Thursday, November 3, 2005
Chris Smith, owner of Powder Pursuits snowboard shop, is out to prove that where there's a will, there's a way.
For the past three years, Smith has hosted the Powder Pursuits Rail Jam just outside his store in Ski Time Square. The event uses ice shavings from Howelsen Ice Arena to provide the "snow" base for the event.
"Last year, we had between 30 and 40 kids come out and ride the rail and just have some fun," Smith said. "It's a great way to get people psyched for the season."
But this year he hasn't been able to secure the snow he needs from the ice arena. He'll have to find a new source of snow to make the slick surface riders need for the Rail Jam.
By Thursday afternoon, Smith was planning to use a pickup to transport snow from Buffalo Pass to Ski Time Square. He also put in a request to the Steamboat Ski Area, and officials there told him he could use some of their man-made snow if temperatures were low enough to produce it.
"Right now it looks like a go," Smith said. "We are going to do everything possible to make this thing happen."
The Rail Jam is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. Saturday and is expected to last between three and four hours depending on how many riders attend. The event is open to everyone.
Smith said this weekend's weather could affect the event. If temperatures are too high or if he can't find enough snow to fill the track leading to the rail, the event might have to be postponed for a week.