On Saturday, Ski + Board in Central Park

Feeling Olympic? NYC churns out fresh (fake!) snow for Winter Jam '10

By Elizabeth Bougerol
|  Thursday, Feb 4, 2010  |  Updated 2:01 PM EDT
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On Saturday, Ski + Board in Central Park

Malcolm Pinckney/New York City Department of Parks & Recreation

Get ready to shred in central Park this weekend.

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Even if Mother Nature doesn’t cooperate, there’ll be plenty of snow in Central Park this weekend – because the Olympic Regional Development Authority will be cranking it out for the Department of Parks’ annual Winter Jam NYC, which is just like a getaway to the slopes, only minus the air fares and $90 lift tickets. (They’ll even provide all the equipment, including snowshoes and skis). Some highlights we’re looking forward to: 

-Burton and Head are sponsoring snowboarding and skiing lessons, with instructors teaching all day. 

-Go cross-country skiing or snowshoeing across Lake Placid Snow Field (snowpeople-making also encouraged). 

-For shredders, there’ll be the Switch Academy Rail Jam at the Bandshell. Pre-registration is closed, but the Parks Department encourages showing up for on-site sign-up. 

-See a screening of “Red Bull Project X,” a short movie that documents Olympian Shaun White’s training on his secret half-pipe in Silverton, Colorado. 

-Snack and sip on locally-produced goodies at the Pride of New York Winter Market.

Details
Winter Jam NYC 2010
Saturday, February 6, 11AM-4PM
Central Park, the Bandshell Area (enter at 72nd Street)
Free
More information at nycgovparks.org

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