What started 13 years ago as a grassroots New England event has evolved into a springtime rite of passage that attracts some of the country’s top professional and amateur snowboarders. Described as one of the nation’s most laid-back snowboarding events by Transworld Snowboarding, Last Call is a come-as-you-are, jam-style competition with $5,000 in prize money up for grabs. This will be the 10th year that Loon has hosted the event with co-sponsor Eastern Boarder.
The contest will be broken up into three sessions, including big air, rails, and a special mystery session. The jumps and jib setups will be as big and audacious as the high-caliber riders who regularly compete in the event.
“Everything’s probably a little bigger than it usually is, a little more chiseled and defined than it would be for the regular public park,” said Jay Scambio, Terrain Park Development Manager for Boyne Resorts.
While riders will compete for $5,000 in prize money and gear, Last Call is better known as an anti-contest, where old friends enjoy the March sun, eat a barbeque lunch together, and throw down in the park.
“It’s basically a day for everybody to get together and celebrate the end of the season,” said Scambio. “Some people just come to hang out, snowboard, and meet up with friends they haven’t seen in a while, and other people come to get after it and ride the amazing setups.”
“If you look at the US Open or the X-Games, it’s very formatted, and very structured, and there’s a lot of money behind it,” Scambio says, “Whereas at Last Call there’s been this pretty high level of rider but we’ve maintained a grassroots vibe.”
Registration for Last Call runs from 8:30 to 10:00 a.m. on March 18 in Java Junction. Riders meet in Loon Mountain Park at 10:45 a.m., with a 3:30 p.m. awards ceremony at the Shaping Shack. An après party will follow from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. in the Paul Bunyan Room. Throughout the contest, competitors and spectators can scope out a tent village filled with reps from K2, Oakley, Crab Grab, Red Bull, and other sponsors.
Loon Mountain Resort is New England’s most-accessible mountain resort destination, featuring Superior Snow, Guaranteed, 2,100 feet of vertical, and three peaks full of terrain variety. Terrain ranges from gentle beginner slopes to long cruisers, steeps and tree skiing, plus a full progression of award-winning terrain parks, halfpipe and superpipe. Loon’s Snowsports School offers programs for all ages and abilities and the Adventure Center features zipline, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, ice-skating, equipment rentals, tours, and an indoor climbing wall. Loon Mountain is operated by Boyne Resorts, the largest family-owned four-season resort company in North America, and is located in the White Mountain National Forest, operating in partnership with the USDA-Forest Service. For more information about Loon Mountain, visit loonmtn.com, like Loon on Facebook at facebook.com/loonmtn, or follow @loonmtn on Twitter. For more information about Loon Mountain Parks, visit facebook.com/loonparksnh or follow @loonparksnh on Instagram.