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Boarders, skiers compete on snow at U of U

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SALT LAKE CITY-- Dozens of boarders and skiers hit the snow Wednesday, not in the mountains but at a parking lot at the University of Utah.

Twenty tons of snow was dumped on campus Wednesday morning for the Rail Jam Tour. It's an event that lets boarders and skiers sign up to compete and entertain the crowd with jumps, twists, and tricks.

Boarders, skiers compete on snow at U of U

One skier explained, "You slide the rails on your skis and break them, get dirty, get really dirty! You have to do tricks, keep it stylish."

Another said, "I think that you're supposed to try to get as hurt as possible."

The Cricket Wireless Rail Jam Tour brings the snow to the city in eight different states, including Boise, Idaho, San Diego, Calif. and Portland, Ore.

Spectator Mike White said, "It's bringing skiing and snowboarding into the city, and the kids are stoked."

The tour gives athletes a chance to show off and college students an opportunity to help out. Students are invited to help in producing and marketing the show, giving them real life experience. Students who don't participate behind the scenes or on the rail get to watch.

Another spectator, Michael Daniels, said, "It's cool. It'd be fun to do. I wouldn't be able to do it, though."

The kids who can do it get free items, like Spyder jackets and gear.

The Rail Jam Tour visits campuses across the country and spectators text in who they thought was best.

The finals will be in Oregon in April.


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