Results from the USASA Rocky Mountain Series rail jam in Copper Sept. 13 |

Results from the USASA Rocky Mountain Series rail jam in Copper Sept. 13

Dylan Okurowski of Avon on the elbow rail at the USASA Rocky Mountain Series rail jam on Sept. 13 in Copper.
Chip Proulx / Special to the Daily |

There’s something surreal about snowboarding in September.

While the rest of the High Country was getting a final lap through aspen-covered singletrack, a group of 50 skiers and snowboarders from across the country came to Copper on Sept. 13 for the first rail jam of the 2015-16 season. Held at the Woodward Copper rail garden — the remnants of last season’s super pipe near the base of American Eagle lift — the rail jam kicked off the USA Snowboard Association’s Rocky Mountain Series. The series runs from September through March, with 25 halfpipe, rail jam and alpine skiing stops at Vail, Breckenridge, Ski Cooper, Winter Park and across the Front Range.

But, the early-autumn stop in Copper was by far the wildest, even if it wasn’t the most well-attended. The mid-winter events tend to draw upwards of 150 youth athletes for halfpipe, freestyle riding, alpine skiing and boardercross. They’re a stellar showcase for up-and-coming alpine or freestyle competitors, and, with more than a few rail jams on the Front Range, the series is also a major draw for groms who don’t live at the base of a ski hill. The only requirement is USASA youth membership, and top halfpipe finishers can qualify for the Rev Tour at the Dec. 2 stop in Breckenridge. This season, USASA is offering free event entry to all competitors younger than 9 years old with a current membership. Otherwise, entry is $40 for the majority of events.

The series kick-off was dominated by skiers and riders from Summit and Eagle counties, with a few top finishers from the Denver area. Here are the select results. For complete results and the full Rocky Mountain Series schedule, see

Open class, women

1. Lindsea Lumpkin, Dillon

Open class, men

1. Dylan Okurowski, Avon

2. Andy Harris, Dillon

3. Nick Sommer, Washington

Snowboard men (14 and older)

1. Jeremy Baxter, Frisco

2. Nathan Panlilio, Florida

3. Gabriel Irlandini, Eagle

Skier men (14 and older)

1. Dylan Ladd, Lakewood

2. Reagan Wallis, Vail

3. Casey Cope, Avon

Snowboard boys (9 and under)

1. Cooper Shonk, Avon

2. Finn Eisenman, Eagle

3. Hayden Tyler, Ohio

Snowboard girls (9 and under)

1. Barrett Hendrix, Avon

2. Devin Hendrix, Avon

3. Sophia Capua, Aurora

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