Ohio’s Mad River Mountain, home hill to Olympian Louie Vito, will be hosting the Heartland’s first rail jam Nov. 4. Last year’s event was a huge hit, and over 400 people have already confirmed on MRM’s Facebook page they will be there for the “throw down.” The ski area’s annual Ski Patrol Ski Swap will be taking place inside the lodge.
Outside on the hill in front of the Loft Deck, a three-rail set up built over 50,000 tons of ice shavings will be hosting the season’s first pre-season rail jam. It’s a chance to get those first hits of the new season.
The area was busy over the summer with several projects. A new natural glade was created by clearing the underbrush between Sugarbush and Capital Park. The three-tiered, tree-lined terrain will be narrower than Sidewinder Glade and only open with natural snowfall. New trail signage was created utilizing old rental snowboards.
The recycling effort, believed to be the first of its kind in the industry, is to be featured in a future issue of Ski Area Management magazine. A new locker room area was created, and over 100 seats and 15 new tables were added in the Den. It will be a welcome addition to those who like to picnic.
Other open houses and ski swaps occurring across the lower Midwest over the next couple of weekends:
Perfect North Slopes is holding a two-day event Nov. 3-4. Saturday hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday is 10 a.m.-4 p.m. There will be new 2012-13 gear available as well as good deals on used equipment, and it will be the last chance to get a discounted season pass.
Paoli Peaks Open House is Sunday, Nov. 4, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. It includes a Jib-Jam, car show, and gear sale and swap.
Chestnut Mountain is holding its Open House and ski/snowboard swap Sunday, Oct. 28, from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. In addition to good deals on new and used gear, there will be a one-day sale on season passes. An individual pass will go for $325, going up to $450 the following day.
Sundown Mountain Open House and Swap is Sunday, Nov. 11, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. There will be live music and food and bar specials throughout the day. It’s also the last chance to get a discounted season pass starting at $290 for an adult.
Ski Snostar’s Open House & Ski Swap is Saturday, Nov. 3, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Ski shops from around the area will be participating and pop, beer and Mr. T burgers will be available on the south porch.
Photo: Mad River, Ohio