Vermont's Terrain Parks and Pipes 07
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Some of the top snowboarders competing nationally and internationally today call Vermont resorts home. Their success on the circuits has put Vermont's name on the map for outstanding terrain parks and pipes at resorts that support and grow their sport. Once a playground for snowboarders only, skiers now join the action in the park scene freeskiing - jibbing and going big just like their board bros and betties.
ASCUTNEY MOUNTAIN RESORT Ascutney's Park: The Rip Zone Terrain Park features an array of kickers, tables, various rails, a 24-foot Monster mailbox and other challenges. With the addition of a state-of-the-art sound system last year, the park has become very popular with both skiers and riders. The Sobe Terrain Park Jam, held every year, is always a big hit with guests.
BOLTON VALLEY RESORT Bolton's Parks: Bolton features a lit 1500-foot terrain park with a dedicated lift, plenty of rails and some monster hits. The resort's partnership with Burton Snowboards ensures the best, high performance riding terrain and rental gear. Bolton Valley also adds a brand new Burton-designed progression terrain park this winter for skiers and riders who want to learn and hone their freeride park skills. The night Rider Series goes off every Wednesday night under the lights, where the best local - and visiting - talent catches big air.
BROMLEY MOUNTAIN Bromley's Parks: For the 2006-07 season Bromley will be featuring three terrain parks. Bonanza Park is for novice skiers and riders and has smaller hits and features for easier learning. The Unforgiven Boardercross course features hips, tabletops, and banked turns to combine some speed with air. Finally, there's the Halo Freestyle Park, a freestyler's dream come true, with tons of hits and Blue J Rails.
BURKE MOUNTAIN SKI AREA The GAP: Our expert level terrain park is located on the Upper Mountain with jumps, rails, hits and other fun features. With new and improved snowmaking, The GAP will be open sooner this season.
Dashney Mile: the most popular park, and accessible from the new Sherburne Express High Speed Quad, Dashney Mile is an intermediate level park designed for freestylers aspiring to hit The GAP.
Carter Country Junior Terrain Park: Perfect for the little ones, this beginner level park is located on the J-Bar Hill. The Carter Country Junior Terrain Park has rails, jumps and bumps that even the youngest skiers and riders will conquer.
Open Slope: A great location for spectators, just in front of the Mid Burke Lodge, competitions are held in the Open Slope Terrain Park.
JAY PEAK RESORT Garden and Park: The Grom and Rail Garden on Tramside are suitable for those with even limited skills. The Progression Park and the Park on Stateside are for more accomplished riders who want to take their skills to the next level. For instruction, stop by the Ski School Desk and sign up for a Freestyle Lesson.
KILLINGTON RESORT Reason: As one of the first terrain parks to open on in the Northeast, Reason is a great place to begin the freestyle season before other areas become available.
Killington Resort features will again be a leader in Eastern resort freestyle terrain with early-season features on Reason, and our signature parks at Bear Mountain. In fact, Killington is the only resort in the east to dedicate an entire mountain area to freeriding, parks and pipes with Bear Mountain!
Easy Street: Killington Resort's easiest park is a great place for beginners to learn how to ride rails before moving to more challenging features.
Dreammaker: This more advanced park offers challenging terrain with many different approaches, lines and options and is great for skiers and riders that are not looking for the difficulty found on Wildfire.
Upper Wildfire: Killington Resort is proud to add a new large most advanced high-end street style rail oriented park this year on Upper Wildfire. For skiers and riders that have progressed from Timberline and are looking to ride most advanced technical rails, Upper Wildfire is it. The end of the rail line will also be host this year to the improved big air venue geared towards expert terrain feature athletes only.
Lower Wildfire: Serving as the flagship park for Killington Resort and gaining the reputation as one of the most intense parks in the Northeast, Lower Wildfire is a most advanced park featuring a mixture of technical rails and jumps geared towards slopestyle. This park is not intended for anyone other than most advanced skiers and riders looking to go big.
Superpipe: Killington Resort's most prominent addition to Bear Mountain last year was a superpipe. With 18-foot walls an 18-degree pitch and a length of 430-feet, the Bear Mountain Superpipe is one of the few true superpipes in the country that is equipped with a rope-tow and can be seen from the lodge deck at the base of the mountain. The superpipe also is positioned so that it receives equal amount of sunlight during the day, which gets decreases the sun wall shade wall problem.
MAD RIVER GLEN
Mad River Glen's entire mountain is one giant natural terrain park. Visit the slopes of Mad River Glen to see a terrain park as Mother Nature intended.
MOUNT SNOW RESORT
NEW: At 4940-feet long, Mount Snow's as yet un-named terrain park on Nitro trail at Carinthia has earned the distinction of being the longest in the East. That's nearly a mile of rails, jibs and hits with something for everyone. The new park is serviced by the Nitro Express high-speed quad, which whisks riders to the top of the park in less than five minutes. The name of the terrain park will be chosen with an interactive season-long contest involving guests and season passholders.
Un Blanco Gulch: The East's first terrain park offering a half-dozen 20- to 30-foot tabletops, mailbox slides, battleship rails and straight learn-to rails.
Grommet Park: A park designed just for kids 12 & under with kid-sized hits and rails.
The Gut Superpipe: A 460-foot long monster with 18-foot-high walls and 17-foot transitions. Located at Carinthia and serviced by two lifts, right off the new un-named terrain park.
OKEMO MOUNTAIN RESORT Okemo's Parks and Superpipe: Parks and Pipes Are Coming of Age at Okemo. They're not just for droopy-waisted, baggy-butt snowboarders anymore. The growing popularity of twin-tip skis is seeing an integration of disciplines between all rail-grinding, jib-jumping snow sliders. Instead of initializing a turf war over terrain elements, skiers and snowboarders coexist happily and encourage each other to find their own groove. At Okemo, six terrain parks welcome snow sliders of all ability levels.
Hot Dog Hill features shorter and lower versions of the rails and boxes found in parks like Nor'Easter, Blind Faith and the Dew Zone. Bull Run, with its accessibility to spectators, is most often the site of rail jams and freestyle competitions.
A signature Okemo terrain feature is the Familycross Park on Lower Tomahawk. Big bank turns, fun rollers and mounds of snow create a cruising on-snow rollercoaster ride for all ages and ability levels. Okemo's Sobe Superpipe is the longest halfpipe in the East. With 17-foot-high walls, this 500-foot-long monster is the place to be for serious amplitude and sick tricks. Okemo is finally getting its comeuppance with national recognition from the likes of Skiing and SKI magazine. This is one hot area to watch when it comes to parks and pipes.
SMUGGLERS' NOTCH RESORT
Smugglers' Parks: The beginner's Jib & Jump Park proved so popular that it is being moved to the Log Jam trail (still at Morse Highlands) to provide a longer, wider, and more hit-filled run.
Birch Run Terrain Park on Sterling Mountain is designed for intermediate terrain park snowboarders and skiers.
Prohibition Park on Madonna Mountain offers experts acres of multiple spines, rolls, and table tops and a Superpipe.
The Zone on the Practice Slope of Sterling is set up with a "his" and "her" table-top, rails, fun boxes and other hits which are accessible from the Sterling T-Bar.
STOWE MOUNTAIN RESORT Stowe's Parks and Superpipe: Stowe Mountain Resort is a place that hard-core huckers love. The 'Stock Run' from the top of Mount Mansfield's ForeRunner Quad has at least a half dozen natural hits before you even get to the first terrain park. From there, Stowe's parks are laid-out down the mountain so freestylers can jib and jump from top-to-bottom.
Stowe features a Superpipe and three different Terrain Parks. 'Tyro,' the largest of Stowe's terrain parks is located on upper-Mansfield, directly above Stowe's intermediate park on the lower 'Standard' trail. Stowe's Superpipe is also accessible from these runs.
Last season, with the addition of new snowmaking systems, Stowe greatly improved the timing and delivery of its pipe and parks. Stowe is now one of the few resorts in the northeast that can guarantee the opening of these facilities in December.
STRATTON MOUNTAIN RESORT Stratton's Parks and Superpipe: Stratton means big-mountain skiing and riding with 90 trails and six terrain parks including the Experts Only Power Park and Power Superpipe, both designed and built with the stamp of approval from Stratton snowboarder and two-time Olympic medalist Ross Powers. Last season Stratton stepped it up and opened the enormous 22 foot U.S. Open and Vermont Open Superpipe to the public.
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