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Vt. skiers and riders find snow in August

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BOLTON, Vt. -

Fresh off the rinks and headed for the rails, giving truth to the saying "one man's trash is another man's treasure."

"It's just going to sit there and melt, so we will turn it into a lot of fun," said Josh Arneson of the Bolton Valley Ski Resort.

Crews at Cairns Arena were happy to send off the snow down the interstate to Bolton Valley for winter enthusiasts who just can't wait!

"I wanted to get in some snowboarding before the real season," said Max Dipple of Shelburne. "This will be my fourth year (riding)."

It's called the Labor of Love Rail Jam. And the timing is appropriate, considering Labor Day is the unofficial end of summer. It's a five-year tradition.

"We've already had a couple of cool days out there. Some of the trees are starting to change. People are starting to think about it and the rail jam gets them psyched up," Arneson said.

Most of the competitors are locals looking to get in on some freshies, as they call it.

"Probably a backside lip slide," Dipple said. "Maybe backboard 27O out and a 180 50/50 180. Something."

It's called jibbing. There's no real science behind it. It's all about hitting the rail and looking good while doing it.

"These kids have not been on snow since April and they are coming out here going on this little patch of now," Arneson said. "This little rail and the trails they throw are just amazing."

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