Each year Bear Mountain's Hot Dawgz and Hand Rails begins the official countdown to the start of the SoCal snowboarding season. The carnival-like atmosphere at Hot Dawgz and Hand Rails–which features entertainment and giveaways from the biggest board, boot, binding, and outerwear manufacturers in the world–is a sideshow to the main event, which is the much celebrated jib showdown. On September 22nd, 2012, the best talents in the rail scene will venture to Bear Mountain, California for a chance at performing in front of the largest crowd of any single snowboarding event in the United States, as well as the opportunity to join the prestigious list of HDHR title holders, which includes Keegan Valaika, Lucas Magoon, Chas Guldemond, Jed Anderson, and a grip of other, equally iconic riders. The 9th annual Hot Dawgz and Hand Rails is set to begin in The Scene at Bear Mountain at 2pm on Saturday September 22nd. Among the 40 confirmed pros set to compete are Brandon Hobush, Dylan Alito, Zak Hale, and Scott Vine, while JP Walker, Joe Sexton, and Scott Stevens will be the official judges.

Those who can't make the trek to Bear Mountain on the 22nd needn't fret, because you can see all of the action online with the live webcast of the entire 2012 Hot Dawgz and Hand Rails being broadcast exclusively on snowboardermag.com. The live webcast presented by Red Bull begins at 1:30pm on snowboardermag.com and ends at 5:15pm with the HDHR awards ceremony. For the last two years, tens of thousands of fans have tuned in to snowboardermag.com as SNOWBOARDER Senior Editor Tom "T. Bird" Monterosso has been joined by Eddie Wall, Mike Ranquet, and Scotty Arnold for the play-by-play color commentary of all the insane jib action. The only way to find out who will be joining Tom for 2012 is to check out snowboardermag.com at 1:30pm Pacific Standard Time on the 22nd.

While at Bear Mountain be sure to pick up your 2012 Screamin' Deal season pass because this is the last day it'll be available at this special price. Go to bearmountain.com for all the info, and make sure to stay tuned to snowboardermag.com for all the live action and up-to-the minute recaps from Bear Mountain's 2012 Hot Dawgz & Hand Rails.

Hot Dawgz & Hand Rails is brought to you by Skullcandy, ThirtyTwo, Red Bull, KIA, Analog, and Electric.

See below for a preview of the setup for Hot Dawgz & Hand Rails at Bear Mountain.