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USASA Rail Jam slides into Oakledge Park

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BURLINGTON, Vt. -

The snow came Friday in Burlington, and it showed up on a flat bed truck.

Loads of the white stuff were smoothed down and shaped up to create an arena for the USASA Rail Jam.

"It's a national organization called the National United States Snowboard and Free Ski Association, said the group's Paige Manning.

Riders will bring their coolest tricks to the free style competition. "We've set up scaffolding. Kids will come down those like they're on the mountain, then they'll perform whatever tricks they have in their bag of tricks," Manning said.

USASA gets kids as young as two and as old as 90 involved with the competitive side of the sport. Many of the athletes get a competitive edge and ride on to bigger things -- like the Olympics. "Pretty much every U.S. rider has been involved in the USASA and has come up the ranks," Manning said.

This is the organization's first event of the season, and Manning said Burlington was the perfect location to draw attention. "People who don't come to the mountains don't see it and know what it's all about and it's great exposure for the kids who are out here riding," he said.

USASA hopes to have other events like this in more high profiles spaces like downtown Burlington, but Oakledge Park was the first step to see how a rail jam could hold up off mountain.

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