PLACES: New Year’s Eve Rockin’ Rail Jam and Torchlight Parade

By Beacon Staff

Kick off your New Year’s Eve celebration with big air and explosions during the Fifth Annual New Year’s Eve Rockin’ Rail Jam, which includes fireworks and a torchlight parade at Whitefish Mountain Resort.

This is an event built for spectators as much as the participants. For nearly two hours, watch as snowboarders and skiers bomb custom rail features at the bottom of Ed’s Run. The contest is designed to showcase tricks and big air. For spectators, there is no break in the action between riders. The rail jam is broken up into separate classes. There is a $750 cash purse for the open class.

Also this year, join in the “Dash for Cash” race hosted by Bayern Brewing and Face Plant Lager. Navigate an obstacle course to get your gloves on $100.

After the judged jam session, stick around for the torchlight parade and fireworks. After the lights are shut off, skiers snake down the slopes at the resort carrying torches. As the parade reaches the end, fireworks erupt over the snow-covered vista. The event is truly a sight to behold.

How to get there: From downtown Whitefish take Baker Avenue over the train tracks. Baker Avenue becomes Wisconsin Avenue. Continue on Wisconsin. Turning right, take Big Mountain Road up the mountain.

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