Louie Vito, the 2009 Grand Prix overall champion and 2010 Olympian, is coming to Ohio's Mad River Mountain for his annual Louie Vito Rail Jam Saturday, Dec. 26.
Registration takes place at noon and the event kicks off at 3 p.m. Every participant is guaranteed a prize, and one lucky winner will get an all-expense paid trip to Mount Hood next summer.
This is the seventh year Vito hosts the charitable rail jam at his hometown hill. The entry fee is 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. He burst on 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 was featured in last December's Snowboard magazine, in the "Under the Radar" section. Nice press. They are 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.