THE thrills and spills at the newly opened Herbie’s Umbrella Bar rail jams drew some of the biggest crowds this season.
Hundreds flocked to two massive jams in January and February, watching amateur, semi-pro and super-skilled local Japanese competitors hit rails set up in the small car park behind the popular new Austrian-themed après ski bar in Hirafu’s main street.
“People were stopping in the middle of the street to watch the rail jams, and we had to keep telling them to get off the road or they’d get hit by a car,” Herbie’s manager Dan Morgan said.
“There were heaps of skier and riders at a higher level than we expected, nailing a whole heap of tricks. Semi-pro guys rocked up, and there were some super-skilled Japanese ‘J-Crew’ at a really high level that we were stoked with.”
Dan said Herbie’s was looking forward to holding bigger and better rail jams next season.