New for 2024, The World Ski and Snowboard Festival (WSSF)  introduced a new sporting event – The Cut Rail Jam, sponsored by Rockstar Energy & Skullcandy. The Saturday, April 13th event on Whistler Mountain featured 40 elite athletes competing for a $20,000 prize purse divided equally among four categories. 

Jake Carney flying high Photo: Ben Girardi

“The Cut” Format

The four categories were Women’s Ski, Women’s Snowboard, Men’s Ski, and Women’s Ski. Each rider was given two runs in the rail garden with their best run counting. After the two runs, 3 riders from each category were CUT! The riders who survived the cut had another two runs before the next cut. The finals consisted of the remaining riders who survived.

Emcees Callum Pettit and Jody Wachniak taking down “Cut” contestants Photo: Ben Girardi


Photo: Ben Girardi

Ski Men:

  1. Etienne Geoffroy-Gagnon
  2. Phil Gaucher 
  3. Luke Smart 

Ski Women:

Photo: Ben Girardi
  1. Naomi Urness 
  2. Avery Krumme
  3. Sky Clarke

SKIER Thoughts

The “Cut” format was a departure from the typical “Jam” format normally seen at these events. Normally, chaos rules where every rider is trying to get as many runs on the course as they can within the allotted “Jam” time. This event was much more structured and the announcers were able to color commentate, which proved invaluable for the spectators.

Teal Harle Photo: Ben Girardi

The World Ski and Snowboard Festival was made possible thanks to the financial support of the Resort Municipality of Whistler, Creative BC, and the Province of BC. WSSF is proudly supported by Tourism Whistler, Skullcandy, Whistler Blackcomb, Oakley, Gogglesoc, Snowbus, Encore, Westin Resort and Spa Whistler, Forecast Ski Magazine, King Snow Magazine, Mountain FM, Scandinave Spa Whistler, Helly Hansen, Corona, Nutrl, Nature Valley, Whistler Executive Transport, Signal System, Daily Hive, Mark Anthony Group and Gibbons Whistler.