CMC students plan rail jam to coincide with Winter Carnival fireworks show |

CMC students plan rail jam to coincide with Winter Carnival fireworks show

Teresa Ristow

Colorado Mountain College Alpine Campus

— Colorado Mountain College students are inviting Winter Carnival fireworks viewers Saturday to also watch a kickoff party for the school's new ski and snowboard rail mini-park.

The Student Government Association's Rail Jam will begin at 6:30 p.m. Saturday in the back parking lot behind Colorado Mountain College Steamboat Springs' Academic Center.

CMC students will show off their skills on one of three rails during the fireworks. Spotlights will help light up the area with the rails.

The rails were purchased through student fees and installed by students, who plan to keep the rails intact through winter and open the area to students on a weekly basis, said April Gilliland, coordinator of student activities for CMC.

"We were brainstorming for a fun event for students over Winter Carnival, and the students have all been working together on this," Gilliland said. "They spent time taking turns installing them and getting all the snow packed down."

The student rail jam will also have a raffle with prizes and standup heaters to keep spectators warm.

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"You will see the spotlights shining down on the event," she said.

Students must sign a waiver to use the rails, which are set up for beginner, intermediate and advanced skiers and riders.

The event will immediately follow Colorado Mountain College's 50th anniversary celebration in the Academic Center. That free event is fully booked, but interested guests can put their name on a waiting list or get more information by calling 970-870-4423.

To reach Teresa Ristow, call 970-871-4206, email or follow her on Twitter @TeresaRistow

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