Keystone Resort: Rail jam and screening of Matchstick Productions film “McConkey” Saturday |

Keystone Resort: Rail jam and screening of Matchstick Productions film “McConkey” Saturday

A snowboarder rides a rail at Breckenridge Ski Resort during opening day. On Saturday, neighboring Keystone Ski Resort will host "Back to the Grind," its second terrain park competition of the season. | Summit Daily News

For those itching for some early-season competition, Keystone Resort is starting winter off right with their second rail jam of the season Saturday.

The resort’s “Back to the Grind” competition kicks off at 3:30 p.m. near the base area and will continue under the lights, wrapping up around 7 p.m.

“We love doing these rail jams, it’s a great way to start the season,” Keystone communications manager Laura Parquette said of the event, adding that the venue near the base area offers plenty of opportunity for spectators.

Registration is open and ongoing online. Parquette cautioned those interested to register early.

“These do tend to sell out, so we encourage people to register before Saturday. If we have open slots we will have on-site registration on Saturday,”she said.

The resort hosted its first competition in the A51 Rail Series more than a month before opening with the second annual “Backyard BBQ and Rail Jam.”

Like the first competition, skiers and riders will have another chance to showcase their skills for opportunity at prizes.

The competition will take place on a multi-rail feature near the River Run Village base area on Keystone’s River Run face, adjacent to the Summit Express chairlift. The event will also include live music and giveaways, according to a news release.

If there are spaces still available, registration will begin at noon and run until 3 p.m. Pre-qualification runs in men’s and women’s skiing and snowboarding categories begin at 3:30 p.m.

Winners will take home cash prizes, a new snowboard or a Keystone A-Basin season pass.

Post competition screening of Matchstick Productions latest film: “McConkey”

Following the rail jam, Warren Station Center for the Arts, in the River Run Village, will screen “McConkey” the latest film from popular ski movie company Matchstick Productions.

The film is documentary about Shane McConkey, widely considered one of the pioneers of freesking and a popular athlete often featured in other Matchstick films. Known for combining base jumping and skiing, McConkey passed away in a ski base jumping accident in March of 2009.

The film begins at 7:30 p.m., doors open a half hour before showtime. Tickets are available for $10 online at Tickets at the door cost $12. Rail jam participants can get in for $7 by flashing their competition bib.

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