Louie Vito, the 2009 Grand Prix overall champion, is coming to Ohio's Mad River Mountain for his annual Louie Vito Rail Jam at 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 26. What better way to spend the holidays? For a snowboarder this is like a visit from Santa.
Vito, who grew up in nearby Bellefontaine, Ohio, began riding on the 300-foot hill at an early age with his dad, Louie Sr. Early talent brought him to Stratton Mountain School in Vermont for high school. He burst on the snowboard scene in 2005 with big super pipe victories in New Zeeland and Australia. Today 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 is the sixth year for Vito 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 to ride with one of the world's superstar pro riders.
Musical entertainment will be provided by the Skratchmatik Crew. After his appearance on Dancing With The Stars, who knows, Louie might even dance.
MRM is featured in Snowboard magazine. The area appears in the "Under the Radar" section in the December issue. They are rapidly becoming one of the hottest snowboarding areas in the Midwest. Of course, it doesn't hurt to have had Vito growing up in the area. He lives in Salt Lake City now, but the popular pro rider hasn't forgotten his Heartland roots