Photo gallery: Farmers’ Jam ski and snowboard festival draws Scots to the slopes of Norfolk

Sunday session of the Farmers Jam 2014 at Norfolk Snowports Club, Trowse. Photo: Steve Adams

Sunday session of the Farmers Jam 2014 at Norfolk Snowports Club, Trowse. Photo: Steve Adams - Credit: Archant

Norfolk may be famous for its less-than-mountainous landscape, but the renown of a ski and snowboard festival has spread so far that it even attracted competitors from hilly Scotland.

The Farmers' Jam festival, held at the Norfolk Snowsports Club in Trowse from Friday to this afternoon, celebrated its 14th year with a typically-relaxed mixture of tricks, music, food and fun.

Jamie Nicholls, a professional snowboarder from Yorkshire who finished sixth in the men's slopestyle at the Sochi Winter Olympics, competed during the festival, and also helped with the judging and commentary.

Organiser Mary Leishman said riders practiced on Friday, with competitions taking place on Saturday.

They included four hours of slopestyle, where riders slid over boxes and rails and competed to perform difficult tricks, and big air, where riders perform aerial tricks from a large jump.

The top-five competitors in each category then met in a final, where they each had two runs to try to achieve the most points. The event finished at 7pm.

Miss Leishman said: 'The thing about this competition is that it's very relaxed. A lot of people come to this competition at the end of the season. It's relaxed, and you have a bit of a party and everyone enjoys themselves.

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'Because it's been running for so long, people do come from all over the country because it's renowned for being such a relaxed event. I don't think people take it too seriously.'

She said there were about 80 competitors on Saturday, and a particular highlight came when of their fathers flew over the part in a biplane, performing some loops and spins of his own.

The festival was free for spectators to attend, and as well as the action on the slope, there were barbecues, stalls and music from DJs.

The event was particularly helped by its long-term sponsor, Norwich-based ski store Snowfit, and Jewsons, which helped to build the large jump.

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