Louie Vito, the new wave of snowboarding and the 2008 Grand Prix overall champion, is coming to Ohio's Mad River Mountain for his annual Louie Vito Rail Jam Saturday, Dec.. 27 at 5 p.m.  

Vito, who grew up in nearby Bellefontaine, Ohio, began riding on the 300-foot hill at an early age with his dad Louie, Sr.  Showing talent at an early age he attended Stratton Mountain Academy in Vermont and burst on the snowboard scene in 2005 with big superpipe victories in New Zeeland and Australia.  He excels in all aspects of the sport; pipe, slope style, rails, and backcountry kickers.  He's probably best known for his technical expertise and back-to-back 1080s.

This popular pro rider makes the Midwest proud, and he hasn't forgotten his Heartland roots.  This is the fourth year for hosting the charitable rail jam at his hometown hill.  The entry fee is a nonperishable food item that is donated to the local food pantry.  What a small price to pay for riding with one of the world's superstar pro riders.

Mad River, while not big even by Midwest standards, has been serving Ohio and Indiana skiers for over 40 years, and during that time has taught more than a half-million Hoosier and Buckeyes to ski and ride- including Vito. 

The area is 100-percent covered with snowmaking and trails; midseason they often will be covered with snow depths ranging between three and five feet.  With 120 skiable acres, 22 tree-lined trails, five chairlifts, three surface tows and, of course, a terrain park, Mad River delivers solid skiing and riding for those located in the Lower Midwest.