By the time the xB and tC were parked at the Mad River Lodge on Sunday, the resort was packed: weekenders from Columbus and die-hard locals alike were cramming in runs before sloughing back to the weekday hustle. As the home mountain to Louie Vito, Xgames competitor, Olympian and Dancing with the Stars stud, Mad River always rolls out the red carpet in style. The Snow Tour Event coincided with a local breast cancer research and awareness effort called Snow Angels, and it was raising money to help with the cause.

The features: 5 down rails, 1 double kink, a lift tower, and 2 fun boxes

The Event: 

Both the Angels and Team Scionara posted up in the Lodge, signing people up for the Road Trip Raffle to win a Signal board and some Roxy gear. On the hill, Matt Guess and I were working to raise awareness for snowboarders desperately in need of new gear. And donations were flowing free in the form of hardway BS 180s on the lift tower tube, front boards on the down rail and cab 270s on the fun box.

Best trick winner Cody Hines. Hardway BS 180 switch 5050 to SW BS 180 out. That's a lot of numbers. Good thing Cody's a math genius.


The view from the top. I walked up here to get the competitor perspective, but mostly to keep my legs from freezing off.

We ran an hour-long open format rail jam, judging riders and skiers on trick quantity (# of tricks landed), technicality, difficulty and variety. We always unofficially judge based on bribes, too, but for some reason, no one ever takes us seriously.

One of our skiing friends. 270 out.


Here are the winners:

Cody Hines: Best Trick
Stephanie Grabor: Best Lady Boarder 
Jeremy Collier: Best Ski
Dallas Ball: BEST in SNOW (1st place)

Dallas walked away with a ’13 Signal Snowboard, Signal Outerwear, Celsius Boots, and a Scion Snow Tour Snowflake Trophy by A Graham of Glass. The other winners are now the proud owners of Signal hats and hoodies and a bag full o’ Scion gear. Congratulations to all the winners!


As usual, Mad River put on another great event. The sun blasted and the fun lasted all day thanks to the park crew, The Snow Angels and all the great Snow Tour sponsors: SCION, Signal Snowboards, Celsius Boots and A Graham of Glass. 

Thanks to everyone who came out to hang with us. It was another great event, and we can’t wait to see you all again next season. Live free and ride hard!