The 7th Annual Burton Cattleman's Rail Jam will draw the top snowboarding jibbers in the country to Mt Buller this Saturday night - 14th July.
The 7th year of the competition brings a new event format designed to encourage Australia's up-and-coming snowboard talent to get involved in this iconic event on the winter calendar.
Previously an exclusive 'invite only' event the 2012 Cattleman's Rail Jam will unfold as an open event with qualifiers taking place throughout the day on the Burton Cattleman's Replica Stair Set, located in the Skyline Frank MBP Terrain Park. Riders can register on the day at Freeride in the Village at 9am, however spots are strictly limited to 60.
The top 10 qualifiers from the morning's heats will compete against previous competition winners under lights on Mt Buller's famed Cattleman's Rail in the Village Square for a share of $7000 worth of prize money.
Last year's winner Jye Kearney as well as 2010 champion Tom Pelley are both set to return this year and are hot contenders for the big money again this year. They are the only two riders guaranteed entry into the competition ahead of the try outs on Friday. Other noteworthy competitors include Mt Buller local and Burton Australia team rider Cam Staveley who is set to qualify, as well as snowboarding veteran Pete Long.
Mt Buller current has between 34 - 72cms of good cover and 14 lifts in operation for what has been a busy school holiday period. Snow showers are forecast on Friday and into Saturday arriving on cue to deliver a dusting of fresh snow for the competition.
The Burton Cattleman's Rail Jam is a unique competition using the Village staircase in the heart of Mt Buller's alpine Village Square and attracts a big spectator crowd for the under-lights spectacular. The riders perform tricks on the 45 degree angled stair rail and put on an incredible show of freestyle tricks and technical jibbing as they vie for the big prize purse and the glory of holding the Cattleman's Rail title.
Burton Cattleman's Rail Jam partners include Transfer Snowboard Magazine, the Frank MBP Terrain Park, Mt Buller, Contour, Corona, Anon Optics and Red Protection.