Burlington, VT – On June 17th-19th, Timberline Resort on Mt. Hood, OR will once again host the second annual Burton Abominable Snow Jam. The invitational event will bring together 60 of snowboarding’s top riders to compete in quarterpipe, halfpipe and slopestyle for over $100,000 in cash and prizes, including a new Volvo V50.
Burton created the Abominable Snow Jam in 2004 with a laid-back feel in mind so that riders, campers and industry folk could gather for some summertime fun on the glacier. In its first year, the Abominable Snow Jam proved to be a huge success-riders left with pockets full of loot for the summer and campers were stoked to see their snowboarding icons compete in person.
For this year’s Abominable Snow Jam, the traditional format has been done away with. Instead, each discipline will run two mini sessions with twenty competitors each. Five competitors from each mini session will win cash prizes and advance to the finals. Of the final ten, one winner will be chosen and take home the top prize for that event. The overall winner of the Abominable Snow Jam will drive away in a new Volvo. Other awards include Highest Air for quarterpipe and Best Trick for both quarterpipe and halfpipe.
Riders are in the process of confirming attendance, and the event anticipates a great turnout. To date over 40 riders have confirmed, including last year’s overall champion Travis Rice as well as Ross Powers, Marc Frank, Kazu Kokubo, Gretchen Bleiler, Kelly Clark and many more. With its chill atmosphere, generous prize purse and surprise appearances from the event’s Abominable Snowman mascot, the event instantly became a rider favorite, and competitors are stoked to come back again.
“The Abominable Snow Jam is a really fun contest,” says Kelly Clark. “Since it is out of the regular season contest schedule there is no pressure and it is really relaxed.” Soon to become tradition, the camps on Mt. Hood host a portion of the event. On June 17th, the quarterpipe will go down at High Cascade Snowboard Camp (HCSC), on June 18th, the halfpipe takes place at Windell’s and Timberline will host the slopestyle event on June 19th. June 20th will serve as the tentative rain date in case the clouds roll in.
“Once again, Burton pulls through with one of the best events in snowboarding,” says High Cascade’s Kevin English. “The Abominable Snow Jam is all about real snowboarding and real fun, and we’re stoked it has become an annual event. Last summer we had Terje Haakonsen, Travis Rice and a bunch of other legendary riders going huge on High Cascade’s massive quarterpipe. It’s great for the campers to see the pros having fun doing what they do.”
As always, spectators are welcome and encouraged to come out to Mt. Hood for the Abominable Snow Jam. Don’t miss out on the summer riding and a chance to hang out with snowboarding pros from around the world. For all of you campers, a BBQ will take place on June 16th at Windell’s and June 17th at HCSC. And for the athletes, welcome parties will take place on Friday, June 17th at the Ratskellar and Saturday, June 18th at Charlie’s, both located in Government Camp a few miles down the hill from Mt. Hood.
A big thanks goes out to Burton Snowboards, Timberline Resort, Windell’s Snowboard Camp, High Cascade Snowboard Camp, Volvo, Motorola, Sobe, Tylenol and Paul Mitchell for supporting the Abominable Snow Jam.
Check out www.abominablesnowjam.com for a list of confirmed riders, lodging information and updates on the event.