Want to ride with an Olympic snowboarder in Ohio? Now's your chance.
Louie Vito, Grand Prix champion, Olympian and European X-Games gold winner, is coming to Ohio’s Mad River Mountain for his annual Rail Jam Saturday, Dec. 30.
Registration takes place from 2-4 p.m, and the Louie Vito Rail Jam kicks off at 5 p.m. Every participant is guaranteed a prize, and one lucky winner will get an all-expenses-paid trip to Mount Hood next summer. Louie will be available for autographs from 3-4 p.m. Fireworks take place at 9:45 p.m and Trouble Andrew takes the stage at 10:15 p.m with a live show. Follow this link for the complete schedule.
New Year's Eve is Family Tubing Night, 6-9 p.m., with s’mores by a campfire, and the lifts will run until 3 a.m. Perpetual Madness rings in the New Year with live entertainment by the Ark Band taking place in the Loft with champagne toasts, noisemakers, and a big countdown.
This is the eighth year for Vito and his family hosting the charitable rail jam at his hometown hill. The entry fee is a non-perishable 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. He burst onto the snowboard scene in 2005 with big superpipe victories in New Zealand and Australia. Today he excels in all aspects of the sport: pipe, slope style, rails and back-country kickers. He’s probably best known for his technical expertise and back-to-back 1080s.
Mad River Mountain was featured in Snowboard magazine’s "Under the Radar" section last December. Mad River is rapidly becoming one of the hottest snowboarding areas in the Midwest. Of course, it doesn't hurt to have had Vito grow up in the area. He lives in Salt Lake City now, but the popular pro rider hasn’t forgotten his Heartland roots.