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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.


photo_18644_630x-1_0Did you miss out on Ski Dazzle in Chicago this past weekend?  Shame!  I did too… school calls.  Fortunately, Freeskier ventured to the Midwest and wrapped up the event info.  Check out the whole story at  From the sound of it, fun was had by all.  The rail jam turned out bigger than expected and a break dancing comp took place.  Though they can’t seem to get over the fact that Midwesterners still rock the tall tees.


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.

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.



For those that are still convinced that cool ski-related events remain out west, it is time that you stand corrected.  The Windy City Ski and Snowboard Show takes place just west of Chicago on October 23, 24 and 25.  The event, being held at the Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel and Convention Center, is the newest ski and snowboard show to hit the Midwest.  Top manufacturer reps from the industry will be on hand to ask any burning questions you may have.  A few pro skier and snowboarder appearances are also a guarantee.  $1 million in quality discount skis and gear will be available for purchase, some of it up to 70% off… that’s quite a bit of gear to sift through.  The event’s also got thousands of prizes and lift tickets up for grabs.  And the Southern Region Ski Patrol is putting on “The Big Swap” for your old ski equipment.  Admission is $12.  For more information check out Windy City Ski and Snowboard Show.

October 17th- Northern Illinois will be getting some pre-season action.  Raging Buffalo Snowboard and Ski Park is hosting the 2nd annual South Side Rail Jam in the parks of Homewood Illinois (just outside of Chicago).  The good folks of Raging Buffalo are trucking in snow and ice chips (super fun to ride on!) and bringing in their boxes and rails.  Not only is it a chance to get back out on some park set-ups, but also the jam is free to enter.  There may be ‘Best Trick’ but this rail jam is mostly a chance to ride and hang with those that love to ride too.  Check out the event on FACEBOOK for more details.10134_1142688123280_1109784512_30414278_3096452_n