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'Downtown Open' rail jam brings snowboarders, skiers to Civic Center Park this Saturday

Posted at 1:32 PM, Feb 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-17 15:32:01-05

DENVER – If you want to see some professional skiers and snowboarders ski and ride downtown Denver this weekend, you’re in luck.

The Civic Center Conservancy and Pacifico are hosting the “Downtown Open” this Saturday evening – a rail jam competition that will feature a 90-foot slopestyle course, a beer garden, food trucks and live music.

The event is free, but all proceeds from the concessions and food trucks will go back to the Civic Center Conservancy so it can put on more events this year in the heart of Denver.

Organizers of the event say they have verbal commitments from a dozen skiers and riders, including some from Colorado and with Olympic and X-Games experience. Among the athletes already announced are Utah freestyle skier Tom Wallisch.

There will be two winners of the rail jam – one snowboarder and one skier – which will both receive trips to the Summer X Games 2020 in Minneapolis.

The event starts at 5 p.m. and runs through 10 p.m., with music from SoDown and Option4 to close out the night.

Road closures for the event will start Thursday, Feb. 20. Bannock Street will be closed from Thursday through Monday, organizers said. For more information on the event, click here.