Archives for category: Rail Jam

Two city blocks in beautiful, majestic, best city in the United States downtown Madison, Wisconsin will play host to several events and rail jams during the Downtown Throwdown February 18 through 20.  A team challenge will take Friday night, in which any recognized shop or team rider can compete in a 2-person team challenge.  A rail jam will take place Saturday and consist of 5 heats of 20 riders with 3 to 4 riders advancing from each heat, followed by semi-finals and finals, aka the Downtown Throwdown will consist of lots of skiing! (and snowboarding).  And to wrap the weekend of shredding up, Sunday there will be a JibCamp with top ams helping out with tricks.  This event is part of Madison’s Winter Festival.


This weekend (Jan. 27 through 30) in the heart of Chicago, the Snow Days Chicago Rail Jam at Navy Pier is going down.  As the title suggests, the rail jam is taking place on Chicago’s Navy Pier as part of Snow Days ChicagoRaging Snowboard Ski Park and Mayor Daley’s office is hosting the event- a true community effort.  Aside from the rail jam, Snow Days also features a few out-of-the-box things, like a national snow sculpting competition and dog sled demonstrations.

20 tons of imported snow will make its way to the shores of lake Mendota in Madison, Wis on Thursday, November 11, 2010.  The 2nd Annual Terrace Rail Jam will be held on the University of Wisconsin’s Memorial Union Terrace.  Unfortunately’s 10-day outlook predicts similar weather conditions as last year: 52 degrees and rain showers.  However, according to the UW Hoofers, “This event is going to be HUGE! Don’t miss out on incredible riding, free swag, great music, and a taste of how amazing the 2010-11 winter season is going to be!”



Snow is coming early in Illinois, at the 3rd Annual South Side Snow Rail Jam.  The jam takes place Oct. 23 at Millennium Park in Homewood, Ill.  Five dollars to enter, helmets required.  “We bring the snow; you bring the skills or just come out and enjoy the show,” says the H-F Parks District website.

A day of free food and free freeskiing is a win win.  Devils Head Resort in Portage, Wisc., will host an open rail jam on Saturday, Nov. 28.  Top three finishers will be rewarded with prizes.  Join the Facebook event for more info, updates will be sent out if the weather continues to be uncooperative and there is no snow

Skiers and snowboarders will be shredding the University of Wisconsin- Madison campus Thursday, Nov. 12, 5 p.m. until 8 p.m.  The Wisconsin Hoofers, a student activities club, is hosting a rail jam at The Memorial Union Terrace on the shores of Lake Mendota.  Hoofer’s inspiration?  “A growing crowd of freestyle skiers and snowboarders out there who love showing off their talent.”  Registration is $25 at


The Chicago Ski and Snowboard Expo, otherwise known as Ski Dazzle, goes down this weekend, November 6, 7 and 8.   The traveling show’s Chi-Town stop will feature hundreds of booths displaying ski retailers and resorts throughout North America.  This year’s expo also includes a rail jam.  Rail jam entry fee is $35, which includes a ticket to the show, space is limited though, so signing up asap is wise.  Prizes from the jam range from gear to team sponsorships.  Freeskier Magazine, out of Boulder, Colo., will be covering the event.  Side note: a purchased regular admission ticket comes with a free lift ticket to Shanty Creek Resort, a hill in Northern Michigan.  Start kicking off the Midwest season and check for more info on this event.


ACT FAST!  Friday, November 23 3-9pm the Greenhouse Coffee Co. in Whitewater, Wisconsin and The Board Shop in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin are hosting the Fresh Brew Rail Jam.  The event will take place at the Greenhouse Coffee Co. on Main St. in Whitewater.  The competition will feature separate divisions for skiing and snowboarding with 1st – 3rd place announcements along with best trick.  To compete you need to sign up ahead of time by calling The Board Shop at (262)248-1703– they’re only taking 30 riders total.  Entry fee is $20 for students, otherwise it’s $30 and a “promo bag of goodies” comes with entry.

The event will also feature a DJ, BEER TENT, product toss and onsite reps.

Half off drinks downtown at Pumpers and Mitchells after the comp!

Check out the EVENT of facebook, otherwise contact Colleen, or (262)473-5151.

Raging Buffalo Snowboard and Ski Park hosted the second annual Southside Rail Jam this past Saturday.  The slushy mud-fest took place on a sunny afternoon.  Skies were blue, temperatures mild, and vibes positive as Midwesterners flocked to the Chicago area for some much needed preseason rail time.  Along with a heap of snow, Raging Buffalo brought in one of their flattop rails, a wide box and a narrow box.  The drop-in and surrounding park remained snowless.  The event was open riding.



The Cricket Campus Rail Jam Tour is currently rooted out west; but in reverse settler fashion, there are intentions to spread east.  Although the tour was scheduled to make stops at Northwestern University and the University of Wisconsin- Madison this October, financial restrictions from sponsors have put these destinations on pause until fall 2010.  According to a post by CRJT on, “[CRJT was] ready to make the trek and crush the Midwest with our new events, unfortunately some of our partners we’re not.”

The goal of this grassroots snow sports movement is to promote the amateur ski and snowboard scene.  The set-up takes place right on campus, transported snow and all.  The tour aims “to provide you with a well-rounded event, utilizing creative rail features, jamz you can dance to, ridiculous post-shred partying, and an overall awesome experience.”  Unfortunately, unless you’re privileged enough to attend school out west, you’re going to have to hold tight for yet another year.  You can learn more about the tours at

Also, check the conversation on newschoolers to hear what some Midwesterners had to say on this topic.