September skiing in Anoka at Pinewski’s

There will be snow in September in Anoka.

Even though it’s not quite in season, it’s a necessity for area skiers and snowboarders to show off their tricks at Pinewski’s Ski and Board Shop.

The local shop on West Main Street is hosting a parking lot rail jam on Saturday, Sept. 29 to mark 25 years in business.

It will be hauling in snow from area ice arenas so professional and semi-professional skiers and snowboards can whip down the roof and hit the rails in a local competition.

“We’re just hoping to have a really fun day and get people amped and jacked up for the ski and snowboard season,” said owner Dan Pinewski. “We’ve invited local skiers and riders to show off their stuff on the rail.”

This isn’t the first time that Pinewski’s has hosted a rail jam, although it’s been on hiatus for a number of years.

In those days, Pinewski’s was hauling in snow in the heat of the summer, trying to make it work in 90 degree temperatures.

So a nice September weekend shouldn’t be much trouble.

The snow will come from area ice rinks and skiers and boarders will be judged on their daredevil tricks by other area experts in the sport.

Pinewski said ski and snowboard teams from area shops have been invited and competitors will include 15-year-old freestyle skier Willy Borm and pro snowboarder Joe Sexton.

The event runs from noon to 6 p.m., is free and open to the public.

Parking will be available at nearby John Ward Park, the outlet at the West Main Shopping Center as well as on nearby city streets.

In addition to the rail jam, Pinewski’s will have more than 20 vendors on site showing off the latest equipment and accessories for the upcoming ski and snowboard season.

Mandy Moran Froemming is at editor.anokaunion@ecm-inc.com

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