Abominable Snow Jam hits Mt. Hood


News staff writer

July 8, 2006

Many of the best snowboarders in the world will shred the summer snow of Timberline this weekend during the third annual Burton Abominable Snow Jam. The event, which will run from July 8-10, will feature a quarterpipe, halfpipe and slopestyle competition, where riders will compete for over $150,000 in prizes, including a Volvo C70, two Harley-Davidson motorcycles, two Ski-Doo snowmobiles and plenty of that good old cold hard cash.

Top name riders like Danny Davis, Danny Kass, Gretchen Bleiler, Hana Beaman, Kazuhiro Kokubo and Chad Otterstrom will throw down in what will be by far one one of the highest-level competitions to come to Oregon this year.

High Cascade Snowboard Camp will host the quarterpipe competition on Saturday and the halfpipe competition on Sunday. Both venues were designed by legendary park and pipe builder Pat Malendoski and his Planet Snow Design crew. The event will conclude on Monday with the slopestyle competition on a course built by the Timberline Resort park crew.

Tuesday and Wednesday are backup weather days, which shouldn’t be necessary since forecasts are calling for warm temperatures and mostly sunny skies all weekend.

The public is invited to turn out and watch the high flying action and enjoy the sun on the glacier, on-snow barbecues, music and more. Spectators can either walk from the parking lot to the event for free, purchase a hiker lift ticket for $12 or get a regular lift ticket (which allows ski/snowboarding and access to the Palmer chair) for $43.

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