When it comes to snowboarding, going down is usually a bad thing, unless you’re talking about going down south. For the second year in a row, the event at Ober Gatlinburg, TN was, once again, filled with good rides and great slides on the region’s hardest-earned patch of Smoky Mountain snow.

As usual, the Scionara crew was holding down the  Snow Tour tent next to the Ober lodge while a Party Rocker Anthem flash mob sprung up in front of DJ Dan tha Man’s tent. Me? I was sliding sideways through that springy southern slush I love so much.



The park was so much fun. Bryant and the Ober park crew killed it, as usual, setting up handrails while riders set down hammers. Once the Snow Tour contest kicked off at 3 p.m., riders and skiers sessioned the down rails and corrugated tubes for 30 minutes. After that, we picked out the top 4 riders to battle it out in a game of S.N.O.W. on the double-barrel down rail.




Here’s the rail before the game started: It had no idea what was about to happen.






All 4 snatched up Signal swag and Scion prize packs, but the overall winner walked away with a ’13 Signal board, Signal outerwear, Celsius boots and a ’12 Scion Snow Tour Snowflake trophy by Graham of Glass.

After the event, we all dropped in to the Smoky Mountain Brewery in downtown Gatlinburg for the after party sponsored by Old Smoky Moonshine. Of-age Snow Tourists sampled moonshine while the  younger competitors chomped on burgers and fries.

Here’s a list of all the winners at Ober Gatlinburg Ski Resort in TN:
Best Skier: Dan
Best Trick: Kevin
4th place: Danny
3rd place: Drew Dickerson
2nd place: Thomas Ferguson
1st place, BEST in SNOW: Sean Panella

Congrats to all the winners (although we’re sorry for those of you living without last names)!

Once again, thanks to Ober Gatlinburg Ski Resort (including Bryant, the park crew and ski patrol), all of the Snow Tour Sponsors (Signal Snowboards, Celsius Boots, Graham of Glass, SCION!), and all the riders and skiers who love the snow as much as we do!

You are the Snow Tour. See you next year!