You can always count on Wild Mountain to be one of the first ski areas to open in the Heartland.  Last season they opened in late October, which they've done before.  This season Wild has already scheduled the first rail jam of the new season for Saturday, Oct. 31.  Grab your skis or snowboard, the pumpkin, and head to the slopes.

"We did this last season and had a great response," according to Wild VP Amy Frischmon.  "People came out in costumes.  There was a lot of spirit and everyone had a good time.  They were happy to see the season underway that early, and we plan on doing it again."

It's the first Am Thrash event of the year.  Events throughout the season are alternated between Wild and Hyland Park. You can pre-register online for $15, or pay $20 on site.  It all starts at 1 p.m.  There will be prizes for best trick, best crash, and everything in between.  Both snowboarders and skiers welcome.  There also will be prizes for the coolest costumes.

Wild, with a 300-foot vertical drop, 20 plus runs, a terrain park, the Soaring Eagle halfpipe, four chairlifts, and two surface tows, has been serving Minnesota skiers and riders for over 30 years.  The area overlooks the scenic St. Croix River valley along the Minnesota/Wisconsin border, less than an hour away from the Twin Cities.

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