Win mounds of $5 bills at Copper for Vans Hi-Standard Series snowboard jam March 4 |

Win mounds of $5 bills at Copper for Vans Hi-Standard Series snowboard jam March 4

A snowboarder presses a noseslide on a down bar in the Woodward Copper terrain park.
Tripp Fay / Special to the Daily |

2017 Vans Hi-Standard Series

What: A season-long, worldwide jump and rail jam series for snowboarders of all ages with a total cash purse of $60,000, plus tons of freebies and swag

When: Saturday, March 4 at 10 a.m.

Where: Copper Mountain

Cost: Free

The event is free and open to snowboarders of all ages, with divisions for 15 and older, 30 and older, and younger than 15 years old. Registration is available online or onsite the day of the event. Competition is a jam format with different times for divisions from 11 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. A best trick contest runs from 3-4 p.m., followed by awards and prizes at 4:15 p.m. For more info or to register, see


Woodward Copper jam schedule

8:30-9:30 a.m. — Registration, Woodward cage

10-10:30 a.m. — Practice and warm-up, Woodward park

11-11:45 a.m. — Paid session (15 and younger, 30 and older), Woodward park

11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. — Paid session (16 and older), Woodward park

12:30-1:15 p.m. — Lunch and course maintenance

1:15-2 p.m. — Paid session (15 and younger, 30 and older), Woodward park

2-2:45 p.m. — Paid session (16 and older), Woodward park

3-4 p.m. — Van Doren Best Trick contest, Woodward park

4:15 pm — Awards ceremony, Center Village

Think there’s no such thing as a free lunch and lift ticket? Think again. All you’ve got to do is throw down on a spring day.

On March 4, Woodward Copper and Vans host the first (and only) Colorado stop of the Vans Hi-Standard Series, a season-long collection of jump and jib jams for snowboarders of all ages and abilities. Registration is free and includes a lift ticket, lunch and entry for the event, which boasts a $60,000 cash purse for all 14 jams across the world this season.

Unfortunately, registration is limited to 45 riders and online registration is already full, but there might be spots available before things get started at 10 a.m. on Saturday. Just drop by the Woodward Cage in Center Village from 8:30-9:30 a.m. to find out. Of course, the whole thing is free for spectators.

Like previous Hi-Standard rail jams in Canada, France, China, South Korea and across the U.S., this weekend’s Copper contest is all about getting back to the roots — no spiraling 1080s or double 1260s required. Rules are simple: Riders are split into three age divisions, anyone can session the course at any time and the best tricks are rewarded with cash prizes, beginning at $5 apiece, during the 20-minute “paid sessions” for each age group. There are two paid sessions per group — one before the free lunch, one after — and all cash awards are given onsite by judges to competitors until the day’s purse is empty. There’s no limit to the amount of cash individual riders take home, meaning Monroes will be flying everywhere.

For one hour after the paid sessions is the Von Doren Best Trick contest, where all riders in all divisions throw down to again earn cash and giveaways. When all is said and done, judges crown one champion for each age division based on the best trick of the day (outside of the Von Doren contest). Winners in the 15 and younger division earn $200 and winners in the 16 and older division earn $300, while winners in the 30 and older division take home “all our respect and goodies,” according to a release from Vans.

Here’s where things get fun. The name of the game on Saturday is style — not ridiculous acrobatics — and so guys and gals who put down the smoothest, most seductive runs will leave with the cash. In fact, the event is so old-school that no one is allowed to spin bigger than 720 and inverts are strictly prohibited. Hopefully you’ve been working on your switch method and corked 540s.

The Copper stop comes near the end of the Hi-Standard Series schedule. There’s one more event at Mount Seymour in British Columbia on March 11 before the series finale in Sierra at Tahoe on March 18. After that, the series takes a few weeks off before the summer series begins at High Cascade Snowboard Camp in Oregon on June 20.

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