit daily news
Summit County, CO Colorado

BRECKENRIDGE ” The fifth annual rail jam to benefit Matt Wyffels was held Friday at Breckenridge Ski Resort as part of the Spring Massive Festival.

Wyffels was injured in a snowboarding accident five years ago which left him paralyzed from the waist down. Today, after thousands of hours of physical therapy, he is walking again with the aid of canes.

Wyffels is also attending Westminster University where he is working toward a degree in marketing.

All the entry fees and donations from the event are given to Wyffels, which has helped him get back on his feet. He hopes to one day lose the canes and ride a snowboard again. Last year the event raised more than $3,000.

The event featured men’s and women’s snowboarders and men’s skiers. Each group had 30 minutes on three types of rails and there was a winner for each discipline, on each rail. There was also the coveted award of “Matt Wyffels Choice,” hand-picked by Wyffels himself.

“Each year it has been a reunion, a chance to get back to my old stomping grounds here at Breckenridge. I just love this mountain, the community and all the people,” Wyffels said.

The rail jam was created by Wyfells’ high school friend, Jeff Meyer, who moved from Minnesota to Breckenridge with Wyffels in 2000.

“It was just something that just had to be done right after his injury, and it’s grown from there,” Meyer said.

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