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Ohio Rail Jams, Olympian Louie Vito Coming To Mad River Mountain Dec. 29

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Snowboarders in Lower Michigan, Indiana and Ohio, now’s your chance to ride with an Olympian. Louie Vito, Olympian and 2012 overall champion of the U. S. Grand Prix and Dew Cup, is coming to Ohio’s Mad River Mountain for his annual rail jam Saturday, Dec. 29. It’s one of the largest rail jams in the Heartland.

Registration is from noon to 3 p.m., and the Louie Vito Rail Jam, open only to snowboarders, starts at 2 p.m. Categories are ages 10-13, 14-17 and 18+. Overall champions are entered to win a trip to Windells Camp in Oregon. Vito will be available for autographs from 1-3  p.m. in the Loft Bar. Fireworks are planned at 9:45 p.m. Hip-hop artist Ron E. Polo takes the stage at 10 p.m. with a live show.

This is the fifth year for Vito and his family hosting the charitable rail jam at his hometown hill. The entry fee is $10 or a nonperishable food item that is donated to a local food pantry. What a small price to pay to ride with one of the world’s superstar pro riders. Vito, who grew up in nearby Bellefontaine, Ohio, began riding on the 300-foot hill at an early age with his dad Louie, Sr. 

Other Ohio ski areas also have holiday venues scheduled:

Snow Trails is hosting the first of its three seasonal rail jams in the Woods Terrain Park from 1-4 p.m. also on Saturday, Dec. 29. It’s a judged event open to both skiers and boarders. They are hosting a USSA racing camp, Thursday, Dec. 27, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. for alpine racers 18 and under. Cost is $25 per participant and instruction will be in both slalom and giant slalom training. 

Boston Mills/Brandywine are hosting a couple of holiday events. A rail jam with freestyle skier Nick Goepper takes place in Brandywine’s terrain park on Tuesday, Jan. 1, and Boston Mills is hosting a Holiday Race Camp on Sunday, Dec. 30.

Clear Fork Resort has added cross-country skiing to its snowsports lineup on Wednesday and Sunday mornings. A day pass is $10.

Alpine Valley has a Final Run Special available nightly, Sunday through Thursday from 7:30 p.m. to close and Friday and Saturday nights, 8 p.m. to close. The cost is $15 for a lift ticket, or $25 including ski equipment rental and $27 for a snowboard rental.



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