AZ Snowbowl

3rd Rail Jam Hits The Slopes Of Arizona Snowbowl

Combine equal parts live hip-hop music, art, fashion, technology, culture and snow sport, and what unique concoction is left brewing in one of the lucky six cities?

The 3rd Rail Jam.

3rd Rail Jam is a grassroots snow sport competition where participants and attendees take part in a mixture of urban culture and adrenaline — unlike any event held on various slopes across the nation — and it’s coming to Flagstaff, AZ.

This year marks the 4th annual event where skiers and snowboarders attempt tricks on and off nontraditional railings — including tires & stairwells.

Simultaneously, hip-hop music will be pulsating through the mountain as graffiti artists add a bit more visual vibrancy to the already lively atmosphere. Oh, and don’t forget to crowd around the catwalk for the fashion show and catch the break dancers, too.

Originated by Patrick Hession and Timmy Grins, the 3rd Rail Jam all began on the slopes of Mountain Creek in Vernon, New Jersey — aiming to slap the snow sport industry across its figurative face and shake things up a bit, to “upset the setup.”

Arizonans, are you interested? Well, the 3rd Rail Jam will be making a stop on their nationwide tour at Arizona Snowbowl in Flagstaff, AZ on Feb. 5, 2011. Gift of Gab of Blackalicious is confirmed as the live hip-hop artist for the Snowbowl event.

The other cities on the tour include Chicago, Denver, Boise, Los Angeles and Beech Mountain in North Carolina.

Participants can take part in one of four divisions including ages 15 and under, women, best of breed and skiers. Skiers and snowboarders are judged on style/composure, consistency, use of the entire course, creativity, magnitude of tricks and attitude.

But wait; there’s more.

Of every $25 paid to enter the competition, $5 goes to Amped 4-A-Cure, a non-profit organization aimed to “raise funds to support cancer research through the universal language of music.” The money raised goes towards many organizations and research facilities — including The American Association for Cancer Research — specializing in medical advancements of different types of cancer, according to Amped 4-A-Cure’s website.