Shredders take on the rail jam

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Photo by Joe Gillen

After coaxing security and signing a few waivers, I had scored the best seat in the house for the Redbull-sponsored ski and snowboard contest, Rail Jam. Nearly 50 riders “threw down” on the course, which included a couple kickers, rails and a wall ride. Pictured above, a skier busts out a huge 180 degree spin over my head in the qualifying rounds of the competition. Snow trails behind the rider as he spots his landing, creating one of my favorite images from the event. (This photo was one of more than 250 photos submitted by fans during the RIT Facebook Photo Challenge. To see the photos, become a fan at