Western Montana shredders aren't waiting for ski areas to open to celebrate winter. A shred fest brings snow and rails to Missoula this weekend.
The Treasure State Shred Fest, put on by Burton Snowboard and Edge of the World, comes Oct. 22 to Caras Park in Missoula. Lost Trail Powder Mountain supplies the features for snowboarders to ride in the rail jam. But even though snow is creeping down in the high elevations of the Northern Rockies, the snow for the event is machine-made.
"We get the snow from Missoula Glacier Ice Rink. A dump truck picks up about 20 yards of snow, and we use human labor carrying garbage can loads to put it in the right spot," Event Coordinator James Fleege said.
Check out the action from last year's shred fest, courtesy of this Vimeo video by Will Moss:
This year, Lost Trail once again brings in the features for the shred fest. Two of the new rails for the resort this winter will have their debut at the festival. Features for this year's Shred Fest include a 20-foot stair set with a down rail on one side and a 12-inch box on the bottom followed by an A-frame quarter pipe.
The festival rounds up 50 riders to show off for the crowds while three DJs play music. Product and ski area booths, prizes, food carts, and beverages add to the party atmosphere. Two Burton pro riders will be on-hand to meet people. Raffle ticket winners can walk home with a Lost Trail or Whitefish Mountain Resort pass or a Burton snowboard.
The event takes place 4:30 -10 p.m. Admission for spectators is free. Snowboarders must register for the rail jam by Oct. 18 and pay a $10 entry fee.