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Rail Jam With Olympians At Mad River Mountain Dec. 27, Perfect North Slopes Dec. 26

Mid River Mt. snowboarderPopular rail jams hosted by Heartland Olympians Louie Vito and Nick Goepper roll out this week at Ohio’s Mad River Mountain, Saturday, Dec. 27, and Indiana’s Perfect North Slopes, Friday, Dec. 26.  

Vito, a four-time Grand Prix halfpipe champion and five-time Winter X Games medalist, is hosting his 11th charitable rail jam at his hometown hill. It’s one of the largest rail jams in the Midwest.

Louie VitoRegistration is from noon to 2 p.m., and the Louie Vito Rail Jam, open to snowboarders only, kicks off at 3 p.m. Categories are ages 10-13, 14-17 and 18+. The entry fee is a nonperishable food item donated to a local food pantry. Overall champions are entered to win a summer trip to Windell’s Snowboard Camp in Oregon. Vito will be available for autographs from 1-3 p.m. in the Loft Bar. The awards ceremony takes place in The Loft at 8 p.m. followed by live music and fireworks.

Vito grew up in nearby Bellefontaine and began riding on the 300-foot hill at an early age with his dad Louie, Sr. He’s never forgotten his Midwest roots.

Mad River is hosting a New Year’s Eve party in the Loft with popular Columbus rock band The Thirsty Travelers. Ski or ride until 3 a.m.

Nick GoepperGoepper, who grew up skiing at Perfect North, had a remarkable year. He landed on the podium of nearly every event he entered; a win on the Dew Tour, a second straight X Games gold medal, and bronze medal in slopestyle at the Sochi Olympic Games.

The second annual Winter Welcome Rail Jam is Friday evening with registration beginning at 5 p.m. and the amateur rail jam starting at 7 p.m. The pros kick off at 8 p.m. There will be great prizes, plenty of swag, a party on the deck, and an opportunity to meet and ski with Goepper.

Perfect North will be hosting a New Year’s Eve party with skiing and riding until 1 a.m., music and party favors in the lodge, a torch light parade and fireworks over the slopes at midnight hosted by the Dearborn County CVB.

Photos: Top -- Louie Vito hosts rail jam at Mad River Mountain (Mad Rive Mt.); Right -- Louie Vito is a home boy (Louie Vito/Facebook); Left -- Nick Goepper will host jam at Perfect North Slopes (Nick Goepper/Facebook)


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