05 February 2009

Snowboarders take over Manhattan's LES

Olympic medalist, Shaun White, and other professional snowboarders will show off their sweet moves this afternoon in Manhattan's East River Park. Red Bull erected a 90-foot ramp in the city's LESish park and beginning at 6 p.m. tonight, 16 world-class snowboarders will compete for a cash prize (yeah, I know, like they need it). Red Bull Snowscrapers will use jams by Anthrax, Black Gold and Valiant Thorr (all of which will take the stage and perform live) to serenade the extreme boarders.

The event is free and "doors" open at 3 p.m. today, February 5. If you can't make it to the competition, visit RedBullSnowscrapers.com to watch it live.

If you are not into just watching some big-headed, yet very talented, snowboarders shred down a ramp, East River Park (FDR Drive and Houston Street) will also host Winter Jam NYC on Saturday, February 7 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Along with live entertainment by Apollo Run and Dujeous (among other bands and musicians) Winter Jam will feature a 70-foot long Snow Flume for sledding, a winter snowfield with snowshoeing and cross-country skiing, a snow sculpture contest, a Warming Hut with free samples from N.Y. State farmers and producers, and performances from the high flying Skyriders. This is free, too, so all it will cost to check it out is a subway ride.

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