Hot dogs, hand rails and a whole lot of fun on Saturday at Bear Mountain

More than 40 professional snowboarders will be competing Saturday during Bear Mountain's 10th annual Hot Dawgz and Hand Rails. (Bear Mountain photo)

More than 40 professional snowboarders will be competing Saturday during Bear Mountain’s 10th annual Hot Dawgz and Hand Rails. (Bear Mountain photo)

Snow in September? It’s definitely in the forecast at the 10th annual Hot Dawgz and Hand Rails competition Saturday at Bear Mountain.

More than 40 top professional snowboarders are scheduled to take part, and they will compete for $15,000 in cash prizes.

The men’s first place winner will be awarded $10,000 and the women’s first place will take home $1,000. The jibber with the best trick will receive $500. Both men and women’s first place finishers and the best trick winner will be presented with customized iPad Minis, which will serve as their digital trophy. Provided courtesy of Fusion of Ideas, the iPad Minis will display the digital checks and headshots of winners. These winners also will take home go-pro cameras customized by Fusion of Ideas.

Since the skies likely will be clear, the event will take place on 140 tons of man-made snow and will include urban-style steel features, which will be available for the public to ride in the Red Bull Plaza at Bear Mountain this winter season.

“From up-and-comers to seasoned riders, the 10th anniversary lineup is bigger and better than ever,” says Rio Tanbara, Bear Mountain’s director of marketing. “Each year, riders take the contest to a new level, and we can’t wait to see what new tricks they have in store.”

The event will showcase the talents of Bear Mountain professional team riders Dylan Alito, Zak Hale, Brandon Hobush, Desiree Melancon and Scotty Vine, among dozens of other top riders. Judges include Chris Bradshaw, Joe Sexton, Scott Stevens, JP Walker and special guest snowboard legend Dave Downing.

Gates open at 9 a.m. Diversions include DJs, dozens of vendors giving away prizes and, of course, lots of hot dogs. On the menu is a special hot dog deal, which includes a hot dog, chips and a domestic beer for $10.

The band Five Knives will perform on the Red Bull tour bus. Recently named an MTV2 Artist to Watch, Five Knives toured with the Smashing Pumpkins in 2012 and is a featured artist on the 2013 Vans Warped Tour.

The competition will begin at 2 p.m. and may be viewed from Bear Mountain’s 13,000-square-foot deck and Beach Bar.


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