On July 24th, entries will open for the Burton Cattleman’s Rail Jam, held at Mt Buller resort in Victoria, Australia. This is the 15th year the event has taken place, making it Australia’s longest-running snowboard contest.
In a usual season, Cattleman’s Rail Jam takes place on a legendary three-piece stair set located at the heart of Mt Buller ski resort. For one night of the year, this unassuming staircase becomes a stage for the most talented snowboarders in the Southern Hemisphere to throw down their best tricks. All eyes in snowboarding watch this event to be a way for young athletes to get noticed and kickstart their professional snowboarding careers.
“Cattleman’s legacy is undeniable, and it’s a staple in Australian snowboard culture… This iconic piece of metal brings the community together for one night of snowboarding in it’s purest form – mayhem,” says Alex Dillenbeck, Assistant Brand Manager of Burton Snowboards Australia.
Highlights from the 2019 Cattleman’s Rail Jam
This year, due to event restrictions concerning the coronavirus pandemic, the famous rail jam is moving online. Competitors will ride a Cattleman’s-inspired feature in the Mt Buller terrain park and can submit up to 10 tricks to the event’s online portal. According to the event description, the exact setup is yet to be released, but it “includes multiple hit options including a down rail, down-flat-down and close out rail.” Riders will have a two-week window to film and upload their clips, which a panel of experts will then judge.
Entries open on July 24th and close on August 8th. This moved from the originally proposed dates due to a mandatory 5-day lockdown initiated by the Australian government to control an outbreak of COVID-19 in the region.
Follow the event on the online platform or watch highlights from Burton Australia on Instagram. Winners of the AUD 16,000 prize money will be announced on August 8th.