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Snow shipped in to Easton in preparation for snowboarding competition

By Catherine Hawley, Reporter, news@wfmz.com
Published On: Feb 10 2012 06:00:00 PM CST
Updated On: Feb 10 2012 10:05:57 PM CST

The lack of snow on the ground isn't keeping the city of Easton from transforming into a snowboarder's paradise.

EASTON, Pa. -

The lack of snow on the ground isn't keeping the city of Easton from transforming into a snowboarder's paradise. The Red Bull Buttercup Rail Jam is taking over Centre Square for a second year.

Crews were hard at work constructing the massive drop in ramp for the event.

"The drop in ramp is twice the size, last year it was 8 feet this year its 16 do it's definitely a step up," explained Guido Martelli with Jack Frost Big Boulder.

One shovel-full at a time Easton High Schoolers worked to cover 180 feet of downtown with snow trucked in from Jack Frost Big Boulder Ski Area.

"We're shipping in four truckloads of snow from Big Boulder," explained Drinky's owner Greg Melhem. "Eighty tons of snow were shipping in."

The streets were shut down at 4PM so set up could start, and they'll keep moving the snow until it's 12 to 18 inches deep.

"Tonight, I don't think we have an end time you know, we're just gonna work until it's where we want it to be," said Mertelli.

Once the course is completely set up, workers will actually cover it in rock salt. They say it will melt the snow just enough overnight to pack it and make it firm. Promising to be bigger and better in its second year, the event will have bleachers, sponsors and a cash prize for the winner. Registration starts Saturday at noon with 100 slots open for snowboarders who think they have what it takes.

"There's a bus of kids coming in from Temple, busses from other colleges are coming, professionals, amateurs," said Melhem.

The Red Bull Butter Cup Rail Jam is actually a stop on a national competition tour where everyone must do maneuvers on butter pads.

"Kinda like spreading on butter, it's like what you do with your snowboard, so it's a lot of spinning and you know pressing, what they call it when you lean on your tail or your nose," explained Mertelli.

Organizers expect about 10,000 people to come out and watch. The event is set to start Saturday at 2PM.