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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.




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.

The time has come; fall semester at Winona State University commences at the end of this week. FINALLY!  Although this blog was being done as an ongoing project, I grew to love it.  I was writing about something I enjoyed and I was able to immerse myself in the news of this sport and all this counted as “school work.”  And though this is end of the assignment, it may not be the end of posts from me.  So as I take a break from this blog, KEEP REPPIN’ THE MIDWEST AND LIVIN’ IT UP!

YES!  That actually happened amidst the tropical weather that’s going on in Wisconsin.  Dedicated skiers and snowboarders that have been anticipating the start of the 2009-2010 season finally got their fix.  Tyrol plans to have enough snow made by next weekend to open a lift.

The time has come; ski season in the Midwest is upon us!  Tyrol Basin in Mt Horeb, Wis., has opened!  The hill opened a box and rail-filled hike only trail with a six to twelve inch base.  For the time being, the run is only open this weekend from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.  However, as temps continue to drop more runs will have snow.

Freeskier magazine has posted the finalist videos for the annual Salomon Backyard Jib contest.  The setups and skills these skiers whip out further proves that massive elevations aren’t necessary for honing the park skillZ.  In some cases snow isn’t even needed… which just so happens to suit the Midwest perfectly at this time!  Check out the four finalists on

As Thanksgiving weekend approaches I cannot help but reminisce.  My thoughts drift back to all the wonderful opening days spent skiing during this weekend.  In particular, I am reminded of an opening weekend when I was 16.  Being an inexperienced driver it’s hard to forget that time in late November when it was necessary to drive through “blizzard-like conditions” just to ski the first traces of snow of the year.  Now, as I sit writing this and wearing moccasins (sans socks!) and one of my lighter North Faces, I crave a weekend of skiing decked out in goggles and winter jackets.

As of Tuesday, November 24, 2009 at 10:54 a.m. the snowcam at Tyrol Basin in Mt. Horeb Wis., had roughly a two yard-wide trace of created snow at the bottom of the hill and snowguns lined the entire length of the bunnyhill- a sure sign that indeed there is hope.  So, this weekend, as my fingers remain crossed that snow is in the near future, I will enjoy my food and family-filled Thanksgiving without skiing.

K2 Factory Team member and sick freeskier Seth Morrison didn’t always call Colorado home.  Morrison was actually born in Des Plaines, Ill., where his grandfather taught him how to ski down a sledding hill.  Seth later moved up to the Madison, Wis., area before heading out to the Great State at age 10.  Check his “On The Couch” interview with Freeskier TV, not only is it him describing his ski-bum lifestyle, but there’s some classic early ‘90s footage… and all enjoy reliving that decade!

Last January a few of Salomon’s team riders, Simon Dumont included, made it to Spirit Mountain in Northern Minnesota and threw down in the park with some locals.  Spirit was one of the 20 worldwide stops made by Jib Academy.

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