The snow season is on and things are about to get Real at Winter X Games. Again.

Following the debut of the urban-video showdown at Winter X last January, the Real Snow contest is back for its second year. In this latest incarnation of the all-video, all-urban snowboarding contest, you’ll see eight riders — Winter X rookies and vets alike — who will be judged based on style, technicality and the gnar-factor of their tricks, edited into a tight, 60-second video.

Right now, 2011 Real Snow medalists Dan Brisse (gold), Louis-Felix Paradis (silver) and Nic Sauv√© (bronze and Fan Favorite), plus five new heavy-medal contenders — Jed Anderson, Halldor Helgason, Scott Stevens, Bode Merrill and Pat Moore — are scouring the streets in search of the craziest, most unique urban features to hit and document.

An expert panel of respected riders and industry heavies will decide who brings home the Winter X Games medals, but beginning in January, you get to decide the Fan Favorite — the winner of which will take home $50,000.

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