It started in a parking lot. Now it's headed to the heart of town.

It started in a parking lot. Now it's headed to the heart of town.

The annual rail jam founded by Aspen Ski and Board Co. and Mad River Mountain will overtake LC Pavilion for 10 hours of shredding by Midwestern pros and local hucksters awaiting the first snow.

The Capital event runs 1-11 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 6. Tickets cost $20.

"It's a huge step up from what we've ever done," said Ty Morris, shop manager at Aspen Ski and Board Co. "We started it in the parking lot behind our shop three years ago. Since then, it's continually grown."

Even when the session moved from the shop to Antrim Park, it remained a smaller event mostly for diehard skiers and snowboarders willing to hone their skills on any slippery spot they could find.

Homemade rails were perched atop snow collected via pick-up truck from local ice rinks. One year, shop employees had to drive to Cincinnati twice in one day to amass a deep enough pile.

This year's jam is bigger and better - a draw even for those who couldn't tell a snow angel from a stomp pad.

Along a skinny strip of the LC's natural outdoor slope, Mad River will place hand-crafted rails, ramps, boxes and other features, which riders can hit to make the sickest trick. The Zanesfield resort will puree 40 tons of ice in a machine designed to create snow for movie sets.

Ohio Olympian Louis Vito will join other pros and local young riders eager to attempt their first grind. Open sessions and competitions will run throughout the day.

"There will be something for everyone," Morris said. "We want the kid who's never done rails to be able to do it. Then there will be a feature for pros, and that's what they'll judge on."

Live bands and DJs will choreograph on-slope action, as well as a fashion show featuring outerwear from Roxy and Quicksilver.

"To have it in downtown Columbus is awesome," said Brian Papworth, Mad River's marketing and events director. "It's something that will bring a spotlight to the ski and snowboard industry for the whole area."

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