Skiers and snowboarders flip their way into Norwich from across the country for Norfolk Snowsports Club’s annual Farmers’ Jam
It has been all downhill for skiers and snowboarders at Norfolk Snowsports Club’s this weekend.
The dry ski slope in Trowse has drawn scores of snow sports fans from across the country for its annual Farmers’ Jam, two days of tricks, flips and spills.
Alan Pilkington, the event’s organiser, said: “The Farmers’ Jam is always a fun event to celebrate the end of the season. We’ve got people here who have come up from Cornwall and down from Edinburgh.
“It’s a great chance to everyone to come together and have a lot of fun.”
The Jam, now in its 14th year, includes ski and snowboard cross and a speed race to the bottom of the slope while combating the rails, boxes and poles.
There is also a ‘big air’ stunt event where competitors fling themselves off ramps into flips and turns, and another event called ‘rail jam’, where competitors slide along rails set on the slope.
This evening (Saturday) competitors get to hang up their skis and boards and join with spectators to watch a live band and open mic night in the upstairs bar.
Following another day of competitions on Sunday, the Jam rounds off with ‘pond skim’ where daring skiers and snowboarders will try to glide across water at the bottom of the slope.
David Allen and his family drove up from Buckingham in Buckinghamshire for the event.
Mr Allen’s 17-year-old daughter, Cerys, is in the Team GB development squad and is the country’s under-18 female champion in events including slope style, border cross, half pipe and big air.
He said: “We’ve been coming here for the past seven years and it’s always great fun.”
Mr Pilkington said the snow sports club would celebrate its 50th anniversary next year.
The club moved to its base in Trowse in 1972, and the artificial hill where the slope is based was built using soil excavated during the construction of Castle Mall.
The Farmers’ Jam has also raised money for testicular cancer charity On The Ball, and event sponsors have included Snowfit Revolutionz, the Wednesday Morning Breakfast Club and Urban Piste.
For more information about the club, visit www.norfolksnowsports.com